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The Dance and Social Practice Incubator was a 5 full-day intensive professional development program in creative community development through dance practices.  The Incubator was designed for dance artists of all levels who wish to further develop their social practices and community engagement work.


The Dance and Social Practice Incubator takes place in the South Bronx.

It was hosted by Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, from June 20 - 24, 2016.



THE ARTISTS / Program Directors


Paloma McGregor is a Caribbean‐born choreographer, writer and organizer living in Harlem. An eclectic artist, she has structured improvisation for a floating platform in the Bronx River, choreographed an Afro‐futurist pop opera at The Kitchen and devised a multidisciplinary performance work about food justice with three dozen community members and students at UC Berkeley. Since 2011, Paloma has been developing Building a Better Fishtrap, an iterative performance project rooted in her 90‐year‐old father's vanishing fishing tradition. The work examines what we take with us, leave behind and return to reclaim. 

Paloma was a 2013‐14 Artist In Residence at NYU's Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics and is currently an Artist In Residence at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She is director of Angela's Pulse and founder of Dancing While Black. She also facilitates technique, creative process and community engagement workshops around the world. She toured internationally for six years with Urban Bush Women, and continues to perform in project‐based work with choreographers including Liz Lerman, Jill Sigman, Cassie Meador and Marjani Forte. (

Elizabeth Johnson is a choreographer, dancer, and educator with a focus in socially engaged dance practices. Elizabeth connects communities through choreography, creating dance that promotes civic dialogue, and designing participatory experiences that apply artistic practices in multiple contexts. She has a particular interest in working with youth and elders, developing embodied structures for science learning, and promoting leadership development through the arts. Elizabeth holds a BA in Dance with a minor in Theater from Connecticut College and a MFA from Arizona State University.  She has studied at London Contemporary Dance School, taught and performed internationally, and was the Associate Artistic Director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Metro DC for over a decade. She worked with Simon Dove at Arizona State University and as the Coordinator of Socially Engaged Practice she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team to create new curricula focused on training artists to work in, and engage with, diverse communities. She is currently in Chicago and working with Columbia College Chicago and Dance Exchange while doing projects with Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Hubbard Street Dance, and Mesa Arts Center. (




Brittany Williams, Charmian Wells, Jane Gabriels, Kester 'Flexx' Estaphane, Mai Lê Hô,

Malcolm Betts, Mersiha Mesihovic, Tatiana Desardouin, Imani Shabazz

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