Dance Louder Than Words Virtual

April 24, 2022 @ 1:00PM — December 31, 2022 @ 2:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

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Mental Health Prevention, Recovery, and Healing Through Dance

By engaging with these topics in creative ways by either observing a dance performance or completing a visual activity, one is able to understand the mental health topic on a deeper heart level. When our emotional perceptions shift, our actions tend to follow, and we begin to interact with the world in more informed and empathic ways. -Lisa Linger

To this day, when people experience trauma or feel as though they are in survival mode for the thousandth day, it becomes difficult to find words to express their emotions, to tell their story, and/or to ask for help. That is where dance lives. It is why Mental Health America of Augusta (MHA-A) and the National Dance Society (NDS) are partnering for a unique event, Dance Louder Than Words.

Virginia Beach Gifted Dance Program Level 1

Performance by Oluwanifemi Atapa, Rushilselvajit Balaganesh, Kalei Evans, Ashith Gowda, Winston Lewis, Lillia McCormack

DanceMakers and Valley Dance Theatre

Be Still
Music: Be Still by The Fray
Choreography by Savannah Cobb
Performance by Harlin Davis, Meghan Davis, Zooey DeYoe, Marina Snyder, Charlotte Simmons, Mary Simmons, Vivien Wease

Stand By Me
Music: Stand by Me by Tracy Chapman
Choreography by Mary Grace McNally
Performance by Zoelle Bleazard, Savannah Ballengee, Kenadie Garrison, Hailey Rosvall, Olivia Ward

Insightful Thoughts About Dance from Across the World

I Am Within and Without
Music: Forgotten by Pure Composition
Sound Engineering, Choreography, and Performance by Kiana Ducusin

Music: Many Persons in His Head by Maxime Herve; Blueberry Smoker by O P Baron,
Sound Engineering, Choreography, and Performance by Alexa Boyles

Music: Serenade by Franz Schubert—arranged and performed by Nicolai Tanev
Choreography and Performance by Ann Saretzky McGinnis

SHADE: comparative darkness or obscurity owing to interception of the rays of light
Music: I Put a Spell on You by Alice Smith; Rent Money by Mary J. Blige (featuring Dave East):
Depression Chant from the Original Cast Recording from Harlem Shake; Peace of Mind by Seba Kaapstad
Music Editing and Mix done by Ryleigh Winborne
Choreography by Valerie Winborne, Jelani Taylor, and the company
Performance by Lahmia Whitfield-Shields, Amari Nichols, Heavyn Bailey, Neveah Braswell, D' Anthony Romaine, Hailey Keys, Jordan Holley, Rukiya Varner, Donovynn Vann, KimberlyRuth Prentiss, Ja' Mya Minor

B4Stage4: What is Preventative Mental Health Care?
Developed by Mental Health in Motion
Founder / Director / Speaker - Lisa Santiago Linger
Production Design Lead - Renae Dower
Assistant Production Design / Costuming - Laurel Brynn Clinkscale
Choreography - Lisa Santiago Linger, Renae Dower, Alaina Miller, Brittany-Marie Aarons, Laurie Beth Baker, Laurel Clinkscale, Mila Reynolds-Saint, Alexandra Vail

Chapter 1 - The Individual
Music - Adaptation of "Mars" by Sleeping At Last
Lead - Renae Dower
(Understudy - Mila Reynolds-Saint)
Corps - Alaina Miller, Brittany-Marie Aarons, Laurie Beth Baker, Laurel Clinkscale, Mila Reynolds-Saint, Alexandra Vail

Chapter 2 - The Community
Music - "A.N.X.I.E.T.Y" by Jayna Elise Brown; Adaptation of "The Calm" by Kurtis Parks & "Emotion Flows" by Louis Lion; "Try to Try" by Lowland Hum
Leads - Alaina Miller, Brittany-Marie Aarons, Laurie Beth Baker, Renae Dower
(Understudies - Mila Reynolds-Saint, Laurel Clinkscale)

Chapter 3 - The Society
Music - "If Only You Knew the Rain" by Balmorhea;Adaptation of "Empyre" by Cody Martin
Leads - Laurie Beth Baker, Brittany-Marie Aarons, Alaina Miller
Corps - Renae Dower, Laurel Clinkscale, Mila Reynolds-Saint, Alexandra Vail

If you are part of a group or would like to purchase Dance Louder Than Words for group viewing, please contact Bruce Blair at for pricing and access.

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