Thursday, December 7, 2017

Rap on the Intersection of Dance & Race

Community Events & Programs, Master Classes & Workshops

Approximate Run-time: 6:30-8:00 PM


Free | Open to the public

To RSVP, call 651.282.3115 or reserve your spot online.

Free parking available
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Join us for a community conversation exploring the intersection of dance and racial/ethnic identity. The panel will include Donald Byrd (Spectrum Dance Theater Artistic Director) and Nia-Amina Minor (Spectrum Dance Theater); as well as local artists Michel Kouakou (Daara Dance Company), Karla Nweje (Choreographer/Arts Educator), Marciano Silva dos Santos (Contempo Physical Dance), and Rosy Simas (Rosy Simas Danse). Moderated by Karen L. Charles (Threads Dance Project Artistic Director), each of the panelists will be sharing their unique perspective on how racial/ethnic identity has impacted their experience as an artist of color.



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The Lundstrum Performing Arts building is accessible. To request ASL interpretation or other accommodations, please include requests in your reservation by November 22.


More ways to connect

Threads Partnership Series

Through the Taking Our Place Centerstage initiative, SoulTouch Productions, Threads Dance Project, and the Ordway will illuminate the interconnectedness of dance and racial identity through personal narrative and collective experience in a series of conversations, showings, and classes during an advance visit by Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater’s Executive Artistic Director. For more information, visit Spectrum Dance Theater’s A Rap on Race.

Spectrum Dance Theater live in performance

Spectrum Dance Theater presents A Rap on Race as part of Ordway’s Music & Movement series on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets and more information, call 651.224.4222 | TTY 651.282.3100 or visit the performance page.

Photo above: Left: Threads Dance Project artistic director Karen L. Charles. Right: Spectrum Dance Theater artistic director Donald Byrd.


The Karen L. Charles Threads Dance Project