Photo by Travis Magee
Photo by Travis Magee
Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits, Inc. is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to performing, researching, documenting, cultivating, and producing arts of the African diaspora. Africanistic aesthetics heavily influences our company's repertory. Our work blends modern, ballet, African diaspora dance forms, capoeira and contemporary West African dances.
We believe that the creative arts should be used as a vehicle to bring awareness to social justice issues and obstacles impacting our communities. Moving Spirits' artists dedicate themselves to evolving social change through dance performances and community engagement.
Moving Spirits, Inc has performed at several venues throughout New York City including: the Amalgamate Dance Series, JT Lotus Choreographer’s Showcase, The Boogie Down Dance Series at BAAD!, Dixon Place, WAXworks, Performing in the Streets Series, Making Moves Festival, the Cool NY Festival, Demitasse Cafe at Dancewave, the Fertile Ground Series at Green Space, the Smack Mellon Gallery, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the DUMBO Dance Festival. The organization has also performed at Dance Charlotte! in Charlotte, NC., the RAD festival in Kalamazoo, MI, and Alternate Roots in Atlanta, GA.
Moving Spirits, Inc. produced an evening of dance entitled, The Makings of YOU with special guest company, Laurie M. Taylor/Soul Movement at Dance New Amsterdam in June 2012. In October 2013, Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits presented its second annual concert, Epic Narratives; An evening of dance, visual art, theater, and social commentary. In 2015, Moving Spirits presented RESPOND: Moving Spirits to Enlightenment an event paying homage to black lives lost to police brutality. Moving Spirits also presented Dancing in the Parks: Bushwick Community Festival in 2015; an evening of performances in parks near public housing projects. During the 2016 season, Moving Spirits engaged in a two-week residency with Brazilian artist, Rosangela Silvestre. The company presented Walking Elements, featuring choreography by Silvestre and Artistic Director, Tamara Williams.