A workshop with Thea Lee / Presented by Don’t You Feel It Too?
Sunday, March 25: Workshop session #1, 11:00am-5:00pm / Jawaahir Dance Studio, 3010 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Friday, March 30: Dance-action at Planned Parenthood, 12:30-2:00pm; and Workshop session #2, 2:30-4:30pm / TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave West, St. Paul, MN 55114
Attendance is limited to 15. Attendance at all three sessions over the two days is required. Experience with DYFIT and/or other somatic practices is required.
FREE, plus suggested donation. Sign up HERE
As the words suggest, activism and (social/political/cultural change) movements involve physical movements, being active, and taking actions, all of which engage our individual and collective bodies. Also, we are "moved" to take actions when we feel strongly and clearly about something such as the upcoming dance-action at Planned Parenthood.
The preparatory workshop will provide the participants with informational framework as well as experiential exercises to:
understand the role of the body in effective and sustainable activism;
cultivate greater capacity for embodying and processing strong emotions that are inherent in conflicts and pursuit of peace and justice.
The workshop will address, among other things:
cultural biases, distortions and conditioning about emotions that are rooted in racism, gender identities and classism;
spiritual importance of learning to hold the opposites such as hate and compassion;
and embodied accountability for our capacity to do harm.
The workshop immediately following the dance-action will be an opportunity for the participants to debrief their experiences and observations, and to regulate our body-mind-heart-spirit from the state of high stimulation and outward expressions to inner grounding and reflections. To learn more about the dance-action, visit here.
About Thea: Thea Lee is a somatic therapist and long-time friend of DYFIT. She is an immigrant woman of color whose mixed Korean-Japanese heritage is a direct result of Japanese colonization of Korea and the source of her life-long interest in the intersection of healing and justice. She very much looks forward to working with the DYFIT Cohort members.
This activity is part of a series of 12 self and community care workshops and events. It is made possible by the Headwaters Foundation for Justice; and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.