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Governors State University’s Dance Company Will “RISE UP” to Social Injustice Through Dance

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Join the Governors State University (GSU) Dance Company as they dance for social justice in their upcoming production: RISE UP! Truth to Power running March 10 and 11 at the Center for Performing Arts (CPA). With original choreography by GSU faculty, students, and alumni, RISE UP! features diverse and provocative performances that defy classification: including hip-hop, praise dance, contemporary, modern jazz, and more.

Company Director and Assistant Professor of Dance Megan Lindsay says the show will tackle a variety of themes, including, “social justice inequities, abuse of power, breaking generational curses; the role of religion and the church in restoring and affirming community strength and power, mental health stigma, and the need for systematic change.”

The company has been in rehearsal since mid-September; crafting eight dances for this riveting and one-of-a-kind production. The company will also continue its history of collaborating with local dance companies. Three local dance companies will participate in RISE UP! including: Safe Haven Arts Productions founded by GSU dance company member Tashona Butts, the Crete-Monee High School Warrior Guard Team in collaboration with company member Renee Striverson, and Studio on Main is collaborating with alumna and dance company member Sadee Wuerthrich.

GSU student and Company President Marquis Parks shares, “As a black man that struggles with every one of these issues (police brutality, body positivity, self-empowerment, and bullying), it’s challenging to find an outlet to address my concerns. I would not want anyone to experience any of these situations. I believe that we are doing a justice to society by raising awareness and advocating for change.” The goal of this performance is to spark conversations about these issues and amplify voices of those who have been silenced and unheard.

My’Anna Perdue, company dancer, choreographer, and GSU student, tells audiences to, “Be prepared to embrace your emotions, be open-minded and willing to empathize…everyone can relate to this production; be ready to change your outlook on life.”

The company has dedicated RISE UP! to Chasette Simeon, GSU student and company member who passed away in November 2022.


Marquis Parks

Trinity Jones

Jaiana Eckles

Amber Kelley

My’Anna Perdue

Dakota Keel

Tatyana Wilkins

Lanise Stinson

Tasia Washington

Imani Jackson

Tyra Barnes

Nia Baker

Delilah Harris

Jazmin Butler

Aja Unger

Renee Striverson

Tashona Butts

Tamar Clark

Brezhan Durant

Navia McDonald

Nicole Thompson

Sadee Wuethrich


$15 and $10 for students with valid I.D.

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Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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“RISE UP” to Social Injustice Through Dance

Governors State University’s Dance Company will

“RISE UP” to Social Injustice Through Dance

Directed by Megan Lindsay 

Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
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