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 underserved areas.

Photo by Michael Shi

DANCENOW Silo at Kirkland Farm

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 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.

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

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"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.

Fall 2018

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.

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.

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