Lisa Wilson (South Africa)

About the presenter

Lisa Wilson is the Western Cape Coordinator for Christian Dance Fellowship South Africa. She is also Senior Lecturer in dance in the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Lisa has participated in numerous ICDF conferences since her first in South Africa in 1997 as both delegate and workshop facilitator. She has facilitated workshops in various dance styles (contemporary dance, hip hop, Jamaican popular dance, choreography, Afro-Caribbean dance and jazz) at both local CDF and ICDF conferences.

She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, researching decolonial dance pedagogies in higher education. Her research publication profile includes 3 book chapters, 10 international journal publications, multiple conference proceedings and staged creative works.

Presentation title:

Intergenerational women dance circles: A praxis of faith and learning


This presentation explores the decolonial practice of groups of South African women dancing together inter-generationally, connected through a common faith, sisterhood and love for dance. What does it mean for women across generations to dance together in expression of their faith and or love for dance? This paper aims to highlight the meanings of what I have coined as women dance circles for the  women who participate in them. Further, it seeks to discuss the ways in which intergenerational dance practices disrupt ageist perspectives of the dancing body and how dance  can function as healing and survival for women in the global South.

This presentation is live.

Connecting our faith and calling in movement