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PURPLE Student Work


SLMDances facilitates student residencies at high schools and universities engaging students in major themes and questions relevant to PURPLE.

The facilitation of each residency models and activate the elements of PURPLE praxis (multigenerational, iterative, based in oral & embodied herstories, center sacred ritual(s), honor feedback loops, honor collective decision-making) and includes a mix of discussion, movement prompts, writing, reflection, meditation, and play.

Students may also engage with the primary texts: The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo by Ntozake Shange and Spell #7 by Ntozake Shange.

These are PURPLE student residencies, to date: 

Spelman College, Spring 2022 (Atlanta, GA)

SLMDances will engage in a virtual residency intensive with Spelman Dance Theater, creating an 8-12 person ensemble work for outdoor performance April 2022. 

This is a virtual residency.

Bowdoin College, Fall 2021 (Brunswick, Maine)

Sydnie taught a semester-long rehearsal & performance course, “Performing PURPLE,” creating an in person, staged performance, December 2021.

This was a virtual residency.

Roland Park Country School, Fall 2020 and 2021 (Baltimore, MD)

SLMDances engaged in a residency with their Upper School Dance Company to create a virtual performance for their winter dance concert (2020), in pers​​on performance (2021).

This was a virtual residency.

Greenwich Academy, Spring 2018 (Greenwich, CT)


Sydnie co-created a four person ensemble work for stage on students in the Greenwich Academy Upper School Dance Company as a part of their spring dance concert.


This was an in person residency.

PURPLE Virtual Student Film Festival

Take a trip down memory lane with us at our FREE evening of student film screenings showcasing our student collaborations  each offering their own unique PURPLE creation.

Followed by a moderated conversation with current PURPLE guest artist, Rosamond S. King. Current and former students as well as faculty who lived inside the work will join as panelists for an in depth conversation.

April 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm EST

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