Responding to Racialized Trauma: Liberatory Practices to Move Through
Date & Time
Friday, March 31, 2023, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Nicole McClam

When creating a dance performance piece based on QCC's 2022 Common Read selection, "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine, I did not want the creative process to harm the students. Because the book dealt with systemic and interpersonal racism and its physiological toll on the body, I scaffolded the rehearsals to create a container of mutual trust and safety. This experiential workshop will replicate that rehearsal process. Using check-ins, reflective journal prompts, and needs assessments, we will dive into a charged topic and share our experiences and insights about racism. The tradition of white supremacy in higher education dance programs can also harm students, and most QCC dance majors aim to transfer into elite college dance programs that value Eurocentric dance forms over others. Three QCC Dance Faculty members approach dance pedagogy from an anti-racist lens to create an inclusive space for the whole student. In our workshop, we will discuss the evolution toward a culturally responsive pedagogy in three studio courses required for the dance major.

Location Name
Elebash Recital Hall (Ground Floor)
Session Type
Interactive Workshop