Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (SLMDances) is a New York City-based dance-theater collective that works in communities to organize for gender and racial justice through experiential dance performance. SLMDances' works engage audiences in the artistic process; our dances provoke a visceral reaction to the physicality on stage, and incite conversation toward community action. The works reflect real life experiences central to our identities, and pulls focus to the stories of women and Black folks. The movement vocabulary fluidly integrates modern dance techniques and movement of the African Diaspora, while dancers frequently use their voice with spoken text and audible breath. Through dimensional compositions, specific, textured movement, humor and character development, choreographed works appeal to a sense of humanity.
SLMDances has shown work at Harlem Stage’s The Takeover, The Performance Project @ University Settlement, Dixon Place, 92nd St Y, The Chen Dance Center newsteps program, the FIGMENT Festival on Governor’s Island, RoofTopDance, The Actor's Fund Arts Center, the Harlem Arts Alliance Artz, Rootz & Rhythm Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Triskelion Arts, The Red Carpet Theater at Taino Towers, as a part of the New York Foundation for the Arts Boot Camp Arts Festival at Joyce SoHo, The New School for Hollaback!’s HOLLA:Revolution, Barnard College, Cornell University, Penn State, Duke University, the Exponential Finance Conference, in addition to the annual NYC anti-street harassment rally, and many other outdoor performances.
The collective situates itself amongst the Harlem arts community by creating and presenting dance uptown; partnering with other Harlem artists and businesses; and focusing community-based initiatives within Harlem. SLMDances travels for projects both domestically and internationally as relevant to the mission and interests of the collective.
Statement on Race + Gender
Inspired by SLMDances' 2014 work CAKE, the collective developed a clear statement and approach to race and gender for our artistic work, articulated and documented during SLMDances' 2017 strategic planning process. Learn more about who our work is for and how we work to manifest that.