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Experimental Workshop: How to Create an Advocacy Toolkit with Ashlea Sovetts and Reyna Mondragon

In relation to theme MOVIENDO LA FRONTERA: DANCING THROUGH / IN-BETWEEN BORDERS, participants will work together to propose sharing of notions, experiences and definitions of advocacy. During this workshop, we will brainstorm what dance advocacy looks like in the arts including where advocacy is needed. We will end with small groups compiling a list of resources that can be accessed by any community, school or program into one shareable Google Document. The goal at the end of the workshop is to continue the communication and networking amongst our dance community, where we will cultivate different ideas about advocacy in the arts and have a toolkit to use to take action.

Ashlea Sovetts is a multifaceted dance artist who is able to flow between a variety of different roles. As an educator, she emphasizes a somatic approach by incorporating her values of breath, fluidity and awareness of one’s presence in relationship to others learned from her certified yoga teacher training. As a performer, Ashlea enjoys collaborating in different creative processes. As a choreographer, Ashlea is inspired by political movements and real-life experiences. As an advocate, she educates individuals and political officials about why dance matters. As an administrator, Ashlea has experience coordinating performance and recruitment events, advising students and organizing budgets as the Touring Manager for Staibdance’s international dance intensive. Ashlea, Originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina graduated Cum Laude from Winthrop University and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance. She is the Recruitment Coordinator and MFA in Dance candidate at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

Reyna Mondragon is a dancer and choreographer born in Chihuahua Chihuahua, Mexico. Mondragon at the age of nineteen began her dancing career at Collin Community College in Plano, Texas. Later she went on to the University of North Texas where she majored in dance and minored in Spanish. After graduation, Mondragon moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a year where she produced her own show and performed alongside Blake Nellis. After a year performing Mondragon applied to graduate school moved back to Denton, Texas, and is currently attending Texas Woman’s University where she is incorporating technology into her dance making process. After graduation, Mondragon will create a dance department that focuses in praxis at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima, Peru.

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