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Black Women Dream

Black Women Dream invites black-identifying women to participate in three months of activities (June-September, 2023) that involve dance, wellness, art, and visioning. Participants will engage in movement and art practices and receive wellness supplies and coaching, and training on tracking their goals toward creating the life they want to live.  


Our meetings will occur virtually and in person, and participants are encouraged to share their progress throughout the project. There is no cost to participate in this project, but you must provide your own transportation to and from in-person events. The June weekend retreat will be at Soul of the Land Retreat Center in Fallbrook, CA. Housing and food are provided. Each participant will have their own bed, but room and bathrooms may be shared. The additional in-person workshops will occur in the Temecula Valley or San Diego County.


Black Women Dream Project Dates:


  • June 10 from 9-11 am: Welcome & Intro Meeting (Virtual) 

  • June 16-18: Overnight Workshop Retreat in Fallbrook, CA (In-Person); Friday 5 pm to Sunday 12 pm 

  • July 8 from 9-11 am: Project Check-In (Virtual) 

  • July 29 from 9-11 am: Project Check-In (In-Person) 

  • August 19 from 9-11 am: Project Check-In (Virtual) 

  • September 9 from 9-11 am: Project Finale & Celebration (In-Person) 

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About the facilitator: Cherie Hill (she/her) is a choreographer, dance educator, and administrator living in Luiseno-speaking Payomkawichum homeland in Southern California. Her art explores human expression through the body in collaboration with nature, music, and visual imagery. With her dance company, IrieDance, Cherie has held artist residencies with Footloose Productions, Milk Bar Richmond, and CounterPulse San Francisco’s Performing Diaspora Residency Program. As a performer, she has worked with Bay Area Repertory Dance, Makomba West African Drum & Dance, David Dorfman, Kiandanda Dance, & Helander Dance Theater. An advocate for equity, inclusion, and community, Cherie has presented work on embedding dance, race, and equity into practice at the National Dance Education Organization, National Guild for Community Arts Education, Alameda County Office of Education, and Western Arts Alliance conferences. A lover of dance research, she has published essays in Gender Forum, The Sacred Dance Journal, Dance Education in Practice, and In Dance, and is the creator of the Sacred Dance Guild's blog, "Sacred Dance Trends."


Currently, Cherie is an Assistant Professor at CSUSM. Cherie holds a BA in Dance and Performance Studies and African American Studies from the University of California Berkeley and an MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado Boulder with graduate certificates in Women and Gender Studies and Somatics. 

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