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Masculinity' dance event at school to confront male 'assumptions' in 'safe...non-judgmental space

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Towson University is hosting an “Unearthing Masculinity” dance workshop on June 8 where participants can "explore and excavate their values, perceptions, and negotiate consciousness" about maleness in what the instructor called a "non-judgmental space." (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Towson University is hosting an “Unearthing Masculinity” dance workshop where participants can "explore and excavate their values, perceptions, and negotiate consciousness" about maleness in what the instructor called a "safe" and "non-judgmental space," Campus Reform reported.

Next month's event at the Maryland school promises to be a “physically engaging workshop” during which “individuals will explore verbal conversations and physical conversations around the topic of Masculinity," the workshop description states.

Some of the masculinity questions participants will address include, “What is it? What is it not? How did you learn about it or come to know it? What do you/will you pass on about masculinity?”

“Using movement concepts and structures to enhance and further the discussions, participants will unearth assumptions, truths, and myths about their personal and societal views of masculinity,” the description also notes, adding that the workshop will be a "fun and rich bonding experience for participants."

The workshop instructor is Vincent E. Thomas, artistic director of VTDance, which bills itself as "choreographic" collective "for performance projects" using "contemporary dance, improvisation, text/movement, a variety of sound sources, and collaborations with other artists, including dancers, musicians, poets, visual artists, and others [to be discovered]."

Thomas told Campus Reform that "Unearthing Masculinity" dance workshop also will include “other art forms as well, such as creative writing and visual art.”

He added to the outlet that the June 8 workshop “will begin with a warm-up that connects the body and mind, creating a safe space for all regardless of movement experience. This, I believe, is really important for participants to be full in their experience in a non-judgmental space.”

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