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Our Story

A Brief Herstory of
SLMDances

2011

SLMDances organized its first community workshops in Harlem that created space for women to share their stories of gender-based street harassment, exchange practical strategies, create movement based on their experiences, and fellowship with others. 

2013

SLMDances shifts from project-to-project to a consistent company structure to facilitate ongoing activism, touring, and the development of new work. We define core values. 

2015

SLMDances receives its first grants and BodyBusiness premieres at University Settlement, addressing the economic circumstances of dancers in NYC. These collaborations helped us clarify our values in building mutually beneficial partnerships with institutions.

2017

SLMDances implemented a new 3 person leadership team called Visioning PartnersSydnie began to facilitate artistic residencies at colleges and universities around the country, expanding our education programming. 

2019

SLMDances hyper focuses on research, creation and development of PURPLE and investing in a new cohort of collaborators.

2021

Our work continues to evolve and defy genres with What does PURPLE sound like? We continue to build capacity through financial resources and expanded leadership.

2010

Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) emerged over the course of 2010, performing throughout New York City on a project-to-project basis. 

2012

The Window Sex Project premieres in Harlem.

2014

SLMDances hosts its first audition and pilots its Professional Development workshops. CAKE premieres making clear our commitment to the stories of Black women and girls.

2016

SLMDances entered a performance hiatus, de-prioritizing performance and producing new work as its main activities and focused on strategic planning

2018

SLMDances was awarded a multi-year Manhattan Community Artist Residency through Lincoln Center Education to develop our newest work PURPLE.

The Visioning Partners co-develop the language of Creative Partner to describe the role of SLMDances artists: dancer – teacher – organizer – badasses who embody our core values.

2020

SLMDances rests, grieves, and nurtures relationships with our community engagement partners. We develop our virtual PD for the People! course and launched Spotlight in PURPLE, a podcast and virtual experience.

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