This year’s virtual ARCOS Summer UNtensive, We’re Not Going Back, will be facilitated by anti-racist body-based artist agitators Kai Hazelwood and Sarah Ashkin of Practice Progress. Kai and Sarah are offering three intertwining streams each including guest artists, through which participants can craft their own experience. Over the five day gathering participants will co-learn, co-dream, co-manifest forward into the future we need and deserve. Let’s all get free.


All courses meet daily on Zoom June 14–18, 2021. Guest artists roster announced soon! 

COURSE 1:     Embodied Anti-Racist Practice (10a-12p PST / 12p-2p CT)
How can we focus on the different work we each need to do by working in race-based affinity spaces which center the body and anti-racist learning? These sessions will include guided movement explorations, group dialogue, and readings. *Registration is required for all 5 sessions.

COURSE 2:     Pedagogy for Change (12:30-2p PST / 2:30p-4p CT)
How can we imagine curricular and cultural justice for dance technique and dance studies? Designed for educators, these sessions will look at tangible ways to shift the studio or the syllabus and draw on the experience of all gathered. *Single-class drop-ins welcome. 

COURSE 3:     Creative Practicing (2-4p PST / 4-6p CT)
How do we embody social justice within our creative practices through radical care and raucous experimentation? Bring an open mindbody to different approaches on practicing creation. *These sessions will meet on Zoom M/W/F and asynchronously with guided tasks on T/Th.


ARCOS offers this year’s UNtensive by donation. Our guests and collaborators are paid from other funding sources; your donation will not affect their compensation. Half of all donations received will be forwarded as reparations to an organization identified by UNtensive participants.

Suggested donation ranges:
$50–$100 per course
$10–$20 per drop-in class
$120–$300 full participation in UNtensive

You will find donation options when you register.

Practice Progress facilitates anti-racist learning to address and undo white supremacy. We lead our clients and participants toward sustained cultural shift in their institutions, communities, and themselves through a body centered approach.  When we bring sensation and awareness to the ways racism is living in our bodies, we have an opportunity to change our relationship to it, to know it, and eventually dismantle it. This whole-person approach invites real transformation for individuals and organizations. For more information visit

 Kai Hazelwood (she/her) is a transdisciplinary artist, educator, event producer, and public speaker raising the profile of bi+/queer and BIPOC community issues through art projects, community events, and public speaking. She has appeared in BuzzFeed videos and speaks at community events, high schools and colleges about bi+ and BIPOC community issues. Kai is currently an adjunct professor in dance department at Chapman University teaching Modern technique through an anti-racist framework. Kai is also the founder and artistic director of Good Trouble Makers, a practice driven arts collaborative celebrating plural-sexual/bi+ identities and centering BIPOC. Good Trouble Makers are dedicated to making. Making art, making room, making change, making good trouble. Kai is co-founder of Practice Progress.

Sarah Ashkin’s (she/her) work tarries at the intersection of critical whiteness studies, site specific performance, and reparations pedagogies.  She is the co-director of GROUND SERIES dance and social justice collective and a co-founder of Practice Progress, a body-based anti-racism facilitation platform.  As a dedicated dance maker, educator, and organizer, Sarah uses dance as a multipurpose tool to dismantle and build our world for the better.  Sarah holds a Masters in Dance, Politics and Sociology from the University of Roehampton, London and is a current doctoral student in Performance Studies at University of California, Davis.


UNtensive with Practice Progress

  • General Information

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • About You

  • Ex: freelancer, professor, dancer/movement artist, graduate student; areas of expertise (yoga, graphic design, community organizing, directing, youth education, etc). List or paragraph formats are welcome!
  • Video Intro

    Please submit a 30-60 second intro video in a mode of your choice. You can talk more about yourself or expand on your interests and hopes for the Untensive, you could film a short dance, song, or a selection of paintings, or any other clip that will help us get us get to know you! Please upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, your personal website and include the link below.
  • *please note a commitment to all 5 sessions is required for Embodied Anti-Racist Practice. All other courses welcome drop-ins
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  • When you submit your application, you will prompted to make a donation. We encourage you to pay what you can or pay it forward for someone with less.
  • Please check the box below and then press the "submit" button only once. Application submission may take a moment to process. Thanks!

    Please check the box below and then press the "submit" button only once. Application submission may take a moment to process. Thanks!

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division
of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.