Feminist Dance Anthems
We are now accepting applications for FEMINIST DANCE ANTHEMS VOLUME 2. If you'd like to be involved as a writer, singer, dancer, film-maker, or any other role, please send us an email. For more info, read on!
Feminist dance anthems is a project exploring the issue of toxic masculinity and toxic "club culture". Based on lived experience, we are making songs, events, films, dance, and other art exploring themes of consent, gender, and other intersectional feminist ideals.
- Songs should explore themes of consent, gender, identity, toxic masculinity, or any other intersectional feminist / human rights ideas.
- Each song should have at least once significant section where the Lyrics, Melody, and Choreography are simple and catchy so that folks on the dancefloor can sing along.
- Listening to the songs and dancing should feel validating and empowering
- Sensitive content should be handled sensitively
- All the tracks and visuals should be produced in a way that would work well in a club/Dance environment, and the recording quality should be of a standard that venues and DJs would find "acceptable" to be used in those scenarios
Feminist Dance Anthems Volume 1 is an album of 15 original dance tracks created as part of a community arts project we facilitated in Halifax, Nova Scotia based on lived experiences of toxic club culture. Each song is in the style of a club hit, but features lyrics about identity, consent, and toxic masculinity. We hope to foster a safer club culture that isn't hypersexualised and supports people of all genders, races, ages, and abilities. We invite you to shake your limbs to phrases such as "My friend is not a piece of meat" and "I'm just here to dance" and "I refuse to be a victim of the gender machine" in the hopes that you feel validated and empowered. Please listen to our songs on soundcloud and spread them far and wide.
If you'd like to purchase a copy of the album, please interac e-transfer $10-$20 (sliding scale) to DramaticChangesNow@gmail.com, and let us know what your email is, and we'll send you the files! Your money will go towards paying contributing artists and creating more songs for feminist dance anthems Volume 2.
You can also find our songs on Spotify and other online stores!
If you are a journalist, a radio station, or a DJ, or want to connect us with someone who might want to play our songs, please reach out to us!
We have also begun working on a music video for the song "Smashing The Patriarchy". If you'd like to contribute, please send us a video of you smashing something in time to the music.
FEMINIST DANCE PARTY
‘Feminist Dance Party’ is a night of dancing to songs that promote consent, support LGBTQI2S+ identities, and address toxic masculinity, featuring 15 original songs by Dramatic Changes artists and collaborators.
Shake your limbs to up-and-coming dance hits, featuring lyrics such as “My friend is not a piece of meat” and “I’m just here to dance” and “I refuse to be a victim of the gender machine”.
Please reach out to us if you'd like us to bring a Feminist Dance Party to you! All sound equipment provided!
We're currently developing new songs and films and dance and visual art for Feminist Dance Anthems Volume 2. We're hoping to do a launch in March/April 2020.
We've been brainstorming, and we welcome your input! if you have a new idea for a piece, or would like to contribute to one of the existing ideas, please send us an email!
Some Evolving Concepts:
All Terrain Dress
A piece that envisions the ideal "dress", one that's free from the shackles of the patriarchy. A dress with pockets, and a hood that makes you feel empowered to play in the dirt, but also go out dancing. Ft. a real dress.
Unsex My body / Stop Selling Me Sex
A piece about sexualisation of the body, and how advertisement uses sex to sell thing to people, and how problematic that is. Ft. A curvy Shampoo bottle puppet complaining about being sexualised because of what it's wearing
A piece about de-sexualising and de-mystifying the nipple, ft. a nipple gallery and nipple stickers
How do you feel in your body?
A piece that invites us to take a moment to reflect and observe how we feel in our body, to notice all the pain and discomfort and distress and to ask "do I really want this?"
Smell the roses before they’re dead
A piece about fighting against climate change, but also taking time to enjoy what we have while it's still
A piece that parodies the notion of a "friendzone", and highlights how annoying it is, when you just wanna friends with someone, but they keep trying to date you
Meet the Metamour
A piece about polyamory and the joy of being friends with your partners' partners.
A response to catcalling.
I love people that I love loving people that I love
A piece about the joy of connecting folk that you love with each other
My Body Knows
A piece about trusting your body.
Dance To The Beat Of Your Drum
A piece about being different, and celebrating your individuality
A piece about culture and ancestors, and how important it is to reconnect with your roots, and how colonization is robbing us all of our identities.
A song about periods
" I wanna do something about periods".
Crushing on you cos I just really like you
A piece about how being infatuated with someone doesn't have to be romantic/sexual, and how you can just be excited about them without assuming how you want to relate to them.
Body parts and gender
A piece about how gender and body parts are sometimes unrelated, and how nobody's entitled to know about yours.
A piece about "good looks", and how problematic it is for there to be "trends" and socially normalised ideas of aesthetic attractiveness, and how deeply it affects how we relate to others.
A piece about consent
A piece about autonomy, and being comfortable in your own skin, and shedding societal expectations.