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I.D.E.A Series #2: Racism & the Dance World
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Oregon Dance Education Organization(ODEO) is proud to present the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A) Series, a series of online professional development workshops and panel discussion for dance educators and the dance community. Monthly sessions will feature leaders and experts from Oregon and the Pacific NW leading the way towards a more inclusive, equitable, diverse, and accessible dance community in Oregon.

SESSION #2: "Racism & the Dance World" with Karida Griffith
The "Racism & the Dance World" one hour workshop will take a brief but deep dive into fundamental aspects of race and dance history that even savvy educators have often missed. We all dance and teach in front of the "backdrop" of race and history, whether we've been aware of it or not. The "backdrop" of history affects so much of our experiences and choices today, so we will examine this history more closely, so that it might provide clarity on our current circumstances, and shine new light on the road ahead.

About Karida Griffith:

Karida Griffith Walker grew up training in a variety of dance styles in Portland, OR, primarily with local legend, Sally Mack. After finishing her business degree at New York University, Karida actively pursued her professional dance career. Highlights include: The Radio City Rockettes, Cirque du Soleil, The Tony Awards, Today Show, recurring appearances on HBOs Boardwalk Empire, European tour of Black & Blue, and the critically-acclaimed Tap dance company, Dorrance Dance.

She has worked with world-class dancers and choreographers including Henry LeTang, Dormeshia, Randy Skinner, Casey Nicholaw, Derick K. Grant, Mable Lee, Michelle Dorrance, Pat Birch & more.

Other company work includes: Chloe Arnolds Syncopated Ladies, TiDii with Jared Grimes, the Cotton Club Sophisticated Ladies, Barbara Duffy & Company, and Sebe Kan, a traditional West African Dance company founded by her husband, Derrell Sekou Soumah Walker.

Karida has performed solo works in the NYC Tap Festival, Spoleto Arts Festival, Vancouver Tap Festival, CREATIONS: Choreographic Introductions, and for The Yard at Marthas Vineyard.

As an educator and choreographer, Karida has worked in a variety of settings including Pace University as an adjunct professor, Broadway Dance Center in NYC, the Childrens Theatre Company of NY, for Festivals & Conventions, and in a variety of wonderful recreational & competitive local dance studios. Karida also provides choreography, in-school residencies, and lectures about Tap Dance History in the public school setting for students of all ages.

Now raising 2 young daughters, Karida is sticking closer to home, and has focused her professional energy on empowering dance educators around the world. She has incorporated the breadth of her experience into online professional development programming that gives dance educators the strategies and tools they need to confidently meet the demands of 21st century dance education.

To this end, Karida founded The Tap Teachers Lounge in 2018, a comprehensive online training program for Tap Dance educators. And in 2020, Karida began offering seminars about Race & Dance History to public and private institutions. She also founded the Roots, Rhythm, Race & Dance program, a six-week professional development program which helps dance educators (from all styles & educational settings) to confidently introduce age-appropriate lessons around race and dance history to their students.


Professional development and clock hours credit are available upon request.


I.D.E.A SERIES: (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access)

March 6, 2021: 3-4pm
Racial Equity in Practice (1hr, panel discussion) :: Featuring Oluyinka Akinjiola of Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater, Kristen Brayson of Portland Public Schools, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner of Western Oregon University, and Oregon Ballet Theater.

April 8, 2021: 7:30-8:30 pm
LGBTQ+, Rainbow Inclusive Dance Education (1hr, workshop and discussion)

May 1, 2021: 3-4 pm
Dancing with Disabilities (1 hr, workshop and discussion)

June 5, 2021: 3-4 pm
The Access Divide: Socio-economic and regionals access to dance (1hr, panel discussion)
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Thanks so much for your interest in this event! If you missed our live online event, please check out the other sessions in our series. I.D.E.A SERIES: (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) March 6, 2021 : 3:00-4:00 pm Racial Equity in Practice (1hr, panel discussion) April 8, 2021 : 7:30-8:30 pm LGBTQ+, Rainbow Inclusive Dance Education (1hr, workshop and discussion) May 1, 2021 : 3:00-4:00 pm Dancing with Disabilities (1 hr, workshop and discussion) June 5, 2021 : 3:00-4:00 pm The Access Divide: Socio-economic and regionals access to dance (1hr, panel discussion)



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