Dirty Dancing Flash Mob Hits Graduation

Today, at the University of Washington School of Social Work graduation, Ramona Beltran delivered an inspiring and amazing keynote speech.  Ramona received her PhD after writing a dissertation entitled Bark made rope, roots made baskets: an integration of space/place, historical trauma, and embodiment as it impacts cardiovascular health in indigenous communities (2010).   Ramona, also a dancer,  has at times wished she could dance her dissertation.

Ramona’s speech related the journey of social work to a dance movie, drawing back to her love of dance.  In that to really do the dance a dancer must embody a dance.  To do the mambo, you have to feel the mambo.  To do the hard work of social justice, one must embody justice.

In the end, she had a surprise for everyone.

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7 Responses to Dirty Dancing Flash Mob Hits Graduation

  1. Carbzilla says:

    I’m soooo glad you posted this! I had heard there was going to be a Flash Mob in Red Square. I assume this is the same one. What a fun way to celebrate! (I’m a dork b/c it brings tears to my eyes.)

  2. Jennifer says:

    of course this rocks! i love it! so so so awesome! what a PHENOMENAL way to celebrate, honor and pay tribute to the journey. let’s all dance dance dance.

  3. Kathy M says:

    That just makes me happy! Frosting on the cake.

  4. Meemaw says:

    It was a wonderful surprise and so fitting of the occasion! Let’s keep dancing.

  5. nice! thats my alma mater. I am so proud.

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