Spring 2021 School of Dance EDIB Progress Report

The School of Dance is committed to building a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive environment, where cultural diversity and race is celebrated and valued. For the Spring semester, faculty and staff worked to address equity, diversity and inclusion in a variety of ways which included:

  • curricular expansion and adjustments that celebrate the work of a wide array of artists of color
  • expansion of our dress code to include flesh tone dancewear
  • engaged diverse guest faculty, choreographers, and lecturers
  • outreach conversations with our Preparatory Dance and year-round program to provide dance education to local underserved communities

Curricular expansions and modifications

Dance History I course expansion and modifications: 

  • Origins of Vernacular Jazz and Harlem Renaissance 
  • History of Dance Theatre of Harlem
  • Black Ballerina (Including a film by the same name)
  • Unit of discussion on diversifying in American ballet companies
  • Romantic Era- ‘restaging/recreating the Pas de Quatre in the modern time.
  • Unit on Balanchine included section on Arthur Mitchell and Mel Tomlinson.
  • Unit on Ballets Russes included a section on Raven Wilkerson 
  • Unit on Ballets Russes included sections on 5 Native American Ballerinas
  • Unit on Contemporary Ballet included sections on Alonzo King
  • Unit on Petipa included footage of Carlos Acosta and Lauren Anderson

Current Trends course expansion and modifications:

Current Trends explores an array of artists that cut across age, gender, geographic location, race and ethnicity. The work of three collaboration teams in particular (Cherie Hill, Hope Mohr, Karla Quintero, and David Neumann, Marcella Murray and Tei Blow and Miguel Gutierrez) problematize white supremacy within the art form.

Career Preparation I modifications:

Guest speakers for this course were chosen with a concentrated effort to provide representation through varied race, gender, sexual orientation, geographical location, and dance style. Creation of artist bios supported the use of preferred pronouns and when discussing attire for audition classes, skin toned shoes and tights were supported. 

Dance Costume Shop 

Acquired tights and undergarments in a wide range of skin tones and provided guidance to students for purchasing skin tone garments. Also provided guidance in painting shoes to match students skin tone. 

Guest Faculty, Choreographers and Lecturers

  • Juel D. Lane, alumnus and guest choreographer, spring semester
  • Gaspard Louis, guest choreographer, fall and spring semesters
  • Krisha Marcano, assistant dean of drama, Intensive Arts and spring semester
  • Ray Basa, guest artist, Intensive Arts
  • Dawn Marie Bazemore, guest artist, Intensive Arts
  • Mercedes Bernardez, guest artist, Intensive Arts
  • Cynthia Koppe, guest artist, Intensive Arts
  • Sherone Price, guest artist, Intensive Arts
  • Yin Yue, guest contemporary choreographer, winter workshop
  • Da'Von Doane, guest artist, fall and spring semesters
  • Wesley Williams, guest artist, spring semester
  • Dom-Sebastian, guest artist, spring semester
  • Robert Moses, guest artist, spring semester
  • Laura Gutierrez, alumna and guest artist, fall and spring semesters
  • Monica Stephenson, guest artist, spring semester
  • Ja'Malik, guest artist, winter workshop
  • Dwana Smallwood, alumna and guest artist, N.C. Festival of Dance
Juel D. Lane, alumnus and guest choreographer, spring semester | Freelance choreographer and performing artistGaspard Louis, guest choreographer, fall and spring semesters | Artistic Director, Gaspard and dancersKrisha Marcano, assistant dean of drama, Intensive Arts and spring semester | Musical TheaterRay Basa, guest artist, Intensive Arts | Instructor, The Legacy Continues; House danceDawn Marie Bazemore, guest artist, Intensive Arts | Professor, Rowan UniversityMercedes Bernardez, guest artist, Intensive Arts | Artistic Director, Carret Dance ConservatoryCynthia Koppe, guest artist, Intensive Arts | Yoga instructor, WiseBodiesSherone Price, guest artist, Intensive Arts | Professor, Appalachian State UniversityYin Yue, guest contemporary choreographer, winter workshop | Artistic Director, YY Dance CompanyDa'Von Doane, guest artist, fall and spring semesters | Former company artist with Dance Theatre of HarlemWesley Williams, guest artist, spring semester | Artistic Director, Suah African Dance TheatreDom-Sebastian, guest artist, spring semester | Artistic Director, TheBBoyBalletRobert Moses, guest artist, spring semester | Artistic Director, Robert Moses' KinLaura Gutierrez, alumna and guest artist, fall and spring semesters | Performing artist and choreographerMonica Stephenson, guest artist, spring semester | Head of School, The Washington School of Ballet SE campusJa'Malik, guest artist, winter workshop | Artistic Director, Ballet Boy ProductionsDwana Smallwood, alumna and guest artist, N.C. Festival of Dance | Founder, Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center

October 28, 2021