East side West side all around the town
The kids sang ring around rosy
London bridge is falling down
Boys and girls together
Me and Mamie O’Rourke
We tripped the lights fantastic
On the sidewalks of New York
This is probably the earliest song and dance routine that I learned in the Brooklyn home where I was raised with my first generation immigrant parents, five brothers and sisters, and my Grandma. We didn’t have a lot of money, but we had music, we had singing, we had storytelling, and we had dancing. I had no idea at that time that I would grow up to be a contemporary dance artist very far away from those musical theatre traditions but that experience in my kitchen has continued to inform my work.
So the question that I want to ask is what happens in processes of community engagement if we start with moving together rather than talking?
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About the Creative Calgary Congress
Calgary Arts Development produced the first Arts Champions Congress in 2011 as a meeting place for people who make Calgary’s arts sector a vibrant and exciting place to work and our city a great place to live.
Renamed the Creative Calgary Congress in 2014, it returned on November 22, 2016 as a place to share ideas and explore ways that the arts and artists can play a leadership role in making Calgary a more curious, compassionate and creative place for all citizens.