The Era Footwork Crew Residency

A virtual residency at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts featuring The Era Footwork Crew from Chicago included a film screening, a dance workshop/lab session and conversation, and a panel discussion. All events were free. 

"[The Era Footwork Crew is] a remarkable model of how the arts can truly strengthen and uplift a local community, and it felt urgent that Wesleyan students and the Center for the Arts audience be able to learn from this group of dedicated artists and community activists," said Fiona Coffey, Associate Director for Programming and Performing Arts. Read more on the Center for the Arts blog.

October September



The Era Footwork Crew: “Footwork Saves Lives” Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00pm

The Era Footwork Crew co-founder, dancer, and activist Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver; writer, director, and editor Wills Glasspiegel; and dance group president Shkunna Stewart will discuss their work with the non-profit Open the Circle in a free panel discussion. Moderated by Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka with alumna Kiara Benn ’20.


The Era Footwork Crew: Dance Workshop/Lab Session and Conversation with 860MVMNT
Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:00pm

The Era Footwork Crew will teach the basics of the Chicago style to dancers of all backgrounds and experience levels in a free workshop, followed by a conversation with Hartford-based street dance collective 860MVMNT moderated by Deborah Goffe MA '19.
Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon Calhoun: Footwork On Film
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00pm

Dance filmmakers Brandon Calhoun and Wills Glasspiegel will share dynamic films from their archive in a free screening followed by a post-show discussion with the artists moderated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and African American Studies Joya Powell.