Moving Words Workshop

11/18/2023 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM CT


Join Threads Dance Project's Karen Charles and acclaimed poet Chavonn Williams Shen for Moving Words, a 1.5-hour workshop that blends the magic of movement and poetry.

Experience a dynamic session starting with a simple movement warm-up, followed by an introductory poetry writing workshop, and concluding with participants crafting their own poetic dance creations. Guided to integrate their writing into a literary-inspired dance, participants will gain a newfound appreciation for the synergy between poetry and dance. No prior dance or poetry-writing experience is necessary.

About Karen: 
Karen (she/her) is the founder and artistic/executive director of Threads Dance Project and the visionary of the Moving Words workshop. Read more about Karen at 

About Chavonn:
Chavonn Williams Shen (she/they) is a 2022 McKnight Writing fellow and was a first runner-up for The Los Angeles Review Flash Fiction Contest. She was also a Best of the Net Award finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, a winner of the Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series and a fellow with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. Learn more about Chavonn here. 

This workshop is offered in conjunction with Threads Dance Project's fall season performances of "Let America Be America," an exquisite, collaborative work that seamlessly integrates movement, spoken word, and original music. Be inspired by the artistry of Langston Hughes' famous poem and discover the transformative power of words and dance.