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Beyond the Protest


Charles Vincent Burwell (He Series) began his musical training with the piano at age seven. A Congressional Scholar in Leadership, Vincent received a B.S. in Choral/Vocal Music Education from Florida A&M University and his M.F.A. from NYU (Tisch). Organizations that he has worked with include: the Lincoln Center Institute, National Dance Institute, Urban Bush Women, Festival del Caribe (Santiago de Cuba, Cuba), Ile Aiye (Salvador de Bahia, Brazil), the Bates Dance Festival and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. 

He has composed music for the Cairo Opera House Ballet and Modern Dance Company (Cairo, Egypt), National Dance Institute under the Artistic Direction of Jacques d’Amboise (Shanghai, China), and has sung at Carnegie Hall, (New York, NY).  His music was featured in the HBO documentary -Jacques D'Amboise in China -THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD directed by Anthony Avildsen.  A Musical Theatre composer/lyricist and creative, Vincent, with writing partner James D Sasser and his producing team 959 Group, currently has multiple projects in development while serving as a senior partner at The Clever Agency.

Vincent is a Professor of Theater at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.   

Jazelynn Goudy, Dancer Educator Veteran Artist and Homie, from Milwaukee, WI.  

She received her MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University.  There she dove head deep into technology, pedagogy, and Afro-Diasporic Contemporary / Social dance practice and participated in many conferences and intensive. She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Social Media Manager, and a new Steering Committee member of CDSM. As a budding performing artist scholar, her work focuses on Black women and girls' social and contemporary dance on the concert, internet, and social spaces


Over the past year or so, we have experienced an uprise of unwarranted death at the hands of the police, giving rise to renewed political and social unrest. This has resulted in individuals, groups, and organizations to react with performative activism; many strapped up their boots and headed to the streets. 

And now, where do we go from here? 

In this session, participants will discuss performative activism, learn best practices, and identify resources for moving beyond the protest through activism, life, and artistry.