Misia Denéa (LTA ’06, ACG ’05), will facilitate a workshop entitled “Media through Movement: How to map our stories through our bodies and words” at the Allied Media Conference, July 16-19 in Detroit. The workshop will be co-facilitated by The Nzinga Arts Collective and Althea Baird.
AMC provides an insightful and evocative description of the Workshop:
“Negro Spirituals, Field Hollers, Freedom Songs, B-Boying/B-Girling, Stepping, Gumboot Jigging and Storytelling all have common threads, accompanying liberation movements when marginalized groups use art, singing, and dance to break the chains of oppression. Getting on the good foot, laying down our burdens by the riverside. This restorative workshop will teach us as activist, media justice workers and everything in between that we owe it to ourselves to step away from documenting others stories and get back into our own bodies to express our inner truths, dispel our myths and step into our greatness. We will focus on yogic principals of centering the mind, stretching the body, journaling and optional audio recording our expressions, our experiences. Workshop participants can opt to keep these audio recordings as a memento or reminder to take a break from arduous cycle of shooting and editing. Confidentiality will be a priority.”
For the past six years, Misia has been a dance instructor in youth programs throughout Philadelphia and Maryland. Her mission is to use hip-hop and African-inspired dance as a tool for young people to be conscious of their bodies, and promote self-worth and confidence.