WDAC-DMV facilitates engagements and opportunities for local women dance artists of color to convene (in-person or virtually) and learn from guest artists, share creative processes, organize around social issues directly affecting our "membership", exchange information, and provide mutual support and camaraderie.
WDAC-DMV is a local collaborative coalition of Women Dance Artists of Color in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Established in 2017 in-partnership with Dance Place, a group of local self-identifying women of color dancers created the WDAC-DMV to strengthen a local network of practitioners of women dance/movement artists by increasing opportunities and access to liberated spaces for our shared organizing, community-building, creative-play, and dance-making. WDAC preserves and builds upon the legacy and history of Women Dance Artists of Color in the DMV as an international, multi-cultural dance-hub by addressing issues that affect our communities. As keepers of modern griot traditions, dance-making is as a valuable and accessible tool for sharing knowledge/experience while increasing dialogue, transformation, and empathy through somatic perceptions, observations, and investigations. The coalition builds equity from within by creating mutually supportive spaces to bear witness, to open possibilities for ease and healing, to foster social bonds, and for collective problem-solving. WDAC-DMV actively rebukes systems of white-hetero-patriarchy in all forms, including being beholden to metrics-based outcomes and performative measures of “success.”