Dance Court II will be held at the tennis courts across from the Studio this Saturday, August 11th, from 4-8pm. DJ Keith Donaldson will be spinning.
(The courts are next to Jim Rice Field and across from us @ 1946 Washington Street, Roxbury.)
Dance Court is an urban research and development project of the Design Studio for Social Intervention. It asks the question, “If dance courts were part of the ubiquitous landscape like basketball and tennis courts, how would they be used?”
Our first Dance Court experiment included a sound system and DJ that we set up in the local unused tennis court across from the Studio. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, unlike basketball and tennis, the idea of a casual impromptu dance space required tons of paperwork and pre-planning. Permits were required and expected to be applied for literally weeks ahead of time. It is this sort of public space policy that can get in the way not just of dancing, but of a vibrant public life. Multiply this by the fact that poor communities and youth of color are hyper-policed, and you have a tremendous barrier to civic life. It is also an example of what we call spatial injustice.
P.S. If you are interested in bringing Dance Court to a park near you or want more info about this event, contact Kenneth Bailey at kdb [at] ds4si.org.