From the early days of the pandemic through all of 2021, RAWdance held virutal Choreo Club classes online. Open to any and all, each hour-long, free session involved a short warm up before focusing on choreography, creating a shared dance that was built over time.
Inspired by our years teaching dance workout classes, holding workshops on contemporary choreography and technique, and pulling together the occasional flashmob, our goal was to create a stylized contemporary dance for all levels* of dance experience, true to the RAWdance style, that fed the need to move! During the time when we were all dancing from home, the goal was also simply to bring people together.
Choreo Club was a free offering, but when folks were inspired to donated, all funds raised were distributed to designated organizations working to make our communities more vibrant and equitable.
Donations were made to Queer Cultural Center, Afro Urban Society, the Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) initiative of Western Arts Alliance, the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund (a project of the Arts Administrators of Color), the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Women of Color in the Arts, the Asian American Arts Alliance, Dance To Be Free, Destiny Arts Center, and Emerging Arts Professionals.
Read about RAWdance’s Choreo Club Philosophy
Choreo Club Philosophy: For this class to be a space for our community to come together through dance, it’s vital that we all strive to make the class open, inclusive, positive, and safe for everyone participating. This includes creating a space that upholds anti-racist practices. This includes a space that embraces any expression of gender and sexuality, that celebrates all bodies and physical abilities, as well as every age, socio-economic status, nationality, and spiritual belief system. Creating, celebrating, and navigating community is important and also takes work from each of us individually. And digital spaces present additional challenges of access, communication, and dynamics. We ask that all participants work with us towards these values of respect and equity.
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