Interactive Friends of Dance Lecture Invites Attendees to Explore Social Justice Through the Body

January 10, 2017

ATLANTA (January 10, 2017) –The Emory Dance Program presents its spring 2017 Friends of Dance Lecture on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Presentation Room of the Oxford Road Building on Emory’s campus. This event is free and open to the public. 

In her lecture “Moving Our Stories: Embodiment, Dance, and Social Justice,” dance artist and Spelman College lecturer, Julie B. Johnson explores relationships between embodied processes and social justice activism. The interactive presentation introduces participants to Dancing for Justice Philadelphia (DFJ Philly), a local initiative coordinated by a diverse team of collaborators as part of a national, multi-city movement to honor black lives lost to police violence and to create spaces to convene around racial injustice. 

In “Moving Our Stories,” Johnson invites attendees to engage in a storytelling practice that employs sensory exploration and body memory to build empathic connections between individual and collective experiences, demonstrating the intersection of embodiment and social justice practices.

Julie B. Johnson is a dance artist focused on intersections of creative practice, community interaction, and social justice. In her work, Johnson facilitates arts-in-education residencies and community collaborations with public schools, social service organizations, and arts institutions. Johnson is a lecturer in dance at Spelman College and an editor of “The Dancer-Citizen,” a dance journal exploring the work of socially engaged artists. She serves as a strategist for Lela Aisha Jones | Flyground, as well as an organizing committee member of Flyground's Dancing for Justice Philadelphia initiative. Julie earned her PhD in dance at Temple University.