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The beginnings of Liberated Grounds: Global Dance Meditation For Black Liberation

Angel Adams

Oct 1, 2020

Where did it all begin? Learn more about how Liberated Grounds came to be and how the entire community stepped into a global meditation for black liberation to do so.

The Global Dance Meditation For Black Liberation Project:


Global Dance Meditation for BLACK Liberation began with Dr. Shamell Bell’s dream, a clear vision of people around the world heeding a call, at the same time, to the same rhythm, in a collective resonance. It’s grown into a conversation, a community, a journey and a call to action. 

Revolutionary dreams create revolutionary worlds. 

Global Dance Meditation is rooted in being courageous, in wildly imagining and embodying a new world.

For 28 days this August we come together in collective daily practice.Join us as we ask the question what true liberation is - and realize the answer is within us. 

We are a revolutionary collective of dreamers and dancers, movers, lovers, healers, teachers, and children moving Black Joy and Freedom into our BIPOC+Queer bodies, and by extension the universal human body.

We are an organizing collective of over fifty international and interracial individuals who recognize we cannot heal ourselves, humanity, or the world alone. We are a growing community.

We are you.

Dr. Shamell Bell is a mother, dancer/choreographer, educator, documentary filmmaker, community organizer, and "Visionary Instigator" of Street Dance Activism and The Global Dance Meditation for Black Liberation. Dr. Bell is currently a Lecturer of Somatic Practices and Global Performance at Harvard University and Lecturer of African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College. Her work on what she calls, "street dance activism" situates street dance as grassroots political action from her perspectives as a scholar, dancer, and choreographer. In the Fall of 2020, Dr. Bell brought her street dance activism to Nashville, TN, where local dancers performer her choreographed dances. Dr. Bell is an ambassador for the Movement for Black Lives and a member of Blackout for Human Rights.

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