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Recent Events


Daring Dances 2019-20 artist-in-residence Leila Awadallah premieres her work RAS ABU 'AMMAR IS HERE at the Arab American National Museum in a shared evening of dance with Audrey Johnson.

NOVEMBER 23, 2019

2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence (Part 1):

Leila Awadallah

During her residency, Leila Awadallah begins to codify a specific letter-to-movement relationship for her developing dance language rooted in the study of embodied Arabic calligraphy. Joined by her collaborator, Palestinian-American visual artist Lamia Abukhadra, they will activate bodied Arabic calligraphy to investigate how it speaks to conversations surrounding diaspora Palestinian-American identity.

Learn more about Leila's work as Artist-in-Residence.

August 23-29, 2019


EXPLODE! queer dance: Midwest

This festival is sponsored by and runs co-currently with the Annual Conference of the Dance Studies Association.

August 8-11, 2019

EXPLODE! queer dance

in collaboration with the University of Riverside's Indigenous Choreographers Gathering

May 25-June 1, 2019


Noemí Segarra Residency

in collaboration with Northwestern University's Puerto Rican Arts Initiative

APRIL 22-24, 2019

Dancing Justice: Inaugural Daring Dances Student Fellows Showcase

APRIL 14, 2019

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Upcoming Events

Watch Party & Discussion: Gabrielle McLeod, Detroit's 'Queen of Jit' in conversation with Clare Croft and J'Sun Howard

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4 pm EST


Held on Zoom and live-streamed to the Daring Dances Facebook Page:

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Daring Dances and the Center for World Performance Studies team up to premiere two short videos featuring Gabrielle McLeod, Detroit's 'Queen of Jit'. The watch party will start with a dance tutorial commissioned by Daring Dances as part of the "Daring Dances for Surviving and Thriving" series. After participants have had the change to work up a sweat, and work out some footwork, we'll follow with a short video of curator Clare Croft interviewing Queen Gbby, created as part of the CWPS "Performing the Moment, Performing the Movement" series, and have an opportunity for Q&A with Clare Croft and Gabby McLeod, moderated by CWPS Graduate Fellow J'Sun Howard.

An acclaimed dancer and choreographer from Detroit, Queen Gabby is an ambassador and tradition-bearer for her hometown dance style. She teaches, performs and competes internationally, and is known throughout the Midwest for her amazing footwork.

Closed captioning will be enabled for this event. If you require an additional accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Center for World Performance Studies, at

Virtual Midwest RAD Fest 2021: West African Dance Workshop with Daring Dances 2020/22 Artist-in-Residence T. Ayo Alston

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm EST

Register here

In a collaboration between Daring Dances and RAD Fest, T. Ayo Alston will be teaching a West African Dance Workshop in the Festival's Virtual 2021 Movement-Based Master Class series! Alston's class will explore traditional movements of West African dance and music. Students will move through basic technique fundamentals, building sequence while sweating hard and having fun. This class is invigorating and stimulating to the body, mind and soul. Movement classes are open to students 15 years of age and up.