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Be a Part of UT’s Urban Bush Women Residency Workshops March 26–29

Published: March 04, 2014

Update (March 12, 2014):

All workshops are full, but please plan to attend the performance and reception on March 29. If you would like reserved seating at the performance, please contact Susan Taylor Lennon at

From March 25–31, The University of Tampa will host the internationally renowned dance company Urban Bush Women for a community engagement residency. The public is invited to take part in dance workshops with the Urban Bush Women exploring the theme “building community through dance” March 26–28, culminating in a performance on Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

No previous dance experience is required, and people of all abilities are welcome to take part. Workshop participants will commit to attending three consecutive days of workshops at the same time, as well as an afternoon rehearsal culminating in the performance.

Times and locations for the workshops are:

  • March 26–27, 1–4 p.m., The University of Tampa, Edison Building, 214 North Boulevard (limited to 20 participants); or
  • March 26–27, 6–9:30 p.m., Taproot Community Cultural Center, 1917 N. Howard Ave. (corner of Howard and Spruce) (limited to 20 participants)

The two groups will then come together for a workshop on March 28, from 6–9:30 p.m. at the Taproot Community Cultural Center, and then on March 29 at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values on the UT campus for a rehearsal and performance.

Also on March 29, there will be a post-performance reception in Plant Hall’s Fletcher Lounge at 8 p.m., with a chance to speak with company members and workshop participants and a sneak peek at a documentary film being created about the residency by Christopher Boulton, assistant professor of communication. The March 29 performance and reception are free and open to the public.

For more information or to register, email Susan Taylor Lennon at The deadline to register for workshop participation is Friday, March 14.

The residency is being sponsored by Smith & Associates Real Estate, the Tampa Housing Authority, Banc of America Community Development Corp., the Life Enrichment Center, the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and The University of Tampa.

Urban Bush Women was founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the Nancy Smith Fichter professor of dance and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor at Florida State University. Based in Brooklyn, Urban Bush Women uses art to address social issues and encourage civic engagement. For more information, go to