Three days after the video of George Floyd’s murder went viral, I saw a video on Facebook of my friend Jay standing at a busy intersection in LA, holding up a sign that said “where are all the White people protesting George Floyd?” And I thought, well shit. I showed the video to my partner; we sat in silence for awhile, and then he asked me what we were going to do about it.
That question eventually led me down a road that unraveled my notions about – well everything – including something that I thought I knew very well: tango. In this Share The Wealth, I’ll discuss my discovery of a hidden shameful racial history of tango, and how that history has led to a contemporary dance scene which is complicit in white supremacy culture. It was right under my damn nose the whole time and I had no idea! What about you? How do we identify where white supremacy culture shows up in our lives? What does it look like to decolonize the spaces & activities we love?
Magan (she/hers) is an actress, tango dancer, and small business owner whose passions all dovetail in a passion for facilitating humans connecting with each other. She attended Saint Louis University as a theater undergrad in 2004, and began her professional acting career in St. Louis after graduation. After completing an MFA in acting at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2012, she moved to New York City where she was miserable for 2 years. There she started Hustle Creative, a boutique bookkeeping and business management firm for creative entrepreneurs, and also began to casually date tango. She didn’t really fall in love until she moved to Los Angeles in 2015 and began taking classes with Oxygen Tango. A year later, she assumed management of the school from its beloved founders, and has been running the school since with her partner Dave.
Sunday 13 September
Magan begins sharing at 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time
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