Art is an Elastic Sort of Love

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A post about dance and social change in Punjab on the American India Foundation blog! 

                                                      CHECK IT OUT! 

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“If rape happens in Delhi, everyone gets excited,” says Abhilasha Kumari, director of Apne Aap Woman Worldwide. “But these women are raped every day,” she says of the country’s prostitutes.One such woman is Rani, who cooks and cleans for her six children and husband during the day, and has sex with as many as five men per night. She has been prostituted by her husband since she was 19. Rani is a member of the Perna community, where intergenerational prostitution is routine, and the women betray their true feelings when they emphatically declare that they would never let their daughters go into sex work. Read more: http://bit.ly/14y2uX2Want to help? Apne Aap and New Light are working to break the cycle of intergenerational prostitution.

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“If rape happens in Delhi, everyone gets excited,” says Abhilasha Kumari, director of Apne Aap Woman Worldwide. “But these women are raped every day,” she says of the country’s prostitutes.

One such woman is Rani, who cooks and cleans for her six children and husband during the day, and has sex with as many as five men per night. She has been prostituted by her husband since she was 19. Rani is a member of the Perna community, where intergenerational prostitution is routine, and the women betray their true feelings when they emphatically declare that they would never let their daughters go into sex work. 

Read more: http://bit.ly/14y2uX2

Want to help? Apne Aap and New Light are working to break the cycle of intergenerational prostitution.

A Tap Dancer’s Craft on Ted Ed. 

The story of tap. Those clear as a bell rhythms. Be still my (nerdy yet passionate) beating heart. 

U.S. Department of State: World Day Against Child Labor

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Each year since 2002, the international community has come together on June 12 to mark World Day Against Child Labor. According to estimates of the International Labor Organization (ILO), over 215 million children…

A disproportionate amount of underage children involved in child labor are girls.

Words to live by. 
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Remembering Anne Frank, who would have turned 84 today.

Words to live by. 

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Remembering Anne Frank, who would have turned 84 today.

Beautiful (San Francisco bound!) freelance artists perform on a rainy Portland day. Moving for freedom on the docks. 

Thank you to all of the amazing movers who have shown their support for freedom, dignity, and the vision of a city free of human trafficking. 

Video on the Free Body Project Facebook page. 

www.freebodyproject.org 

The amazing Portland-based contemporary dance company for high schoolers aspiring to careers on the world’s big stages (the Jefferson Dancers) show their support for Free Body Project- mobilizing dancers to move against human trafficking in Oregon. 
More photos on the Free Body blog! 

Universal Movement- Yoga in Africa

Not only Yoga is universal. So is movement, dance. Our bodies. Our expression, our dignity, our understanding. Through movement we can see each other in the same light. How beautiful and bright. 

Yoga in Africa

                                       On the NY Times blog: Yoga in Africa. 

Beautiful dancers moving for freedom in Portland, Oregon. 

Dance as a tool for social change, cross-cultural connection, and awareness raising. Moving against human trafficking locally and abroad. Everyone moves- move with us. 

Free Body Project. 

(Support the Kickstarter campaign that will turn this movement into film!) 

About my upcoming piece to be debuted in Polaris Dance Theatre’s X-POSED showcase (opening June 5 in Portland, OR). Also about the inspiration behind Free Body Project. Give it a look see. Dance and activism, makin’ waves. 

Want to support more dance + anti-human trafficking activism? Donate to this Kickstarter ($1, $3!!) and make history by having a hand in the creation of this unique film. 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1505463974/the-free-body-film

Photo: Busara Dance Group Rehearse in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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"Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Busara contemporary dance group rehearse a production about child soldiers at an arts centre."

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The Free Body Film on Kickstarter!

Free Body Project, raising awareness of human trafficking through dance, is now on Kickstarter! Catch a glimpse of their amazing work: 

                                                           THE FREE BODY FILM!

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Funds from this campaign will go toward the creation of a dance and awareness raising film made in collaboration with Kolkata Sanved, a non-profit saving lives through dance in India. 

Through video and the physicality of dance, the Free Body Film explores how we are altered when faced with the daunting truth of human trafficking. How do we reckon with the understanding that this human rights abuse is happening to women around us? How do we make a difference?

Human trafficking is a big problem in Oregon. More people need to know about it. Dance is a powerful tool for communication, expression, and healing. Awareness raising, while it does not seem like much, is an incredibly important step in moving toward a world free of trafficking. Through awareness raising we may change negative stigmas, allow community members to identify signs of human trafficking and report them, and encourage law makers to support victim-centered policies.

Skip a fancy coffee and donate $3. Every dollar counts- supporting such a unique endeavor will make you feel better than caffeine can!

Together we move for freedom. 

This is what people see as they commute to work in Philly. 

Hollaback Philly is absolutely doing it right.

PHILLY! Combatting violence against women one negative cat call at a time. 

(Source: poweredbygirl, via thenewwomensmovement)

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: "Making love to an old man is like // Making love to a limp cornstalk blackened by fungus."

Art. Poetry. Heart-wrenching truth and, somewhere, the hope for change. 

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This landai, or two-line poem, is from Afghanistan, written by a woman forced to marry an old man when she was 15.

Journalists Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy chronicled women’s use of poetry in Afghanistan. Read and see their work and more poems here.

It’s National Poetry Month. Send us…

First International Conference on Social Change THROUGH THE ART OF MOVEMENT!

The field of dance activism- of using dance and movement as tools for catalyzing positive social change across the globe- is gaining momentum!! 

I am so thrilled that Move this World is presenting the First International Conference on Social Change Through the Art of Movement. 

We are all movers, using our bodies to speak and express. Movement connects us across time and space. Our ancestors danced as we do. Except that we are changing the world with our dances. 

SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH THE ART OF MOVEMENT- learn more about the event to take place in the Philippines on April 22, 23, and 24.  

     international conference