Gathering at the Delta: An Invitation for exchange, Education and Inspiration

A Day-long Virtual Event

You are invited to this mini-event in preparation for the first World Congress of Transnational/ Transglobal/ Transcultural Fusion Dance

February 27, 2021 - 11:00am to February 28, 2021 - 3:00am

Programming category: 


Colloquium Topics:

  • A Space to Grieve (What We've Lost)   
  • Challenging Gender Binaries and Hyper-femininity
  • Understanding the Legacy of Colonialism, Orientalism and Slavery
  • A Space to Re-Vision (What We've Gained)


Panel Discussion

  • Language, Norms and Ethical Practices


Midnight Worldwide Dance

  • Featuring DJ Amar and YOU


Schedule for the day:

11am-1pm  - A Space to Grieve (What We've Lost)   

1:30pm-3:30pm - Challenging Gender Binaries and Hyper-femininity

4pm-5:30pm - Understanding the Legacy of Colonialism, Orientalism and Slavery

6pm-8pm - Language, Norms and Ethical Practices

8:30pm-10:30pm - A Space to Re-Vision (What We've Gained)

Midnight - Worldwide Dance

(All times are given in Eastern Time Zone)



***Please stay tuned for details and registration information***

We appreciate the need and importance of this work and these presenters.

There will be several tier options for payment ranging from $25-$100, you can select the one that aligns with your participation.

We feel financial circumstances should not be an obstacle for accessing this event and therefore have some (limited) work exchange and scholarship opportunities. We also choose the honor system to self designate what payment option feels true for you right now and welcome donations of more than the top tier amount.


Donna Mejia (Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Dance, CU Boulder Theatre and Dance Department)  is a choreographer, scholar, instructor, and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the African and Arab Diaspora, and emerging fusion traditions in Transnational Electronica.  This genre provides a rich arena for the study of cultural imperialism, gender representation and electronic/digital globalization. Donna is also an authorized instructor of the Brazilian Silvestre Modern Dance Technique and is a lauded representative of this esoteric study of dance after 30 years of practice.

Terri Allred is the co-owner of the Belly Dance Business Academy, creator of FCBD-Style with Veil and co-producer of Reunion, an annual belly dance festival.  She brings her life-long career in the sexual assault and domestic violence movement, nonprofit and small business management and degree in feminist theology to her work in the belly dance community. She has studied many forms of belly dance and is currently pursuing certification in Fly Fusion, created by Violet Kind. She lives in Rochester MN with her family and dog, Phoebe.

Brittney Laleh Banaei is a second year MFA Dance Candidate and a part-time Graduate Instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her secondary emphasis are Somatics and International Law. Brittney holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from Missouri State University. Brittney’s main performance experience is with traditional Raqs Sharqi and Transnational Fusion dance. Her choreographic/research questions involve the intersection of history, politics, surveillance, and culture within dance forms of Middle East and North Africa and their respective diasporas. 

Joanna Ashleigh is a Colorado native who’s been studying Middle Eastern and North African folk dances and American fusions of those styles since the mid 2000’s. Always yearning for more knowledge, she sought out and completed her degree in Dance, and minor in Arabic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also a certified Datura Style Teacher, loves creating collaborative and solo works, and can most often be found by a river in the mountains or snuggled up with a book, and a cat or four.



Amy Sigil is a Mover, Choreographer and Coach. She loves working with teams and novel ideas. She also enjoys bringing movement to people in a variety of settings to facilitate team building, self-understanding, and growth. My life's work is to share movement and research that highlights frameworks and tools for group improvisation, movement sourcing, and choreography techniques.

Sponsored by The Bellydance Business Academy * Hosted Virtually by Earthdance * Produced with LOVE by Donna Mejia, Amy Sigil, Terri Allred, Joanna Ashleigh and Brittany Banaei