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Intersections Dance Collective (IDC) presents extracts from “Moving Forward”, a community-based performance born out of reflection around movements for social change. Research and conversations about how...

The Intersections Dance Collective (IDC) was formed in 2014 with four dancers of diverse performing backgrounds, two multi-skilled musicians, and an artistic director from France, with the goal of inspiring social change through movement and expression. Our performances would be unique in that audiences wouldn’t just sit and watch, but they would also be invited to participate in a movement workshop held directly after the performance.

Our first piece, From a Point Within to a Place Out With, premiered at the Intersections 2014 Awards Gala for an audience of about 300. Since then, dance has become an integral part of Intersections’ outreach programming. Performances are created with a social justice foundation uniquely expressed from a multi-faith, multicultural perspective.

Our 2015 production, Moving Forward was born out of movements for social change, such as the Civil Rights movement, the march on Selma, the women’s rights movement, and Gandhi’s teachings. Research and conversations about how these events affected not only local communities, but the dancers themselves, were translated into dance. Performances of Moving Forward and interactive workshops were presented at Judson Memorial Church and Ft. Washington Collegiate Church, both in New York City. In October of 2015, the Dance Collective performed an original duet, Identity Cards, at the first annual Danita Branam Dialogue on Race.

In 2016, the collective will research and create around the theme of commonality within diversity. The Common Denominator explores the common threads of humanity which are often overshadowed by our differences in the midst of conflict. In addition, the IDC will focus on outreach to schools in New York City, where members will facilitate workshops that will explore social justice concepts through movement.

And finally, the IDC will collaborate on another current Intersections initiative — Uniform Justice: The Montclair Project — by building a collective of dancers in Montclair, NJ to shape a new piece for their community this spring. The Montclair Project is a multi-faceted initiative designed to strengthen community-police relations, as well as facilitate cross-cultural dialogue in Montclair communities.