Rise Up: Youth, Dance and Justice

December 17, 2021


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June: Rise Up: Youth, Dance & Justice 
Virtual Round Table: Tuesday, June 21 4:30-6:30pm PST
Live/Livestream Workshop (Hybrid): Sunday, June 26 11am-12:30pm (location TBA)

Roundtable: This round table acknowledges the role of young BIPOC dancemakers throughout history in movements for social justice, and will feature young artists from around the country and adult artists who work with them to create change.  Moderated by: Sarah Crowell and others. Panelists include Rashidi Omari and  youth leaders (see below!).

Workshop: This workshop will feature youth teaching artists in collaboration with adult teaching artists who work together to create performance work for social change. Through hip hop dance, rhythmic storytelling and collaboration, the group will co-create work that uplifts, educates and challenges the status quo.



Isha Clarke was born, raised, and educated in Oakland. Inspired by the art, culture, and action which permeates The Town, Isha has grown (and continues to grow) into a dancer, poet, filmmaker, organizer, and student of life. They hope their work will contribute to a movement for collective liberation and love which transforms world.

Myka Tafoya am 19 years old, born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I have many hobbies and talents I do on my spare time.
I play many instruments such as The Guitar, Bass, Drums, Cello, Turntables and Vocals. I play with many bands and I often DJ at local events and fundraisers.
I have been dancing all my life since I was born, but have been competing since 2011.
I practice many styles such as Rocking, Breaking, Popping, Locking, House Ballroom, Merengue, Salsa, Swing and Capoeira. I’ve been Popping and Breakdancing since I was born.
 I am Jordan Franklin from Center Point, Alabama. I’m a visual artist, music artist and youth entrepreneur.
Amalya Altman-Allen was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. She was raised in the Bay Area in Berkeley California. Amalya works for Destiny Art Center, a non profit organization in Oakland where she teaches youth of all ages dance. Amalya has trained in many styles of dance such as Ballet, Modern, West African, Jazz, Hip Hop and Hatian. Amalya was recently a student at Oakland School for the Arts, where she was previously in theatre arts and trained in acting for 3 years before eventually switching her subpathways to production design, where she learns set, lights and sound design, And creates shows with other youth.
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