The Legacy Conversation Series: Red Clay Dance Company

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Join the women of Red Clay Dance Company; Vershawn Sanders-Ward, Founding Artistic Director and CEO, Sara Ziglar, Artistic Associate and Program Manager of Community Engagement Education and Partnership (CEEP), and Chaniece Holmes, Artistic Associate and Director of the Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble, in conversation.
Moderated by Denise Saunders Thompson, President and CEO of The International Association of Blacks in Dance
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The Legacy Conversation Series provides a glimpse into the history, culture, and artistic vision of the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project’s eight diverse dance companies. Each monthly, moderated conversation presents a vital opportunity to delve into the stories of creative leaders and their companies, and the significant impact their legacies have made in Chicago and beyond.
Founded in Brooklyn, NY in July 2008 and now based in Chicago, IL., Red Clay Dance Company (RCDC) is the brainchild of Vershawn Sanders-Ward, the institutions’ Founding Artistic Director & CEO. Red Clay Dance is Chicago’s premier Afro-contemporary dance company, voted Best Dance Organization by the Chicago Reader in 2019. Its’ mission is to awaken “glocal” change through creating, performing, and teaching dances of the African Diaspora–change that transforms cultural and socio-economic inequities in our local and global community.
The touring company is an all-female ensemble that tours and performs locally, nationally, and internationally the choreographic work of its founder. The organization also houses its own Dance Academy, Youth Ensemble, and provides dance education programming to schools and community partners.
RCDC is rooted in African Diaspora movement practices and serves as a platform for Artivism (art + activism). It creates dance work that aspires to have a “glocal” impact and help to erase the cultural and socio-economic inequities in our city, nation, and world.
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1 Hour