The Gathering

The Gathering harnesses its collective voices and talents to advocate for enhanced visibility in the dance world; increased understanding of essential arts administrative tools and skills for success; growth in public exposure, celebration and notoriety of past and future artists and works of note; and paving of a more vibrant, unbiased and sustainable future for the next generation of choreographers.

Photos by Ra-Re Valverde
The Gathering 2015 Group Photo

The Gathering catalyzes the support of its community to strengthen the awareness and deepen the impact of black dance on the greater dance field. Ultimately, The Gathering’s collaborative advocacy will enhance the visibility, understanding, exposure, celebration, notoriety and sustainability of prolific, intergenerational African diaspora female choreographers, leading to more widespread acceptance, appreciation and publicity in American and global society.


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“..make sure you’re not so hard on yourself with “walking the walk.” Even the simplest things are “walking the walk.”

– Makeda Rooney (The Gathering Participant)

“This Gathering is so powerful for me. In the era when I was creating my own organization, Sound In Motion, making an ongoing sustainable organization like that, I was one of the few black females doing that in that era. I had the energy to ask people. I somehow asked around. I would find people and they would reply, “Oh nobody’s ever asked me that. Oh you just have to do this.” 5 years later people with the same questions would come into my dance studio, and I had the idea to produce them. Those of us who have studios, resources knowledge, let’s not be secretive. Don’t just hold, offer it offer it offer it. Giving goes in a circle. That’s what’s going to make all of us grow and our whole community of dance grow.”

– Dianne McIntyre (Choreographer)


“Through all of these decades being involved in dance I think I’ve reached the sense that I have nothing to lose. It was very difficult talking about Balanchine in the same breath that I talked about Ailey. That was taboo. There was never a person of color who challenged what I was saying, but the dance conferences wanted nothing to do with me. You can always find support, and you can always find support in your people. It’s not about your ethnicity, but it’s about your state of mind. Black is not about color, but it’s about state of mind. I’m in a blissful state of mind, and I’m noticing in this millennium a kind of connecting and a kind of support that is not going to be put down. You all act as though you have nothing to lose.”

– Brenda Dixon-Gottschild (Scholar, Writer)

The Gathering 2017


The Gathering – 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Gibney Dance – Agnes Varis Center for the Performing Arts



Meet The Gathering 2017 Co-Facilitators


Photo Credit: Melisa Cardona

Ebony Noelle Golden

Guided by an unflinching pursuit of creative emancipation, cultural wellness, and social justice Ebony Noelle Golden serves as principal engagement strategist at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative and Body Ecology Womanist Performance Project’s artistic director. She works as a cultural strategist, organizer, and performance artist.

As a strategist, she designs, implements, and evaluations projects and initiatives that push for social transformation. As an artist, Golden stages site-specific rituals + live art productions that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now. In 2016, she served as a lecturer of Womanist and Black Feminist performance art at The New School and co-edited an anthology of experimental womanist writing published by Obsidian Journal of Literature and Arts.

In 2017, Golden will serve as Activist-in-Residence at the University of Oklahoma and Artist-in-Residence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. During this time, Golden will develop 125th and Freedom, a performance art installation of ten choreopoetic rituals along 125th street between the Hudson and Harlem Rivers exploring home, migration, displacement, and the eradication of black space due to gentrification.

Photo Credit: Ferima Faye/F.F. Visual 2014

Sydnie Mosley

Sydnie L. Mosley is an artist-activist and educator who produces experiential dance works with her all-women company Through her choreographic work, the company works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice. Her evening length dances The Window Sex Project and BodyBusiness, their creative processes and performance experiences are a model for dance-activism.

Sydnie’s recognitions include: The Field Leadership Fund (2015-2017), CUNY Dance Initiative (AIR 2016), Dancing While Black Artist Fellowship (2015-2016), and The Performance Project @ University Settlement (AIR 2015-2016), Create Change Fellowship with The Laundromat Project (2013), the Gibney Dance Institute for Community Action Training (2013), and the inaugural Barnard Center for Research on Women Alumnae Fellow (2011). She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa, and earned her BA from Barnard College at Columbia University.

Sydnie’s recent performance projects include: the skeleton architecture, the future of our worlds curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, and Gainin’ On Ya, a collaboration with Aisha Cousins. Sydnie danced with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT (2010-2013) and continues to appear as a guest artist for Brooklyn Ballet. She is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Barnard College Dance Department, and designed the College’s Dance in the City Pre-College Program.

An advocate for the field, Sydnie sits on the Advisory Committee to Dance/NYC. She has contributed writing to Dance Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast.


The Gathering Workshops
Facilitated by The Field


The Gathering

Workshop #1
Writing Project Descriptions and Artist Statements

Project descriptions and artist statements are the backbone of artists’ materials. Whether you’re applying for a grant, residency or performance, or putting together your press kit, solid writing that describes your work and expresses your creative voice is key. This workshop provides examples from other artists, and gives participants a forum to develop their writing and receive feedback.

Workshop #2
Social Media: Do I Need This?

Ever wonder what the big deal is about social media and how you can use it? What the heck is HootSuite anyway? With so many social media platforms out there and new ones coming on the scene every day, it’s hard to know what’s right for you as an art maker. Get some for some tips on how to manage and use social media effectively.


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Special thanks to Cynthia Oliver, Paloma McGregor, Maria Bauman, Marjani Forte, Nia Love, Michelle Gibson, Christal Brown, and Amara Tabor- Smith for their guidance in preparation for The Gathering 2017! Honoring you and your generosity!

The Gathering 2016


The Gathering – 2016
Sunday, January 17th
New York Live Arts



Meet The Gathering 2017 Co-Facilitators


Paloma McGregor

A Caribbean-born, Harlem-based choreographer and facilitator, Paloma McGregor is co-founder and director of Angela’s Pulse, which creates and produces performance works dedicated to building community and illuminating bold, new stories. Since 2012, Angela’s Pulse has produced Dancing While Black, an evolving effort to build partnerships and create platforms for dialogue, process, performance and documentation for black dance artists. Paloma is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where she is developing an installation-based solo iteration of Building a Better Fishtrap, a performance project rooted in her 89-year-old father’s vanishing fishing tradition. The project examines what we take with us, leave behind and return to reclaim. Paloma toured internationally for six years as a dancer with Urban Bush Women and has performed in projects with Liz Leman, Christal Brown, Jill Sigman, Cassie Meador, Marjani Forte, Germaul Barnes and others.

“I hope we will get to know one another better, in small groups that allow us to deepen our connections and strengthen our networks. I hope that we are able to take away group-generated strategies and goals for navigating our work and the field. I hope each of us leaves with an accomplishable next step in mind toward progress within our practices.”


Shani Jamila

An interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker based in New York City, Shani Jamila travels to more than 35 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas deeply inform her photography and collage practice. She has exhibited and performed at institutions including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, SCOPE Art Fair, Phillips Collection, Corridor Gallery and Princeton University. An experienced public speaker, she has lectured and hosted community conversations at the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, NYU, Pacifica Radio and the United Nations.
Currently, Shani is a managing director of the Urban Justice Center, where she leads the organization’s initiatives in human rights and the arts.   A Fulbright scholar with over a decade of leadership in designing and executing innovative programs that use the arts to catalyze social change, her work creates an opportunity for audiences to imagine new possibilities for the creation of a just society. Jamila’s career has received recognition in a permanent mural at her alma mater Spelman College and in publications like the New York Times, Trinidad Guardian, the London based literary magazine Sable and ESSENCE-as “One of the 35 Most Remarkable Women in the World.” For more, please visit

“My hope for the Gathering is that we’ll shape a honest, open and impactful space. I’m excited about engaging in meaningful dialogue about culture and identity with the dance practitioners and scholars who will be there.”


The Gathering Workshops
Facilitated by The Field


The Gathering 2016

Workshop #1
Building a Sustainable Creative Life:  Asking for Support

Artists who aren’t afraid of ‘NO’ are great at asking donors for support.  Learn how to tenaciously ask for and get the support you need whether you are making and in-person ask or developing solicitation materials.  You can raise money confidently, meet your goal and build a sustainable creative life. Get some sound advice from The Field’s Artist Services Manager Shawn René Graham on how to get your creative life started off on the good foot!

Workshop #2
Creating an Accurate Financial Picture: Tips for Budget Preparation 

Afraid of numbers? Don’t know where to start when determining the costs of your show?  Learn how to develop a complete financial picture of your artistic projects step by step.  A clear, sound budget positions you for successful individual giving campaigns and is an important component of a competitive grant proposal. With many years of budget preparation under her belt, The Field’s Executive Director Jennifer Wright Cook will provide you with tips and tools and answer questions about budget preparation.





 Special thanks to Cynthia Oliver, Paloma McGregor, Maria Bauman, Marjani Forte, Nia Love, Michelle Gibson, Christal Brown, and Amara Tabor- Smith for their guidance in preparation for The Gathering 2016! Honoring you and your generosity!

The Gathering 2015


The Gathering- 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Gibney Dance – Agnes Varis Center for the Performing Arts



Meet The Gathering 2015 Facilitator


Onye Ozuzu

A dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, educator and researcher currently serving as Chair of the Dance Department at Columbia College Chicago, Onye Ozuzu’s administrative work is notable for a balance of visionary and deliberate progress in the arenas of curricular, artistic, and systemic diversity, cultural relativity, collaboration and inter-disciplinarity. She has been actively presenting work since 1997. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally at The Joyce Soho (Manhattan, NY), Kaay Fecc Festival Des Tous les Danses (Dakar, Senegal), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba), Lisner Auditorium (Washington DC), McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA), as well as many anonymous site-specific locations. Only 3 years in Chicago so far she has performed locally at Hamlin Park Summer Sampler, with Red Clay Dance in La Femme, and in the Afro-Latin@ Summer Dance Intensive at Columbia College Chicago. She has recently been Artist in Residence at EarthDance Workshop and Retreat Center, Bates Dance Festival and Chulitna Wilderness Lodge and Retreat and Camp Merveilles. She continues to develop new work. She is currently exploring the relationship between the body, lineage, technology and earth.  

The Gathering 2014


The Gathering- 2014
City Center Studios



Meet The Gathering 2014 Facilitator


Barake Sele

Currently an independent producer and consultant. From 2004 – 2011 Baraka Sele was the Assistant Vice President of Programming at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, New Jersey.

From 1996 – 2011, Ms. Sele also served as the Curator/Producer of NJPAC’s Alternate Routes (formerly NJPAC World Festival), an international performing arts series. The series, which received national and international awards, funding, press and recognition, featured year-round performances by artists of New Jersey, the United States and from around the world, complemented by educational, humanities and residency programs.

Besides working as a performing arts consultant, curator, producer and presenter, Baraka has served on numerous local, national and international advisory committees, boards and panels, including the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, International Society of the Performing Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Vera List Center for Arts and Politics, Walker Art Center, the Kennedy Center, et al. She has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. She has also been a guest speaker at conferences, seminars and universities. Throughout a more than thirty-year career of working in the arts, Ms. Sele has focused on collaborations and presentations with artists of diverse communities and cultures in order to build enduring partnerships and to facilitate inter-cultural exchange.  



Camille A. Brown


Camille A. Brown and Dancers Repertory


Camille A. Brown Theater Choreography


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