I’m working on a very exciting new project that centers around empowerment of girls – specifically from Roosevelt Middle School in the underserved San Antonio District of Oakland. In this neighborhood girls are facing a variety of dangers including physical assault, kidnapping and gun violence.
Phase 1 of this project has begun, with a week-long workshop for girls at the EastSide Cultural Center on International Boulevard Boulevard and 23rd Avenue on April 14-18, 2014. This exciting work brings dNaga together with the East Bay Asian Youth Center, EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland Sol Education Garden Project, and Rice & Beans Childcare Collective. The workshop includes modern, hip hop, composition and dance history, urban planning and community gardening, with an overarching theme of exploring identity, freedom, growing safe spaces by sharing personal experiences to build a strong community of girls.
The girls are forging connections with each other, the Cultural Center and Community Garden on International Blvd, which are safe spaces for them to return to and be part of over the next years. They are encouraged to cull movement ideas from their own personal stories and to use them as fodder for choreography.
This workshop runs from April 14 – 18 and will culminate in a performance opportunity for the participating girls. If you are interested in attending the informal showing on Friday, April 18 (2pm at EastSide) email Mollie@dNaga.org.
This project is supported in part by the City of Oakland’s Craft and Cultural Arts department and a generous matching grant from community members Constance Clare and Felice Newman in the amount of $1,000. Please consider partnering with us as an investment in the health and safety of girls and women in our community. Please send a tax-deductable check, made out to Dancer’s Group with dNaga GIRL in the memo, to:
dNaga / Danspace
473 Hudson Street
Oakland, CA 94618
or visit and donate online at: http://dancersgroup.org/sponsoredprojects/dnaga/