Social Justice Through Dance


In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Sandra Paola Lopez Ramirez, a Columbian-American dance artist who reaches a host of populations through her improvisational dance practice. Her work is characterized by the exploration of relationship, gender, race, identity, awareness, kinesthetic listening and touch. Driven by her passion for social justice, she co-founded in2improv, an organization that empowers under-served communities through improvisation and performance. In this podcast, she descries how she became empowered to do socially conscientious work, and discusses several of the programs she has initiated.


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Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Sandra Paola moved to the US in 2004 to pursue her dance career and, since then, has acquired a BFA in dance performance from Missouri State University and a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with an aesthetic education focus from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sandra Paola has taught widely in both formal and informal education settings including the dance department at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival. She has presented at national and international conferences, including TEDx El Paso, and is currently on faculty in the dance program at the University of Texas at El Paso. As the director of in2improv, Sandra Paola currently manages its developing programs in El Paso, Bogota and Ciudad Juarez.

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