Movement Medicine for Social Change

Movement is Medicine that all people deserve.
Create or gain access to dance through our communally supported sliding scale. ~

Gain Access: If the requested contribution for dance class is prohibitive for you, come on in and contribute whatever you’re able. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.
Create Access: Support Movement Medicine for Social Change:
Folks with the means are encouraged to choose an “add to your appointment” option when you register for class, OR Link Here to contribute directly without even shaking a leg! ~ We create equity collectively. Your generosity helps create dance access for others, pay the artists and rent.
Any surplus in this fund annually is equally distributed between community initiatives doing social change and anti-racism work, including the following initiatives in 2023:


Equality Maine Community Center:

Khmer Maine:

Hamana Arts Center (via Namory Keita):

Hamana Arts Center is Namory Keita’s project in the Hamana region of Guinea ~ A place for study and preservation of Guinea’s traditional music, dance, arts, culture!


At Embody the Rhythm we contribute in solidarity:

  • To honor the legacy, culture and people of Guinea, from which the music and dances in our classes originate.

  • To honor the legacy and culture of the Indigenous people’s of Maine, who’s ancestral land we are standing/dancing/drumming on.

  • To honor people of the Global Majority (including Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA human family members who continue to struggle for the same respect, safety and opportunity that many take for granted in this country and beyond.

  • To cultivate the healing energy we generate on the dance floor and send it beyond ourselves into the world; contribute to much-needed healing between people within our human family; affirm the healing power of Love.

Organizations we’ve contributed to in recent years:

Black Girl in Maine Media, Wabanaki REACH, Embodied Equity Consulting, For Us By Us, Families Belong Together, Nibizun, Allies Presente!, Maine Trans Net, Rise and Shine Youth Retreat, Wabanaki Alliance, Unified Asian Communities, Black P.O.W.E.R. Maine

We must each do our part to challenge systemic racism and contribute to dismantling white supremacy. An abundance of resources exist. Here are just a few:

Dismantling Racism
Community Change Inc
Identify the Territory & First Peoples of the Land You Reside In
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Roots Deeper Than Whiteness (article link)
Online Courses with White Awake
How to Be Anti-Racist: A Social Workers Perspective
Rebuilding Trust and Repairing Relationships with Indigenous Populations



Content © 2011-2023 Embody the Rhythm

Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 200-4834