Urban Bush Women Masterclass

The CSU Dance Program will host a masterclass taught by Urban Bush Women on Monday, April 8th, from 11 to 12:40 p.m., at Dance Theatre 107. This masterclass is open to all dance majors.

Urban Bush Women (UBW) burst onto the dance scene in 1984 with bold, demanding, and exciting works that brought under-told stories to life under the artistic direction of Chanon Judson and Mame Diarra Speis. Founded by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the Company weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora.

Off the concert stage, UBW has developed an extensive community engagement program, BOLD (Builders, Organizers, and Leaders through Dance). UBW’s largest community engagement project is its Summer Leadership Institute (SLI). This 10-day intensive training program connects dance professionals with community-based artists/activists in a learning experience to leverage the arts as a vehicle for civic engagement. UBW launched the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative Producing Program (CCI 2.0) in March 2022. The CCI 2.0 fellowships support the development of women choreographers, producers of color, and other underheard voices.

Participants will explore UBW works and engage in a pre-professional movement study rooted in the “Liberated Pelvis,” a movement methodology created by Co-Artistic Director Mame Diarra Speis. Within this process, students will be asked to interrogate their discoveries and knowings through an improvisational framework of duration, permission, play, transparency, and organized movement. If participants have no technical dance experience, Dance For Every Body is the best option.


Forms required. Please bring a completed Photography Consent Form and Liability Release Form with you to the class. Minors must also bring a Consent/Emergency Form.

The class is free, but registration is required. Please complete the form below and follow the instructions about the required photo and liability waiver forms.

Please complete the following form to register for the class:

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The Fort Collins Lincoln Center’s Outreach Program generously supports this master class. The Urban Bush Women performance is on Tuesday, April 9th, at 7:30 p.m.
Show information and ticket information:


Matinees at 11:00 am
April 8
Monday, April 8, 2024 at 11:00 am

Cost: No Charge

Organizer: Chung-Fu Chang
Phone: N/A

1400 Remington St.
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
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