Dance the Dream is a fully inclusive worldwide flash mob dance to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech. Everyone is invited to celebrate and live Dr. King's dream. To receive updated details on the dance locations and times please "Like" our Facebook page.
The mission of Dance the Dream is to create a shared life-affirming experience that galvanizes global solidarity for overcoming division and solving problems. It is about people from every corner of the planet coming together in Dr. King's "symphony of brotherhood" to inaugurate a new era of progress and possibility.
In cooperation with UNESCO's World Heritage Project, the dance sites represent the world's geographic and cultural diversity as well as our history and fragility as a global civilization.
Participating cities include Beirut, Boston, Dublin, Chicago, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Kabul, London, Los Angeles, Manhattan (Kansas), Miami, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Prague, Singapore, and Washington, D.C.
The choreographers include Janine Coelho of St. Andrew's College for Mumbai, Nanou Coranson of the Conservatoire de Malakoff for Beirut, Laura Donnelly of Kansas State University for Manhattan, Julia Eichten of the L.A. Dance Project, Kansas, Carol Foster of the DC Youth Ensemble for Washington, D.C., Michael Fothergill of Alabama Ballet, Gin Lam and Clarice Ng for Singapore, Jenna Lee of the English National Ballet for London, Gregory Maqoma of the Vuyani Dance Theatre for Johannesburg, Mourad Merzouki of Compagnie Käfig for Paris, Nicole Pierce of Ego Art for Boston, Rosta Srom of Studio Dance Perfect for Prague, Winston Strickland of M.A.D. Skillz Dance Company, Jane Weiner of Hope Stone, Olivier Wevers of Whim W'Him Dance Company, Anthony "Redd" Williams for Ferguson/St. Louis, Hattie Mae Williams for Miami, and Obediah Wright of the Obediah Wright Dance Company for New York. Choreographers who would like to enlist in Dance the Dream should email their request with a resume and reel link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each participating choreographer creates original choreography to two musical selections: a new multilingual arrangement produced by The Dream@50 of Stevie Wonder's hit, "Heaven Help Us All," and a second selection of the local choreographer's choosing. In addition, songs performed by musicians from around the world are being taped for inclusion in Dance the Dream broadcasts.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Richard Karz is the producer of the PBS documentary special, Legacy: Being Black in America, which explores the rise of Barack Obama against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.
International Dance Producer
Charlene Lim was Director of Partnerships at the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a global performing arts organization based in UNESCO, Paris, and is Founder and CEO of Global Arts Link.
U.S. Dance Producer
Toni Thomas is Co-Producer of the Miami Dance Festival, Dance Presenter of the Los Angeles' African-American Heritage Month, and Dance Producer of the 21st Annual 2011 Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch NAACP Theatre Awards and Festival.
H. B. BARNUM
H. B. is the music director for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. He has scored music for television shows, including The Grammy's, The Stellar Awards, NAACP Image Awards, The Globe Awards, and The Olympics.