Dr. Shamell Bell
Course title: Street Dance Activism "Collective Dreaming"
"Visionary Instigator" of Street Dance Activism and Global Dance Meditation for Black Liberation, Dr. Shamell Bell is a mother, community organizer, dancer/choreographer, and documentary filmmaker. Bell received her PhD in Culture and Performance at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures/Dance department. She received her M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and B.A. with Honors in American Studies and Ethnicity specializing in African American Studies at the University of Southern California. Dr. Bell is currently a Lecturer of Somatic Practices and Global Performance at Harvard University and Lecturer of African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College. Her work on what she calls, "street dance activism" situates street dance as grassroots political action from her perspectives as a scholar, dancer, and choreographer. Shamell’s research examines street dance movements in South Central Los Angeles through an autoethnographic and performance studies lens. Her street dance experience includes featured roles in music videos, award shows, and tours. An original member of the #blacklivesmatter movement, beginning as a core organizer with Justice 4 Trayvon Martin Los Angeles (J4TMLA)/Black Lives Matter Los Angeles to what she now describes as an Arts & Culture liaison between several social justice organizations. She also consults for social justice impact in the tv, film, theater and music industry. Website Link: https://linktr.ee/streetdanceactivism Social Media Handles: Instagram- @shamellbell @streetdanceactivism.
Course title: TBA
Anthony Denaro, M.F.A, aka YNOT, explores the design, sustainability, history, and community of Hip Hop. Through a futurist lens, YNOT’s work manifests in dance, typography, music, and architecture. He has mainly participated, researched and competed in the dance form of Breaking for over 20 years.
Dr. Susie Lundy
Course title: The Writing is on the Wall
Dr. Lundy received her doctorate from the World Arts and Culture Department at UCLA in 2008. Her dissertation focused on the social and political history of Oakland through the artwork of the town’s most prominent graffiti writers, including DREAM, SPIE, REFA, KUFU, ESTRIA, DIME, PEPS,357, MEUT, and AMEND. Dr. Lundy has served many community based organizations, coordinating graffiti art programs that promote aerosol art and culture, including the graffiti workshop at Justice United in Creative Energy (JUICE) in Los Angeles’ Rampart District and the Visual Element program at East Side Arts Alliance in East Oakland. Dr. Lundy was part of the core team that helped launch the Estria Foundation, a graffiti arts program that promotes cultural identity and place-based knowledge. As a muralist she has led projects around the globe in collaboration with local graffiti artists in Mexico, Senegal, Guinea, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Dr. Lundy is a student of radical pedagogy and social justice. As a professor at USF and the New College she taught methods of integrating the arts into teaching humanities. In July 2020, Dr. Lundy launched her own consulting business, Tiratana Consulting, Inc. that supports arts and arts and education organizations in capacity building. Some of her clients include the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the Estria Foundation, Fist Up Film Productions, Hella Love, and Sol Collective.