Black Arts, Black Lives: Street Dance Activism with Shamell Bell

McMillan Cafe, 6:00pm-8:00pm



Shamell Bell is a community organizer and Arts & Culture liaison with the Black Lives Matter network. Her talk/workshop will discuss her own dedication to dance activism as a model to demonstrate the possibility for performance to disrupt social, economic, and historical paradigms and present street dance as an alternative strategy for radical social change. She explores the use of dances struggles for liberation that traces them to African diasporic traditions and war dances. This presentation is open to all levels and provides foundational tools for the use of street dance in demonstrations as a form of self-care, resistance, and team building.

The Black Arts Black Lives (BABL) Series with American Culture Studies (AMCS) at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to chronicle the work of black artists, and foster creative work into and research of black art through collaborations among scholars, artists, and communities within and beyond Washington University. During the Fall 2017 semester, Jasmine Mahmoud teaches “Black Lives Matter: Art, Theory & Practice.” In coordination with guest speakers brought to this class, the events of the Black Arts Black Lives series are all open to the public. This event is co-sponsored with the Performing Arts Department and African and African-American Studies.

Please RSVP to by no later than October 20th.

Terri Behr

Events & Accounting Assistant

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