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Youth Speak On Mental Health & The Global Pandemic At The 7th Annual Dance For Social Change Festival

With Public Film & Music Events featuring Big Freedia and Original Pinettes Brass Band June 2-6 at the Broadside Theater

NEW ORLEANS – Dancing Grounds, an award-winning nonprofit, presents the 2021 Dance for Social Change (DSC) Festival. The festival centers around the premiere of the DSC Teen Company’s original dance film Ya Heard Meh? Youth Stories in a Global Pandemic that urges audiences to listen to young people about how the global pandemic is affecting their mental health and wellness.

These brilliant teen artists explore oscillating emotions while navigating COVID-19 restrictions alongside the heavy social and political climate of the country. The festival will include outdoor events at the Broadside Theater, indoor screenings at The Broad Theater, and virtual access to the film on Dancing Grounds’ website with free, sliding scale, and fundraising ticket options.

Festival Events at the Broadside Theater
600 N. Broad Street New Orleans, LA 70119

June 2, 6-9 p.m. – Youth Night Premiere featuring Big Freedia
Free for ages 13-18 with youth art installations, an open mic, DJ Webbie, and Big Freedia.

June 3, 6-9 p.m. – Red Carpet Fundraiser with Original Pinettes Brass Band
Fundraising night hosted by Frederick “Hollywood” Delahoussaye with live music from the Original Pinettes Brass Band, DJ Webbie, and a panel discussion with Rashida Govan (New Orleans Youth Alliance) and local policymakers. Sponsored by Red Bull and New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

$150 single ticket; $250 pair of tickets includes dinner and drink

June 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Day of Wellness featuring DJ Webbie
Free dance classes and wellness activities for all ages.

June 6, 6-9 p.m. – Closing Night
Community night featuring artist talk backs, DJ Webbie, Original Pinettes Brass Band and more TBA.

$10-30 sliding scale tickets

Dancing Grounds is committed to ensuring that the performances are accessible to all New Orleans residents. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For financial assistance: email or call 504-535-5791.


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