MLK Day Workshop 2024

MLK Day Special Workshop (Post Event Recap)

Mon, Jan 15 was Martin Luther King Day and we held a special fundraiser/workshop that day to introduce the Cincinnati Lindy Hop community to the issues of empathy and racial awareness within the Lindy Hop & Jazz Dance World. I'm excited to reported that we had 20 community members support and/or participate in the event. We watched a video workshop, had discussion about it, and raised $429. Special thanks to Hoffner Lodge, which donated the space for the event. During our workshop, those in attendance caucused to determine where/how to donate the money that was raised and the division ended up as follows:

I encourage everyone to become aware of and support these three excellent organizations who's work is focused within the Global Lindy Hop and Jazz Dance Community.

MLK Day Program (Mon, Jan 15, 2024)

Empathy & Racial Awareness Within The Lindy Hop Community

Monday, Jan 15, 2024

@ Hoffner Lodge Ballroom

4120 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223

Community Co-Hosts:
Hoffner Lodge, Joel Domoe, Allison Jacobs, Abby Thrasher, Delaan Sumler, Jacob Donnermeyer, Allegra Thatcher, Eric Wolff, Daniel Verdon, Bryan Sykes, Ellie Zhukenova, Joseph Symons, Mary Price, Jules Myers, Natalie Forbes, Rachel Payne, Meghan Stapletom, Claire Danna

Suggested Donation: $20/person

All proceeds go to Collective Voices For Change (CVFC)
The goal of CVFC is to create a platform by and for the Jazz dance community that can be used to address different issues faced by the scene, led by people who are concerned about each issue. Projects will be led by different individuals. Our vision is to create a working space that will evolve over time as more people enter the conversation. With everyone’s participation, we want to build the resources to bring about tangible changes in each local community and in the larger structure of our social fabric.
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RSVP Form: Click Here to RSVP


3-4pm: Doors Open, Arrival/Gathering, DJ Daniel Verdon
4pm Welcome & Introductions:

4:15-6pm Workshop Video Part 1: Perspectives of Black Dancers

6-6:30pm Breakout Discussion Groups

6:30-7:30pm Dinner Break (BYO or order in from local establishments), DJ Daniel Verdon

7:30-8:30pm Workshop Video Part 2: Reflections of White Dancers

8:30-8:45pm Conclusion, Thank You, Resources, Survey