Everyone is getting down as they learn
how Latin-American dance moves. Half of the room is dedicated to learning and
performing Latin-American dances while the other half is for mingling. The
dancers are practically playing a game of Simon Says as they learn dance moves.
One of our group members decided to join
in and felt like she was part of a larger community. It’s a great atmosphere to
be in. If you’re not interested in dancing, you can talk to the vendors and
people who just came to enjoy the event.
Vendors come from all over. In
Seattle, there’s not a lot of places where can connect to their cultural and ethnic
roots, so the Women Who Rock (Un)Conference is a place where people can be
their authentic selves.
The Women Who Rock (Un)Conference began with a blessing from a member of a coastal tribe. She acknowledged the people and tribes that once lived on the land we occupy now prior to colonization. Before the conference, she used sacred plants to purify the space of any ill-spirits so the conference space could be a place for good vibes, relaxation, and harmony. After the blessing, Professor Michelle Habell-Pallan and Professor Sonnet Retman introduced people, organizations, and sponsors that helped make the conference possible.
Once introductions were done, the first event of the conference was a dance routine performed by two people. The dance revolved around rhythmic feet pounding and a Spanish poem. Rhythmic feet patterns rose and fell in intensity as if it was linked with the Spanish dialogue that was about a journey of liberation and decolonization. Post-dance performance, the dancers discussed how dance can be a healing process and shared with a collective to empower everyone.