1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. Violence against women, and the intersecting issues of violence and oppression based on race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and/or gender identification, are major social injustices of our time. 

Valentine’s Day is the claimed holiday for One Billion Rising (www.onebillionrising.org), a world-wide movement to end all violence and specifically to end sexual violence toward women and girls. “Break the Chain” is the theme song and flash mob dance that were created specifically to support One Billion Rising’s efforts and to unite women internationally. The public flash mob dance has been done annually for the past 3 years on Valentine's Day, Februarly 14, across the globe and here in Madison, Wisconsin, and this year's theme is rising for marginalized women and girls in our culture.

Empowerment through Movement & Song

A Special Valentine's Day Event 2016

Hancock Center therapist, Ann Wingate, and Dianne Brakarsh, of Moving from Within, a local dance coordinator for “Break the Chain”, have developed the Valentine's Day (V-Day) Empowerment through Movement and Song event, in conjunction with this year’s local One Billion Rising V-Day flash mob.

On Sunday, February 14, 2016, Hancock Center will host an Empowerment through Movement and Song event for women consumers invited by a variety of community support centers and agencies. Local agencies include the YWCA residential program, ARC, the Urban League, Centro Hispano, Unidos, Goodman Community Center, Wil-Mar Community Center, and others.

This 2-hour event will offer participants time to learn the dance and to further integrate its themes of power and self-worth through dance/movement therapy approaches. Embodying empowerment can lead the women to take a more pro-active stance in all their relationships, to stand up for themselves, their children, and all women around them.  After this event the women will be invited to immediately take part in this year’s public “Break the Chain” flash mob dance. By taking part in the Break the Chain flash mob they will have the opportunity to feel the strength and further sense of inclusion from being joined by a larger group of supportive and caring people. They will also have the opportunity to make a stand against further harm in our communities.

This event is free of charge for participants and collaborating agencies thanks to the following sponsors:


For more information or inquiries to bring this experiential workshop series to your group, school, or organization, contact Ann Wingate, ann@hancockcenter.net or (608) 251-0908 extension 12.