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Dancing Around Race with Gerald Casel

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Patsy Collins, Communications Coordinator, Emory Dance Program

A Workshop presented by the Emory Dance Program

January 23, 2024 (Atlanta, GA) – On February 13, 2024 at 7:30pm, the Emory Dance Program

will present a Friends of Dance Workshop entitled, “Dancing Around Race – Cultivating Racial

Equity and Absolute Belonging” featuring Gerald Casel.

Gerald Casel (he/they/siya) is a dance artist, equity advocate, and antiracist educator. Utilizing

a decolonial approach and using tools from Dancing Around Race, a community engagement

social practice that challenges systemic racial inequity, Gerald Casel shares their ongoing

research on race and racism in dance. Through candid conversations along with some

movement provocations, participants will be asked to explore their relationships to power,

social position, and where and how they exist within systems and institutions of dance

education, performance, and production. They will also be asked to share something about

their dance training and experience (and teachers), reflecting on the ancestral legacies they

hold. Those who attend will also be encouraged to develop an embodied manifesto that aligns

ongoing, lasting actions with values of equity and absolute belonging.

As director of GERALDCASELDANCE, Casel's choreographic work complicates and provokes

questions surrounding colonialism, collective cultural amnesia, whiteness and privilege and the

tensions between the invisible/perceived/obvious structures of power. Casel is Professor and

Chair of the Department of Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. They

have previously been a faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of

Wisconsin-Milwaukee, California State University Long Beach, and UC Santa Cruz where he also

served as the Provost of Porter College. A graduate of The Juilliard School with an MFA from

UW-Milwaukee, they received a New York Dance and Performance Award “Bessie” for

sustained achievement for dancing in the companies of Stephen Petronio, Michael Clark,

Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Sungsoo Ahn, and The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He is the founder

of Dancing Around Race, an ongoing community engaged-participatory program that

interrogates systemic racial inequities.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 13 | 7:30pm

WHERE: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Dance Studio

PRICING: Free, No registration required

For more information about the Emory Dance Program and upcoming events, visit

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