Healing Movement Workshop and Artist Chat with Darling Shear

Sep. 4, 12:00 pm3:00 pm EDT


Darling Shear will be guiding a movement healing workshop and there will be a screening of their work and followed by an artist chat with them about their work. They believe that we need to come into a new knowing that a healthy body has no one specific shape. Also, there are many different things people find beautiful within themselves and that should not be mocked or ridiculed because that’s what they like for themselves.  We must remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all behold different things that light us up as we should. Life is about diversity. When we take time to quiet ourselves and tune into our inner being we realize that we are lovers of the variety of things and find great joy and happiness in the abounding options.


Darling Shear is a Kinetic Linguist, Healer, Historian, Guerrilla Anthropologist. Darling is a Chicago Native but has roots in Atlanta where Darling started dance training. Darling attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where Darling was trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African. Darling began dancing professionally right out of high school and in that time worked with many great choreographers. The highlights were working with Bubba Carr choreographer/artistic director to Cher for 12yrs and counting, Rhonda Henriksen soloist with Hubbard Street and Twyla Tharp, Tracy Vogt former Philadanco dancer, Hinton Battle the Original Scarecrow from the broadway production of “The Wiz” and Lauri Stallings Hubbard street soloist and founder/artistic director of gloATL. Darling moved back to Chicago the summer of 2011 to start Suna Dance, a collaborative artist group and had the first performance in November of 2011. In 2018 Darling was chosen as the cover model and also quoted in Micah Salkind’s Oxford published book ‘Do you remember house? Chicago’s queer of color underground’. Followed by receiving the Between Gestures  scholarship to Austria to attend Impulstanz in Vienna also the Chicago Dancemakers Forum fellowship and Links Hall CoMission Fellowship along with a 3Arts nomination in 2019. Darlings career has been one with a strong spiritual center and allowance of universal well-being.


BODYHUES is a new program, developed by Gibney Company Artistic Associate Jie-Hung Connie Shiau, that challenges harmful body stereotypes in dance. Join us for the Virtual Pilot Program to get a taste of why and how BODYHUES aims to cultivate a culture of celebrating and loving one’s body and dismantle the toxic body-shaming culture that oppresses and limits us all.

Self-love and self-care look different for everyone. Each Saturday in August, four different Guest Facilitators will guide participants through a FREE workshop offering their unique perspective on nurturing self-love, self-care, self-confidence, and creativity. Guest Facilitators include: Darling Shear, Janet Lo, Jennifer Sun, and Bonnie Buckner.


To offer a cohesive experience, participants must register for the full series of five workshops. Date, time, and registration information is below.

August 14, 12-2:30pm EDT:
Dance From The Heart workshop with Janet Lo

August 21, 12-3pm EDT:
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) fundamental and TCM cooking class with Jennifer Sun

August 21, 3:15-4:15pm EDT:
Post-workshop debrief with Dr. Catherine Drury and Jie-Hung Connie Shiau

August 28, 12-2pm EDT:
Dreaming While Awake experience with Bonnie Buckner

September 4, 12-3pm EDT:
Healing movement workshop and Artist Chat with Darling Shear

Deadline for the registration: August 7, 2021
Max number of participants: 20

Bodyhues was created in part through Gibney Company’s Moving Toward Justice Fellowship program with support by the Bay and Paul Foundations, with additional support from Andrew A. Davis, a Trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund.

Photo (left to right, top to bottom) of Jie-Hung Connie Shiau, Darling Shear, Janet Lo, Jennifer Sun, Bonnie Buckner, Dr. Catherine Drury, courtesy of artists.