Moving Spirits' Artistic Director, Tamara Williams continuously studies and teaches African Diaspora Dance Forms. Her research focuses in spiritual dances of the African Diaspora.  She is currently reconstructing Africa American Ring Shout movements of the early 1800s. Click here to view documentation of her Ring Shout  investigations.


Bahia Dance Project
Rosangela Silvestre has been a mentor to Moving Spirits' Artistic Director, Tamara Williams for years and joined the company and NYC community for a two week residency. Rosangela Silvestre's choreography, Vibrations, premiered on Moving Spirits Inc. June 5th, 2016 at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

In May 2015 Moving Spirits  presented Dancing in the Parks; an afternoon performance in   public housing parks including the

Heckscher Playground in Bushwick.


Artistic Director, Tamara Williams is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.  Learn more about her work as an Assistant Professor and her research.

Residencies

Residencies

scholar 


Come-UNITY

arts activism

"In expressing ourselves in dance, we create critical seeds of thoughts for conscious minds to perceive and reflect upon long after the movement has ended" ~ Tamara

Moving Spirits Charlotte|Ijó Ẹmí is offering online classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes include Silvestre Dance Technique, African-Brazilian dance forms, Ring Shout, and Afro-Modern. Please go to the REACH US page to contact us regarding class dates and times.

Are you interested in booking Moving Spirits, Inc. for your event? Are you interested in dance and/or music workshops or performances in samba, Samba Afro, Symbology of the Orixás, Silvestre Technique, African American Ring Shout traditions, or more? Please CONTACT US to learn more about our offerings and pricing.

The Bahia Dance Project was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). 

Moving Spirits, Inc. is able to provide FREE programming in Charlotte through grant funding provided by Culture Blocks from the Mecklenburg County Arts & Science Council. The grants support African Diaspora dance and music workshops in historically disadvantaged communities.

2022 events

Photo by Michael Shi

DANCENOW Silo at Kirkland Farm

Click Here to check out video documentation from our 2013 residency at the Dance and Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago.

MOVING SPIRITS TO GREATER AWARENESS

UpStream Residency | Kaatsbaan International Dance Center


Moving Spirits, Inc. has been selected for the UpStream Residency Series for the 2018 season. The company will revive "Coming Home" a section of the work Morning Honeysuckle, Sunday's Greed (2012). Williams will also create a new work, highlighting African American ring shout traditions, a spiritual and cultural practice created by enslaved Africans during the 1600 and 1700s in the United States.

​Photos by  Jess Cavender

​Ohio Dance Festival

Copyright 2013. Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

​Moving Spirits, Inc.

January 19th: DANCE ARTIST ALLIANCE CLT  

Charlotte, NC


February 26th: Gullah Geechee Community Day

Conway, SC


March 4 - 6th: RAD Midwest Reg Dance Festival

Kalamazoo, MI


March 6th: Blumenthal Performing Arts - I AM QUEEN


April 15th & 16th: Moving Spirits - UNCC Botanic Gardens

Charlotte, NC


April 20th : BOOM Charlotte


April 29-May 1st: Ohio Dance Festival

Columbus, OH


May 15: Wednesday Night Live - Bechtler Museum 

Charlotte, NC


​May 22: ÌBÀ OBÍNRIN film screening, Performance + Talkback - Gantt Charlotte, NC


June 25 - July 15: Bates Dance Festival

Lewiston, ME


July 16: Moving with the Spirits - Mint Museum Randolph

​Charlotte, NC


July - August: Bahia Residency

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil


October 8: NC Dance Festival - VAN DYKE performance space

Greensboro, NC​​