Article by Daniel McGee

This Valentine’s Day, turn your listening ears on and get your feet tapping to Delta College because women will be speaking, dancing, and dancing some more.

Delta’s University Center will be celebrating an entire Day of Dance in recognition of the V-Day and One Billion Rising campaigns for women’s rights. For these events, women and allies of women meet at colleges and other public arenas across the world to raise awareness about misogyny, domestic violence, rape, sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, and other problems afflicting women.

Dance provides a form of non-violent protest, unifies groups for a common purpose, helps people to appreciate all body types, and can be downright fun. For these reasons, One Billion Rising event organizers are encouraging women and men of all ages, sizes, and rhythmical inclinations to enjoy dance lessons and performances while standing up for the one billion women estimated to be raped or beaten at some point during their lifetimes.

Though hosted by female faculty, staff, and students, the Delta Day of Dance events are open for everyone, not just women, dancers, and college commuters. Women, after all, are mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends, and their problems and celebrations happen to be the problems and celebrations of our communities. If, as Mark Matousek writes on the V-Day website, “There's only one team in the human race,” then all of us need to use occasions like V-Day and One Billion Rising to support that incredible team.

Delta’s Day of Dance begins with lessons on the official dance for the One Billion movement, “Break the Chain,” at 8:30AM and ends with a retro prom running from 8-11PM. For a complete schedule, visit

One Billion Rising’s rallying cry is “RISE, DANCE, STRIKE.” If you believe rising, dancing, and striking can help stop violence against women and girls, stop in at Delta College on February 14, 2013 (and if you do not believe rising, striking, and dancing can help, stop in just the same—someone at the event will change your mind).

© Daniel McGee, 2013