The public dance practice Don’t You Feel It Too? (DYFIT) seeks individuals to join our artist-healer-activist Cohort and be part of a 9-month exploration, our third year creating this program. We are seeking to expand to 40 members for the practice season from March to November 2019. The DYFIT Cohort is a community of practice. We study together by taking and offering workshops; we support each other in our own pursuits related to art, activism, and healing; and we know each other through dancing in public regularly together.
This year, we focus the exploration on how to be a Cohort of Resilience and Resistance, responding to the needs arising from the current political climate, and acting in conversation with local and national resistance efforts. We are exploring DYFIT as “pleasure activism,” (adrienne maree brown’s term)─seeking a type of activism that can move lives with joy, not only anger and fear, and make social justice work irresistible.
Ideal applicants seek alternative ways of being creative, spiritual, and civically engaged, and especially interested in interdisciplinarity. You have a strong interest in deepening your activism, and in connecting it to the other two aspects of DYFIT─dance/art or healing. We especially welcome people of color. There are no age restrictions. You do not need to have any formal background in organizing.
In development since 2008, Don't You Feel It Too? (DYFIT) is the radical and beautiful practice of dancing your inner life in public for social healing and personal liberation. Participants report feeling stress relief, compassion, confidence, and connection. DYFIT is an artistic mind-body practice that explores the intersection of performance, protest, spirituality, health, and civic belonging. For more information about the current Cohort, please see this page.
The DYFIT practice will:
Offer 7-9 workshops/events free of charge to Cohort members Mar-Oct; 4 of these will be intensives specifically focused on the exuberant activist body;
Offer 80-100 public practice sessions for self and community care; and
Connect Cohort members to one another through affinity groups, informal social gatherings, and other opportunities for artistic collaboration.
Cohort members agree to support the Cohort and practice by:
Attending at least ten public practice sessions and three workshops/events, all in 2019;
Volunteering 5 hours at one of the events/workshops, or in a variety of other creative ways; and
Participating in communications and sharing notes for common learning.
We’ve already confirmed workshops with somatic therapist Thea Lee and Dharma leader Rev. angel Kyodo williams; and we are in the process of engaging cultural worker/organizer Rosza Daniel Lang/Levitsky.