The Embodied Leadership Project works with The Black Women's Leadership Initiative at Five College Dance (BWLI). Five College Dance comprises the dance departments and programs of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. We collaborate with BWLI by offering our Equine-Collaborative Practice and research to support BWLI's trauma-Informed and somatic approach to Black Women's leadership through dance.

Please click the link below to visit the BWLI website:

The videos below are a sample of the work we do with the initiative. Please also explore the information on The Embodied Leadership Project website about our Young Women's Program, whose members collaborate with ELP Director Jamila Jackson in conducting research for BWLI and teaching community workshops.

Our Shared Language, an Embodied Leadership Project Film

Funded through South Hadley and Northampton Cultural Council for the Black Women's Leadership Initiative at Five College Dance and created in collaboration with cinematographer Amber Wilmore-Hurley.

Our Shared Language explores the cultural and historical connections between Black Women and Horses.

The clip below shares some responses to the above film from a workshop we hosted for Black women within the Initiative

Embodied Leadership Project & Black Women's Leadership Initiative

a short clip about our collaboration