What does Dance for Social Change mean? Northern Kentucky Dance Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Dance, Tracey Bonner, explores this topic and more during Woodford Theatre’s FIRST Something Extra of our 30th Birthday Season!

This afternoon with Tracey Bonner (and some of her students) will begin with a lecture demonstration that delves into the world of dance and the work of Tracey Bonner. There will be a dance performance by NKY students. Following the Lecture demonstration, patrons may either attend an interactive dance workshop or the Parent Performing Arts College Prep Course for parents of students wishing to pursue the performing arts in college and beyond.

2:00 PM-3:00 PM Lecture Demonstration: Tracey discusses what it has been like for her, an artistic academic, in the world of performance art both as a professional dancer and educator. She opens up the world of dance by investigating the purpose of dance, specifically Dance for Social Change. There will be a performance by Northern Kentucky University dancers followed by a Q&A.

3:15-5:00 PM Workshop: This interactive workshop puts ideas discussed in the demonstration into action. Participants will be separated into groups and led by a NKY student through exercises that will help them create their own movement, which they will do and then perform for fellow participants.

3:15-5:00 PM Parent Performing Arts College Prep: This discussion is intended for parents with students interested in pursuing the performing arts in college and beyond! While students are working on stage in the workshop, parents will have a brief preparatory course over all things Performance Art and college with Tracey Bonner.

Admission: There is limited space available, so reserve your spot quickly! Kick Ball Change the World Lecture Demonstration + Workshop OR Prep is open to the public for $10 ($5/event). Click on the “Buy Tickets” button below, or click here.


BFA Dance Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Dance, SOTA, NKU
BFA, Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University
MFA, University of California, Irvine

Tracey began dancing at a young age training in all dance forms, dancing competitively, and holding various pre-professional dance titles.  As a performer, Tracey has performed in venues across the country including national touring companies and regional theatres in A Chorus Line, Show Boat, Fosse, The Full Monty, Sweet Charity, South Pacific, Nunsense, On the Town, …Forum, Crazy For You, Pippin, and West Side Story among others.  She has served as Choreographer and/or Director for the Radio City Rockettes, Bank Street Theatre in NYC, Laguna Beach Dance Festival, The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, The Kentucky Conservatory Theatre, Woodford Theatre, and The Human Race Theatre Company to name a few.  She has served as a guest artists, visiting and assistant professor, director and/or choreographer, and a professional artist in the field in many high-ranking universities, specialized artistic educational programs, dance companies, and regional theatres.  Her artistic creations have garnered regional and national awards in both theatrical and dance venues and she is an active member of the Actors Equity Association, American College Dance Association, National Dance Education Organization, Society of Dance History Scholars, Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, and serves on the Advisory Council, dance division of SCPA right here in Cincinnati.  In 2016, she was award the prestigious Al Smith Artistic Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council for her work in combining dance and social justice. She is a consummate artist art heart.


Follow Tracey at her website: www.traceybonner.com, twitter: @BonnerTracey, or on Instagram: @traceydancesnsings

Dance photos: Mikki Shaffner, http://www.mikkischaffner.com