• Seven dancers wearing white sit crosslegged on a tiled floor and look up at the camera.

    Manifesting the Music and Stories of the Body

    Evie Ladin, a body music choreographer based in the Bay Area, describes the impetus behind her piece "Water in the Kettle," which combines Afrodiasporic polyrhythms with…

  • Aiano demonstrates a reach upward and backward with their other hand on their stomach. Students in the mirror behind her watch and follow.

    Coming Home

    Aiano Nakagawa, a dance artist, educator, facilitator, writer, and event producer in the Bay Area, shares their story confronting and overcoming their body image inner demons.

  • Ralph dances in a studio with one dancer wearing pink. He lunges with one arm extended, and she kneels ont he floor with one arm extended. Two other dancers watch.

    Dance as a Medium to Access Different Communities

    Associate Professor Ralph Buck, Head of Dance Studies at the University of Auckland, explains his community-oriented pedagogical approach that challenges dance’s role in the…

  • Janet stands and talks in a microphone on a dark lit stage. A podium is behind her and she holds a book she's reading from.

    Women at the Top: Leaders in Dance

    Kathryn Roszak looks at the state of women leadership in major dance companies through talking to Wendy Whelan, Associate Artistic Director at New York City Ballet; Janet Eilber,…

    Dancers of different ages spread out on stage facing different directions and wearing different colored dresses.

    Expanding the Circle of Dancers

    Risa Jaroslow, a choreographer based in the Bay Area, discusses how her upcoming piece “Talking Circle” imagines a turning point in the life of a small community, as well as how her interest evolved to include nontrained performers in her choreography.

    A clown mask with a headband reading "fraud nation" set among dried grasses.

    Pretendians in Dance

    Snowflake Arizmendi-Calvert, a performance artist based in the Bay Area, discusses the problem of pretendians (people pretending to be Indians) in dance, and how folks can learn to advocate for Indigenous artists.

    Yashoda wears a red sari with gold jewelry. One arm is extended in front of her with her thumb lifted. The other arm is near her chest bent at the embow with two fingers extended.

    Reclaiming An Invisible Woman’s Dance

    Dr. Yashoda Thakore, a Kuchipudi dancer and scholar in India, researches the Kalavantulu, the women temple dancers from Telugu-speaking areas. She describes their historical significance and why she is trying to erase the stigma around them through education.