Collaborative Learning for Physical Prowess (on the dance floor) is a 2-part social experiment consisting of 1 dance class and 1 dance party. Dancing aside, the question is about communication - How do we learn from each other through gesture, effort, and enthusiasm? Does learning to appreciate someone else's sense of rhythm increase the ability to empathize? Can synchronizing movement encourage other kinds of collaboration?
AND... Best part is, to ask all these questions we don't even need to talk.
1.) How to Dance Like a Boss - with guest presenters Leif J. Lee, Tonisha Toler, & Padraic O'Meara
Knowing that many people would like to dance but feel too shy or inhibited to take dance classes, this project seeks to create fun, inclusive, and safe environments for people to learn to dance. These classes upset the power hierarchy of traditional dance classes by empowering anyone to become a dance teacher. A selection of people who are not professional dancers or dance teachers (but who like to dance) will research and present their favorite ‘How To Dance’ YouTube videos and lead us all in learning the steps/choreography. Jens Hauge and Renee Sills will host and facilitate warm-ups, cool-downs, and a mid-class surprise.
Party For The People
What makes an awesome dance party? We have set out to investigate which elements stand out in the best dance parties and will strive to procure and include as many of them as possible in one unforgettable night. It’s BYO(alcoholic)B but there will be FREE mixers, plenty of water, and snacks! Admission is FREE. See you there!