by Elizabeth Ann Foster
Reflect. Restore. Rise. is a 3-day virtual fundraising offering organized and curated by Nathaniel Hunt. Starting today, please join in and be part of the solution. Hunt is an NYC-based dancer, self-described mover, educator, and creator. Follow him on his social media www.nathanieljhunt.comI, IG @nathanielhunt. He is also the Artistic Director of The Nathaniel Hunt Project www.thenathanielhuntproject.com.
From the press release:
Inspired by the unjust murder of George Floyd, Hunt has tapped into his network of artists, healers and motivators, and curated a variety of uplifting classes, heartfelt performance, and uncomfortable conversations. These sessions will uncover, investigate, and begin to encourage healing from racial injustice in the United States.Facilitators include acclaimed poet and author, Azure Antoinette who Forbes referred to as “the Maya Angelou of the millennial generation,” dancer Antuan Byers (Metropolitan Opera Ballet), lighting designer Emily Clarkson (Off-Broadway’s Drift), dancer Brandon Coleman (Sleep No More), dancer Coral Dolphin (Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour), Director of Student Ministries at Ocean Grove Church Megan Faulkner, dancer Christine Flores (Pam Tanowitz Dance), stage manager Chelsea Gillespie (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Artistic Director Hallie Hunt (Adaptations Dance Theater), dancer and health activist Amira Johnson (Disney Cruise Line), dancer Alice Klock (Co-Director of FLOCK), Ringmaster and singer Storm Marrero (Big Apple Circus), Marisa Martin who is a Trauma-Informed, Restorative and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, composer and songwriter Michael Mott (Where the Sky Ends, In the Light), dancer Deidre Rogan (Parsons Dance), dancer Courtney Ross (Founder and Director of Bloom Dance), dancer and NASM certified personal trainer J’nae Simmons, dancer Courtney Celeste Spears (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) and Licensed PsychotherapistRachel Wright.The public is encouraged to donate what you can to attend dance, yoga, and fitness classes via Instagram. All discussions will take place via Instagram and Facebook Live. Funds will be collected via Venmo @RiseReflectRestore and Paypal paypal.me/risereflectrestore and donated at the conclusion of the weekend. Receipts will be shared by facilitators once the donations are made to both the NAACP and Color of Change. For more information, find Nathaniel on Instagram.