We denounce white supremacy, racism, and racial violence.

ShaLeigh Dance Works acknowledges the pain and morning our nation is experiencing and extends our solidarity to Black people, their families, and communities. We have witnessed the undeniable impacts of systemic racism on the lives of individuals who are Black, Indigenous, immigrants, LGBTQ+, and live with disabilities. We stand with those working to dismantle all forms of oppression and intentionally invest time, resources, and energy into building a reality founded on equity and justice. No-one is immune to the forced assimilation of power systems and power structures that exist within the DNA of our country. We re-commit ourselves as advocates for systemic change to fight implicit bias, prejudice, discrimination and injustice wherever and however it manifests. We re-commit ourselves to the work it takes to find, acknowledge, and confront institutionalized racism within our organization, our partnerships, and the systems within which we operate. We re-commit to modeling accountability and to insert activism towards healing, truth, and reconciliation.

Click this link for Anti-Racism Resources and ways to support the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Community Conversation hosted by SOLE Defined: Is the Dance Community Silent?

In response to the recent and historic violence against Black people and systemic racism in our dance community, SOLE Defined & Community Leaders host live conversations to discuss the current climate of our nation and the response of the dance community.

For more information on SOLE Defined, visit www.soledefined.com



ShaLeigh Dance Works is honored to participate in a new ADF virtual dance video festival called The World is Our Stage: 60-Second Video Dance Challenge sponsored by The Forest at Duke. In an effort to support local creativity and choreographers and to continue engaging audiences, ADF hand-selected 20 North Carolina choreographers to create a 60-second video dance that will be featured during a week-long online festival beginning June 8, 2020.

ADF will release four videos a day for five days on their website. When new videos go up, the ones posted the day before will be taken down. All videos will be reposted together over the weekend of June 13-14 and audiences will have the chance to vote for the most creative and engaging work.

The three videos with the highest number of votes will receive awards. First place is a $1,000 honorarium and 40 hours of studio time at ADF’s Scripps Studios. Second place is a $500 honorarium and 20 hours of studio time. Third place is a $250 honorarium and 10 hours of studio time. All winners will receive two tickets to a 2021 ADF performance and have their videos screened during the 2021 festival.

Click HERE June 13+14 for a link to the voting site!

Community & Connection through Movement

We are sharing 6 donation classes a week, live-streamed from NC.

Register HERE for ShaGa Community Classes Online

Our hearts are with those suffering most in these challenging times. We are living in unprecedented times, and we know that many people are in need of support. We are all in need of self-care right now (including us!). Because of this, we will continue to offer our ShaGa classes online by donation ($0-$5 sliding scale) to help movement and healing reach bodies and souls around the world. As a way to provide connection and community through movement, we are offering 6 ShaGa classes per week! Classes are open to ALL people throughout the world. We invite you to join us in this gentle practice as we heal together and reimagine our world.

In ShaGa, we move from our body, the ultimate refuge. We allow our bodies to become our teacher and our healer. ShaGa is a movement practice of self-discovery, healing, and awakening to our deeper resources. It opens us up to the capacity to experience movement as a source of healing and vitality. We discover that by inhabiting our bodies more fully, we are able to more fully inhabit our lives.

ShaGa with Isabelle on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2PM and Wednesdays at 8PM (Eastern Standard Time)

ShaGa with ShaLeigh on Sundays at 4PM (Eastern Standard Time)

ShaGa with Steven on Mondays and Thursdays at 8PM (Eastern Standard Time)

We are teaching these classes on Zoom, a free application accessible from your phone, tablet or computer. Simply register by clicking on the link for each class on our GoFund Me page, and you will get access. Please be sure to register ahead of time for each class!

Classes are entirely donation-based and we encourage those who are able to give what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations will go directly to support our ShaGa Teachers, who are without financial security in these challenging times.

We know that many of us are experiencing financial challenges right now, so we also appreciate your help in simply sharing our fundraiser, inviting your friends and family, or leaving comments to share your experience with others. Help us share this healing practice with the world!