Moving Reflections

“Creating Dance and Creating Community”: Urban Bush Women’s Maria Bauman joins Jawole Zollar in engaging the communal conversation of One World

Alongside the dynamic force of Jawole Zollar, Maria Bauman – an insightful educator, artist & facilitator with Urban Bush Women – will be joining in the crafting of this Moving Dialogs‘ One World event on Monday, April 8th from 6:30 – 8pm at Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall. Here’s more info on Maria:


Maria Bauman began as an apprentice with Urban Bush Women in 2002, then quickly moved into the role of company member, then Associate Artistic Director for Community Engagement and transitioned into a UBW guest performer, lead facilitator and consultant. Maria now “creates dance & creates community” as Director of Education & Community Engagement at the helm of UBW’s BOLD (Builders, Organizers and Leaders through Dance) program. She weaves her identities as a choreographer, dancer, facilitator and educator together to strengthen UBW’s community partnerships, deepen education practices, support company members and help people move and sweat together as an expression of connection and liberation. Maria has facilitated learning for students in venues such as Peridance (NY), Long Island University and American College Dance Festival and on behalf of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She works closely with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond on Understanding and Undoing Racism workshops for arts communities, is a WOW Café Theatre collective member (theater space by and for women and transgender artists) and is on the Laundromat Project’s Artists + Community Council. She is also the founder of MBDance, creating duets and small group dances from a sense of physical and emotional power, a desire for equity and a fascination with intimacy and relationships. Her company, MBDance, most recently showed work in New York as part of SummerStage. 

Join in One World’s vibrant conversation. RSVP –

[photo of Maria Bauman by Denae Hannah]