Performing Body, Mind, Spirit: Community Healing in the Time of #BLM, Anti-Asian Violence & BIPOC Solidarity

This national event brings together an innovative community of movers, poets, and drummers from California, Wisconsin, and New York to discuss their work and how it addresses community healing, bridges difference and antagonism, and how it supports Native Nations sovereignty, BIPOC solidarity, #BLM, and Anti-Asian Violence. 

Artists include:

Peggy Choy is Associate Professor, Dance Department/Asian American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches her Ki Flow™ technique, dance/ethnic studies courses including Asian American Movement and Afro Asian Improv: From Hip Hop to Martial Arts Fusion. She is Artistic Director/Choreographer of Peggy Choy Dance, and CEO of The Ki Project, Inc.

Kimberly Blaeser, Anishinaabe from White Earth Nation, Blaeser is a UW-Milwaukee professor, MFA faculty member for Institute of American Indian Arts, and founding director of In-Na-Po-Indigenous Nations Poets. 

Gizhibaa Aanakwad (John Patrick) is a Tribal Member of Mashkiziibii, South Shore of Lake Superior. He is Cultural Consultant for the Madison Metropolitan School District and is in the Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program at Edgewood College, Madison, WI.

Dyane Harvey-Salaam is a Dance professor at Hofstra and Princeton Universities where she inspires cultural understanding, physical healing and aesthetic expression. She is a founding member and assistant to director of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre in Harlem, NY and creator of Ma'at Pilates.

Ze Motion is one of the best-kept secrets outside of Brooklyn, New York. Educated at La Sorbonne in Paris, France. A versatile BBoy, dancing since the ‘90s, teaching & performing world-wide with companies including Cirque du Soleil & Hip Hop USA. He is DJ on Brooklyn’s BBOX Radio. 

Nejma Nefertiti is a Brooklyn-based Hip Hop artist, sound designer, creator of natural perfumes, and streetwear architect.  Nejma Nefertiti is a social justice educator, utilizing Hip Hop as a cultural weapon to empower the oppressed.

Kele Nitoto is a second-generation percussionist and singer. Having studied with masters of many styles, Kele has taught hundreds of workshops and classes over the years for adults and children.

Dr. Kamau Rashid is Associate Professor, National Louis University, associated with Study of Classical African Civilizations, Kemetic Institute of Chicago.  His work explores African and African Diasporan resistance traditions and movements of re-indigenization.

Lacouir D. Yancey (Bboy Spirit), founder of the Soul Hydraulics crew of Madison, Wisconsin, is a licensed Chinese Massage and bodywork therapist, ACE certified personal trainer, Biomechanics and Movement Specialist, Youth Fitness Specialist, and Breakdance, Capoeira and Martial movement instructor.

Sasanna Yee is a speaker, mindful movement educator, spiritual activist and experience designer connecting people with their bodies, with each other, and with the environment. She facilitates the alchemy of pain into compassionate action by working at the intersection of arts/culture, spirituality, wellness, and social justice. 


The webinar will open with movement and spoken word and the audience will be invited to participate. A discussion and Q&A will follow. 

Organized by Peggy Choy, 


This event is sponsored by the UW-Madison Dance Department, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Asian American Studies Program and is co-sponsored by Blac Foundation, Hofstra University Africana Studies and Asian Studies Programs, Hofstra Dance Program, Hofstra Cultural Center, Northwestern University School of Education & Social Policy, The Lewis Center at Princeton University, The Reset | Duane Lee Holland, Jr., Tiz Media Foundation, University of California at Irvine Department of Dance, University of California at Riverside YOK Center, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Nam Center, UW-Madison American Indian Studies Program, Associated Students of Madison, UW-Madison’s departments of Afro-American Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures, Gender & Women’s Studies, Folklore Program, the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison School of Education’s PLACE, The Studio and the UW-Madison Division of the Arts.


Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

Time: 7 - 9 pm. EDT

Location: Livestream Zoom webinar

Registration required:

Free & open to the public

Contact: Peggy Choy at

The artwork/event poster was created by UW-Madison undergraduate Marley Mendez, winner of the Performing Body, Mind, Spirit student graphic award.

01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        
Submit Your Hofstra Event

Hofstra University is pleased to have the public join us for some of our on-campus events, which are held for the benefit of our students. Please be aware, when attending events during the school year, when classes are in session, parking is often limited on South Campus to faculty and students. There is additional parking available on North Campus, approximately a 10-minute walk from Adams Playhouse, through the Student Center and over the unispan. Thank you for your cooperation.