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Warm & Sweaty Open Class with MBDance at Ailey Studios

Date: July 12, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: The Ailey Studios | 405 West 55th Street New York, NY
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Dance with us for our open class at Ailey!

Warm and Sweaty, based on modern, post-modern, and social dance techniques, prepares dancers to share themselves with clarity and with control as well as with vulnerability and imagination. Bauman focuses on phrasing and community, prioritizing both sweating and taking up space together.

Registration opens soon so be sure to check the link and reserve your spot!

MBDance Summer Intensive at Bearnstow!

Start date: June 12, 2024
End date: June 18, 2024
All-day event
Location: Bearnstow | Mount Vernon, Maine
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For a fulfilling week in June you can experience Dancing With: Responding to our Environments, Each other, and Ourselves, lead by our Artistic Director, Maria Bauman. In this workshop artists will be invited to emphasize and explore the relational nature of dancing. Participants will dance with their environments, partner with each other, and dance with their ancestors and Spirit guides. Dancing will happen indoors and outdoors!

If you’ve never been to Mt. Vernon, Maine you’re in for a treat! You’ll have easy access to a natural lake, daily chef prepared meals, luscious greenery, and rustic cabins.

Wondering what you can expect?

  • Daily movement sessions led by Maria
  • Practice in gender-open partnering 
  • Insight into site-responsive dancing
  • Site-dancing lessons
  • Delicious meals
  • Personal exploratory lab time

Make dancing in the woods part of your summer plans and join us!

We can’t wait to explore with you!

June 12-18, 2024
Mt. Vernon, Maine

$850, includes tuition, room and food

REGISTER HERE

New Earth Bodies with Yura Sapi and Movement Synthesis by Maria Bauman

Date: May 19, 2024
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Step into a world where plants talk to you sharing their wisdom with answers to your deepest questions…

Join us for New Earth Bodies to learn how to communicate with plants. Rediscover your role as a creator and steward of Mother Earth.

We are creators, and birthing humans is not the only legacy we leave. No matter who we are, we as humans are stewards of Mother Earth and it’s time to remember our power in bringing to life our liberated future.

We are beings entrusted with the responsibility of nurturing our planet. New Earth Bodies is your opportunity to reconnect with the natural world and explore the profound connection between humans and plants.

Join this immersive experience where you’ll learn the ancient arts of communicating with plants through a series of hands-on activities, guided meditations and interactive discussions. Unlock these sacred codes, journey to self-discovery and awaken your connection to the Earth.

We are birthing the rEvolution towards a liberated and harmonious future. Are you ready? New Earth Bodies awaits you. Join us to sow the seeds of transformation together.

Yura Sapi (they/them) is a visionary leader, creative activist, and interdisciplinary artist dedicated to co-creating joyful and abundant futures in harmony with each other and Mother Earth. Yura is Indigenous Kichwa, with Ecuadorian and Colombian citizenship and a lifelong connection to their birthplace on Manahatta island. Embracing their Kichwa name, Yura embodies strong roots and a profound connection to trees and plants. They have showcased their artistic talents as a performer and space curator at renowned venues such as Joe’s Pub and the Whitney Center for the Performing Arts and are published on platforms like HowlRound Theatre Commons and Community Centric Fundraising.

Through their new nonprofit organization, LiberArte Inc., Yura collaborates to establish an artistic support network aimed at advancing racial, social, and climate justice on a global scale. LiberArte facilitates connections within the global community, fostering projects like food access farm Protectores de la Tierra, an artist-led initiative promoting AfroIndigenous farming and food sovereignty, originating in Nuquí, Chocó, Colombia; Balistikal, a queer arts and healing space offering virtual and in-person programs for the Spanish-speaking Latin American community; and the Building Our Own Tables Podcast which conducts interviews with BIPOC founders of arts organizations sharing their rEvolutionary leadership insights. Yura is a board member of the Arts Administrators of Color Network, a member of Artists Co-Creating Real Equity, and a 2023-24 Braiding Seeds Fellow. Yura offers a powerful vision of what this world can look like, and their work is making that vision a reality, one step at a time.

About the workshop series:
GLORIOUS BODIES: EARTH – AND SOMATIC – HEALING SERIES CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN TECHNOLOGIES, is a public workshop series, January through June 2024, based on themes from MBDance’s/Maria Bauman’s current dance-ritual-artwork, These are the bodies that have not borne.​ Our new work is an outdoor piece based on multiple seemingly related and unrelated themes, synthesized through the MBDancers’ bodies and imaginations as a ritual and a performance.​ Many folks have shared that they want to engage in these topics with MBDance, so we’re sharing some of our research prompts, exercises, and guest facilitators with YOU!

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Gender Inclusive Uterine Health Support Group & Learning Circle with Ziiomi Law and Movement Synthesis by Maria Bauman

Date: April 20, 2024
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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This space is tender. Participants can expect to be invited to share whatever feels safe about their own journey with their uterus/pelvic area/womb/any other term they may use to describe that place in their glorious bodies. You can share a lot or you can share nothing. We will hold it collectively. We will take time to journal and write to ourselves. We will share resources and offer support when welcomed to do so. There will be moments to reflect and process. We will hold ourselves lovingly within community and hopefully feel a little less alone and a little more connected in what we may be experiencing.

We hope you will join us if this sounds like a space you may need or desire, please come. This space is for you!

Ziiomi Law is a Blackqueer nonbinary icon. Professional dancer & performer, death doula, arts careworker, and writer++ nomadically based nowhere & working everywhere. Zii is an ever evolving Blackity Black, loudly queer artist, who sweats glitter & smells like sweet cocomango shea. They’re an embodied Et Cetera, period!

As a multi-hyphenate, they give big GLIT energy on their best day/s. When dueting with liberation Zii comes out to play as D R I P, the freest version of themmeselves who does not know a world without pleasure & hopes you never do either. Swimming in the erotic, slithering up poles, & dancing as a fireworker & flow arts aerialist brings themme joy.

They feel most fulfilled when collaborating on projects that feel like soul food. Raised in the South, grown across the East Coast, & seasoned with a generous dash of international spice; Zii carries home in their pockets.

You can find them luxuriating at the intersections of both/and. They believe if it ain’t a full body YES, it’s a no! It is always their intention to collaborate, explore, & share in the continued spirit & effort to heal Blackqueer bodies.

Ziiomi welcomes invitations to connect & create around: queering everything, worldbuilding/bending, immersive experiences, pleasure, liberation, ritual, Blackness, queer & trans magic, rest, living & dying from a place of satisfaction, & so much more this bio won’t hold. @ziiomizm 

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About the workshop series:
GLORIOUS BODIES: EARTH – AND SOMATIC – HEALING SERIES CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN TECHNOLOGIES, is a public workshop series, January through June 2024, based on themes from MBDance’s/Maria Bauman’s current dance-ritual-artwork, These are the bodies that have not borne.​ Our new work is an outdoor piece based on multiple seemingly related and unrelated themes, synthesized through the MBDancers’ bodies and imaginations as a ritual and a performance.​ Many folks have shared that they want to engage in these topics with MBDance, so we’re sharing some of our research prompts, exercises, and guest facilitators with YOU!

Connecting to the Divine Portal: an energy work & akashic records meditation with Alexeya and Movement Synthesis by Maria Bauman

Date: February 17, 2024
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Led by Alexeya with sound healing by Reiki Lune.

This session is designed to illuminate and activate the divine portal of creation within, revealing the seeds of new life that seek to be born through us. We will be engaging in a gathering of collective intention setting, guided energy work and akashic records meditation and group reflection.

The Akasha is an etheric plane which holds record of each soul’s journey across time and space. In the Akasha, we can clear karmic contracts, integrate new gifts and gain insights on how to maximize our highest vibrational resonance in our present lives.

Alexeya EM is an interdisciplinary performing artist and energy worker dedicated to raising the collective consciousness through her life and artistry. Her art exists at the intersection of music, choreography, leadership development, performance/event curation, mysticism, and energy work/healing arts. Through the themes of multidimensional expression, divinity, sacred sensuality, black liberation, and the divine feminine, Alexeya creates space for art and experiences that propel communal contemplation and transcendence.

She received a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida with an emphasis on research in Leadership Studies. After which, she danced professionally for Gibney Dance Company and worked as a freelance choreographer, creative director and performance coach in both commercial and concert dance. In 2016, Alexeya founded LEAD: Leadership for Emerging Artist Development, an immersive training program providing emerging artists with tools to cultivate an inclusive leadership presence. She has conducted leadership seminars for NYU School of Professional Studies, MOVE|NYC|, and Gibney Dance Center, amongst others.

Alexeya has been releasing music as an independent recording artist since 2017. Her recent EP ‘ISIS’ explores the themes of cultivating the supreme divine feminine essence through embodied practice. She resides in New York City.

Click Here to Register

About the workshop series:
GLORIOUS BODIES: EARTH – AND SOMATIC – HEALING SERIES CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN TECHNOLOGIES, is a public workshop series, January through June 2024, based on themes from MBDance’s/Maria Bauman’s current dance-ritual-artwork, These are the bodies that have not borne.​ Our new work is an outdoor piece based on multiple seemingly related and unrelated themes, synthesized through the MBDancers’ bodies and imaginations as a ritual and a performance.​ Many folks have shared that they want to engage in these topics with MBDance, so we’re sharing some of our research prompts, exercises, and guest facilitators with YOU!

Sacred Bleedings: The Period to Postpartum Continuum with Rochelle Jamila with Movement Synthesis by Maria Bauman

Date: January 20, 2024
Time: 1:20 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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In this workshop we will explore ancient practices for healthy periods and recovery following miscarriage, abortion, and birth. When we honor our periods as a mini postpartum, worthy of care and rest, we learn how to be present for all bleeding transitions. Rooted in her work as a period and postpartum doula, mover, and herbalist, Rochelle offers techniques and frameworks for honoring sacred bleeding.

This workshop will include guided self-touch and partnered touch. Those not interested in touch are still welcome to attend.

Rochelle Jamila is a performing artist, choreographer, holistic period and postpartum doula, and practitioner of the feminine arts committed to the sovereignty of birthing and bleeding people on Earth. She weaves, movement, sacred song, energy work, herbalism, and ancient womb wisdom to hold space for the continuum of the womb. Rochelle believes full spectrum womb care, from menarche to menopause, radically reorients bleeding people to their divine power. Rooted in legacies of Black southern midwives, freedom fighters, prayer warriors, and root workers, she honors womb and birth care as a front line for liberation and planetary healing. Rochelle is honored to have supported over 200 families through reproductive transitions.

Rochelle’s performance work imagines new worlds through channeled improvisation, earth-based ritual, and the physical and psychic realms of bleeding people. She is deeply influenced by her teachers within Indigenous Mexica and Tibetan Buddhist lineages as well as her family’s direct lineage in the Mississippi Delta and Caribbean. As a performer Rochelle has worked with artists such as Ebony Noelle Golden, Jasmine Hearn, Ambika Raina, Ogemdi Ude, Beth Gill, and Maya Lee Parritz. Rochelle graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Dance and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is currently blooming on occupied unceded Lenape and Canarsie land.

Click Here to Register

About the workshop series:
GLORIOUS BODIES: EARTH – AND SOMATIC – HEALING SERIES CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN TECHNOLOGIES, is a public workshop series, January through June 2024, based on themes from MBDance’s/Maria Bauman’s current dance-ritual-artwork, These are the bodies that have not borne.​ Our new work is an outdoor piece based on multiple seemingly related and unrelated themes, synthesized through the MBDancers’ bodies and imaginations as a ritual and a performance.​ Many folks have shared that they want to engage in these topics with MBDance, so we’re sharing some of our research prompts, exercises, and guest facilitators with YOU!

University of Minnesota Residency!

Start date: September 9, 2023
End date: September 30, 2023
Time: 12:00 am
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During this three-week residency in the Fall, our Artistic Director, Maria Bauman and our Associate Artistic Director, Audrey Hailes, will build with U of M undergraduate dance students through technique classes and choreographic investigation. A performance work will become a part of the 2023/24 University Dance Theatre Repertory.

Photo Credit: Scott Shaw

QTPOC Sankofa Dreaming Mini-Festival August 5-7, 2022

Start date: August 5, 2022
End date: August 7, 2022
All-day event
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Applications are live, open until June 27 noon EST!

MBDance is proudly offering a mini-festival of participatory workshops, a community meal and a kickoff performance–all centered around trans and queer artists of color past and present. MBDance Artistic Director Maria Bauman mused “I have an undergraduate and a terminal degree in my art field and yet I didn’t learn about queer nor trans artists of color, especially Black folks. We out here, we been here. So, I’ve been grateful to my elders for teaching me our lineage outside of institutions and I’ve been hungrily and happily researching on my own as well. This mini-festival, hopefully a pilot for a longer community course with opportunities for participants to present their own work, is meant to fill in gaps and honor our folks. May we be strengthened by our histories and strengthen our relationships with other QTPOC artists!”


So, please join us for a weekend of participatory workshops to learn about QTPOC artists past and present and to try on their methodologies. We’ll enjoy a kick-off performance by MBDance (ticket included for QTPOC Sankofa Dreaming weekend participants). Cohort participants will also make your own work; offer one another support, critique and encouragement; learn about performative artists you may not have heard of; and enjoy a themed, catered meal together. This is sliding scale/pay-what-you-can, no documentation needed. We’re using the community honor system so please reflect on what’s being offered and what you can afford. 

Here’s to celebrating our Queer and Transgender Artmakers of Color! We’re prioritizing QTPOC artists but all are welcome to apply.

Space Details:

QTPOC Sankofa Dreaming takes place at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). We will be in person and masked. A negative covid test is required; thank you. 

Accessibility:

BAX is on the second and third floors of the building with stairwells that extend from the ground floor entrance to the building’s third floor. There is no elevator or ramp at this time. BAX is actively working on an extensive accessibility initiative and is committed to implementing ADA-compliant solutions that open the spaces to all.

There will be ASL interpretation at the performance. 

Questions or access needs? Email: info@bax.org.


QTPOC Sankofa Dreaming is also supported by Brooklyn Arts CouncilBailey’s CafeDance NYC and the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative 2.0.

Masterclass for UMASS Amherst

Date: November 4, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: UMass Amherst
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Bauman is happy to join longtime friend and dance colleague Jenna Riegel’s class at UMass Amherst for a guest class. She’ll be working with graduate and undergraduate students to reinvigorate their back-space after a long season of front-facing Zoom classes. They will work from set material as well as from scores for improvisation.

MBDance classes are based on modern, post-modern, and social dance techniques. They prepare dancers to share themselves with clarity and with control as well as with vulnerability and artistry. We use a variety of strategies to help dancers hone their responsiveness to other dancers and to both traditional and unexpected performance environments.

Renew & Restore at The Gathering 2021

Date: April 22, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
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MBDance Artistic Director, Maria Bauman will lead a Renew & Restore Workshop as a part of The Gathering 2021. The Gathering, conceived by Camille A. Brown, serves as an open forum for intergenerational Black Women artists to support one another, advocate for greater cultural equity and acknowledgement in the contemporary dance world. Maria’s Renew and Restore workshop will be part of that support structure this year. With some portions of the workshop on-camera and some portions off-camera, we are embodying recuperation as part of the natural cycle that we insist upon.