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Podcast: A Focus on Social Justice

Reviewed By: Cynthia Kennedy

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Cynthia Kennedy

Language availability: English


Interview with Open Floor founding member Cynthia Kennedy and teacher Joseph Machado, both passionate advocates for raising awareness about and bringing Social Justice to the dance floor. 

In this interview, we touch on a range of timely and highly relevant themes which are the focus points of so many stories we see in the media… Cynthia and Joseph talk about intersectionality, privilege, discrimination of all kinds and the right for every BODY, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and ability to dance in a safe and welcoming space.

We discuss Social Justice as a core value of Open Floor International and how that shows up in the way the organisation operates. Cynthia and Joseph also explain how that translates onto dance floor and what we can do as teachers and dancers to raise awareness of social justice issues and make our dance floors open and inclusive to all.

These are important conversations to have! Popular movements like #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, changes to LGBTQ rights and gay marriage and more,  are reporting on rising inequality and discrimination bringing social justice issues to the forefront of politics and social dialogue in many countries across the world. I hope you’ll be excited as I was to hear what Cynthia and Joseph have to say about bringing this conversation into the world of conscious dance and the role of Open Floor in modelling inclusivity on and off the dance floor.

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Resources for Social Justice

Embodied Activism – Rae Johnson

Gender Spectrum

Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment

Social Justice, Multicultural Counseling, and Practice: Beyond a Conventional Approach

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality 

The ABC’s of LGBTQ 

Small great things – a novel by Jodi Picoult

Interview & words by Audrey Boss

Editing & sound by Juliana Barrett

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