New York, NY- On Saturday November 8, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) will host "NO SUCH THING AS NEUTRAL," a day-long symposium about two distinctive New York City street dance forms: Lite Feet, founded in Harlem, and Flex, started in Brooklyn. The symposium will explore how these urban dance forms—known for improvisation, informal teaching methods, and the central role of marginalized communities of color in their production—are often figured in opposition to more traditional dance forms, but are making significant contributions to the contemporary dance world.
NO SUCH THING AS NEUTRAL is the culminating research project of BCRW Alumnae Fellow Ali Rosa-Salas ’13, an artist and curator who, since graduating from Barnard, has collaborated with institutions including the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and the New Museum. Now in its third year, BCRW’s Alumnae Fellowship is awarded each year to a Barnard alumna whose professional art practice fosters critical dialogue around feminism and social justice.
The two-part event will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Barnard College's Diana Center Event Oval, located on Barnard’s campus at 3009 Broadway (entrance at 117th Street).
- From 3pm-5pm, join pioneers of the Flex and Lite Feet communities for a lecture-demonstration and discussion moderated by Ali Rosa-Salas. Panelists include Chrybaby Cozie, Tatianna "Tati B" Butler, Alora "Gaia" Martinez, Reggie "Regg Roc" Gray, Diedra Braz, Shelby "Shellz" Felton, and Andre "Dre" Redman.
- From 6pm-8pm, Rep Your Style co-founder Melanie Aguirre will host the first-ever all-women Lite Feet and Flex exhibition showcase from 6-8pm. Featured dancers include renowned female Flex and Lite Feet dancers Shellz, KitKat, Android, Betty Spaghetti, Lil Spank, Tootie, Cleo, and Gaia.
NO SUCH THING AS NEUTRAL is free and open to the public.
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ABOUT THE BARNARD CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN
Since its founding in 1971, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) has been at the very forefront of feminist action and scholarship. BCRW promotes women’s and social justice issues in the local spheres of the Barnard College community and academic and activist networks in New York City, as well as having a voice in national and transnational feminist organizing and research. We are a well-recognized nexus of feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike.
ABOUT REP YOUR STYLE
Founded in 2012 by urban dance luminaries Kid Glyde Alicea and Melanie Aguirre, Rep Your Style is a pioneering platform for street dance artists to skill-share, perform, and compete within and across dance styles. With workshops and competitions hosted in New York City, London, Slovakia, Peru, Montreal, Toronto, Kingston and Shanghai, Rep Your Style has and continues to thrive as a global leader in the urban dance community.