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'Shut Up and Dance'

"Shut Up and Dance" is a new program of 1 for All that will engage your students on free speech, civility, diversity and democracy, and it's now available for campus bookings.

A thoroughly entertaining and engaging concert with multimedia and narration, the show tells the story of America’s social struggles and progress through pop, rock, gospel, soul, country and hip-hop music.

The Shut Up and Dance cast.

The “Shut Up and Dance” band is made up of extraordinary young musicians who have performed with the likes of Eminem and Kacey Musgraves, or on The Voice or American Idol.

The narrator is Ken Paulson, host of “The Songwriters,” a television show seen on PBS affiliates nationwide. “Shut Up and Dance” features contemporary songs by Beyonce’, Lorde, John Legend, Common and Taylor Swift, alongside vintage anthems by Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke.

“Shut Up and Dance” can be booked for an appearance fee of $10,000, which covers the cast, travel and expenses. But for the 2020 academic year, 1 for All is offering grants to offset 50 percent of the fee for universities committed to free-speech education. That means the host university pays $5,000 and 1 for All covers the rest.

Note: Campuses must guarantee at least 100 attendees at a "Shut Up and Dance" event.

For more details, please contact Brian Buchanan of 1 for All at

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