UPDATE #1 SENT TO REGISTRANTS ON 6/5/18
PARADE DAY: SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018
On behalf of Rhythm & Motion, Dancers’ Group and all of our partners, welcome to the Dance with Pride contingent!
This year’s Pride theme is “Generations of Strength” and this quote, from the theme’s creator, is the inspiration for our upcoming presentation:
“We must ensure the stories of our generations of elders are not lost and that our youth know how to harness the strength built by generations. Most importantly, our youth need to know how to use their own strength both individually and collectively to face the future.”
The three songs I’ve selected are a reflection of both this year’s theme and what I believe Pride represents - a social justice movement, a time to heighten our sense of self-empowerment - individually and collectively, and a celebration of community.
The next few weeks will be a fun process of learning choreography, meeting new people and gearing up for the parade. Some choreography will come easier than others, and I encourage us all to stay positive, support each other, and enjoy the process. Over this time, I also encourage you to take time to reflect on what Pride means to you, to the LGBTQ community, and to so many other people. Reflect on what it took to get us to this point and how much more work is needed to press forward. These reflections about Pride, coupled with our energetic dancing will make our presentation, and message, that much stronger on parade day.
I look forward to our time together – it’s going to be a fun and memorable ride.
The choreography for two of the songs, “This is Me” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” is available online. The third dance to Janelle Monae’s song “Americans,” a choreographic collaboration between a few different people (more on that later), will be up later this week.
Thank you to everyone who attended our kick-off rehearsal on Sunday, June 3! We had a great time!
In our upcoming rehearsals we will go over the choreography and sequence for all three songs, practice them with music, and then learn how to travel the movement forward in space. One rehearsal is required to participate in the contingent, but we highly recommend attending more. The more confident and comfortable we are with the movement, the more fun we’ll have on the route, and the stronger our performance and message will be.
Visit our home base for a list of upcoming rehearsals.
Additionally, for extra practice, some of the Rhythm & Motion instructors will be incorporating the choreography in some of their classes. (Taking class will also be great for building stamina – something we’ll need for parade day.) A list of those teachers will be posted on our info page and will be updated regularly.
Registration to dance or volunteer is open through Sunday, June 17. If you know someone on the fence about dancing with us, encourage them to attend an upcoming free rehearsal to get a feel for things. They can decide to register later.
If you’re active on social media, don’t forget to use #DanceWithPride to share your “Dance With Pride” photos, videos and thoughts.
#DanceWithPride was created in order to bring the Bay Area dance community together in celebration of Pride and to showcase the strength, diversity and influence of dance in its many forms. The contingent is produced by Rhythm & Motion and Dancers’ Group, in proud partnership with: Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, Berkeley Ballet Theater, Latin Dance Grooves, ODC School and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.
The 2018 Dance with Pride parade contingent is brought to you by: