Move Your Body, Move Your Heart: The Wan Move Diaspora Experience Is A Catalyst For Social Change
The Wan Move Diaspora experience is not only a celebratory event showcasing the array of dance talents across the Diaspora, but it also serves as focal point for social change.
The 8 day event, which will take place in Kingston, Jamaica November 26-December 2nd, will host opportunities for community service and conversation centering marginalized Black communities worldwide.
“As we find ourselves at an inflection point in matters of state and international relations, I believe there is no time like the present to use our passion, creativity, and bodies to express ourselves,” said Moiika Stanley, CEO, Wan Move Diaspora.
“My desire to bring together varying cultures from around the world is three-fold: To elevate the perception of Black dance and increase propriety by Blacks on a global scale; Increase participation in social and civic engagement through the arts; and create opportunities, platforms and a sounding board for communities that, historically, are marginalized,” Stanley continues.
The daily activities throughout the conference will shed light on pressing social issues within the context of dance. Movement, which is at the core of many of our cultural celebrations as a diaspora, will be expressed freely outside of the grasps of culture vultures and mainstream commodification. Dance is seen as a healing balm in this context that transcends color, nationality and language.
Dance pros from Brazil, the US, Jamaica, The Congo, Nigeria, and the Dominican Republic will be on hand to explain how Diasporan dance impacts the world. Guests will experience masterclasses and workshops focused on dance. The dancing will lend itself to moving in other ways–including moving hearts–to give back and come together as a global community.
If you’re interested in attending, or want to learn more, you can purchase a package to to the Wan Move Dance Experience in Jamaica here: www.wanmovediaspora.com.