Professional black dance companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, and many others have been tackling this issue of the lack of nude dancewear items for dancers of color for years. A dancer’s journey to the ranks of these companies starts with the first plié at a school- or community-based dance program or privately-owned dance studio. Nude dancewear basics are required even here, at the beginning of the journey. Today, we’ll disprove what we’re hearing anecdotally from major dancewear companies, that there is “just no demand” for these items. There is indeed great need across the span of a dancer’s career--from studio to stage.
Share the testimonials of professional black dance companies and their schools that are affected by the lack of nude dancewear items for their artists and students. Share the testimonials of the many school- or community-based dance programs or privately-owned dance studios dealing with this issue, too. Studio Owner and Director Cristine Davis talks with Dance/USA about IABD's #dyeingtomatch campaign! http://fb.me/2MuA3kUCS.
Build your message:
Are you a studio owner, program director, or professional dance artist? Tell your story of how the lack of dancewear basics in your nude has affected your students or career. Talking points:
A brief description of your program or company, including mission, history, and type of work you do
Share your thoughts on equity & diversity in the dancewear industry.
Why are you participating in and supporting the #dyeingtomatch campaign?
What results do you want to see from this campaign?
32nd Annual International Conference and Festival • January 2020 To Be Announced
CUMBE: CENTER FOR AFRICAN AND DIASPORA DANCE
Cumbe is a home for African and Diaspora dance and music. Through classes and cultural programs, we invite everyone to feel the joy and vitality of rhythms rooted in Africa. Cumbe champions African and Diaspora culture as a vibrant legacy for people of African descent and as an exuberant source of power, spirit and knowledge for all. Website: http://cumbedance.org/