BLACK LIVES MATTER
Dear LMP Community,
We call upon you to listen, learn, and pay attention to the unrelenting harm being done to Black people in our country. It is time to recognize and say out loud that white dominant culture is dangerously pervasive everywhere, including in dance education. In order to disrupt and dismantle structural racism, we need to identify it within our own institutions and organizations, and then hold ourselves accountable to do the work every day.
At Local Motion Project, we are confronting the white supremacy in dance that has long privileged euro-centric dance forms such as ballet and modern, that has lacked representation of Black bodies in ballet, and that has culturally appropriated and trivialized dance forms outside of the white normative teachings.
We invite you into an ongoing conversation that pushes and challenges limited viewpoints, and makes space for the voices of Black people in dance. This is an ever-evolving conversation that will remain at the core of our organization.
In pursuit of shared humanity,
Sara Lavan, Founder, Co-Artistic Director, and Executive Director
Kylie Murray, Co-Artistic Director and Chief Operating Officer