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Steppin & Stompin: Ireland in Dance & Song

Trace the lineage of Irish dance from its traditional role in 18th-century Ireland to its success on the international stage. Featuring live music on the bodhrán and accordion, this spirited look at Irish dance and music presents the history, traditions, and costumes of this lively indigenous art form. The infectious energy of the performers is […]

Diaspora West African Drum and Dance Traditions Workshop

Good dancing and drumming restores the community to wholeness. African Proverb Dunya Performing Arts Company members lay the groundwork for cultural sensitivity through intense study of the elements of various Diaspora West African drum, dance, song, storytelling, and masquerade traditions from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, The Ivory Coast, and Ghana. Our residency offers an artistic platform […]

Diaspora West African Drum and Dance Traditions

Come along on a journey to explore some of the ways West African Diaspora cultural practices are used to affirm community, communicate values, enhance cultural sensitivity, and inspire meaningful dialogue. Program options include storytelling, dance, drum, and song from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Haiti, and the United States.

Dances of India

This workshop allows students to work in an interactive setting to establish a foundation for the evolution of Indian dance. Students will be able to differentiate between traditional dance forms, learn folk dances from different regions of India, and explore how Bollywood dance evolved into a global phenomenon. For residencies, the workshops will build choreography […]

Soul Steps

Soul Steps speaks the language of rhythm! This showcase of the African-American dance tradition known as “stepping” explores how step started among African-American fraternities and sororities on college campuses as a means of unity and self-expression, and has deep roots in the migrant labor culture of South African gold mines. Students enjoy the high-energy step […]

Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics

The documented history of acrobatics in China goes back more than 2000 years! In this mesmerizing one-woman acrobatic performance, Li Liu performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolos, and foot juggling. Volunteers join her to create an impromptu ribbon dance and try their hand at plate spinning. Throughout the performance educational connections […]

Almanacro

In this exhilarating workshop, students learn to overcome physical and mental boundaries, exercise their creative abilities, and cooperate with others through techniques of movement, storytelling, and partner balancing. Working individually, in groups, and as a class, students invent new body shapes, learn basic acrobatic skills, and play games that will transport them to fantastic worlds […]

Civil Rights Movements

This ground-breaking assembly focuses on student involvement in the American Civil Rights movement through dance, audience participation, and a variety of interactive activities. They tackle racism, segregation, and the struggle for freedom in a safe, family friendly atmosphere of Hip Hop. Students hear the words of Dr. King, learn how nonviolent direct action helped end […]

Colors of India

Join four dancers on an epic journey charting the exciting evolution of Indian dance. This dynamic performance focuses on the explosive rhythms found in Indian classical and folk dance, which eventually gave rise to the globally recognized Bollywood dance and music of today. Students celebrate the diverse culture of India in this immersive demonstration of the […]

Stories from Around the World

The connection between dance and literacy is illuminated with enchanting music, live narration, colorful costumes, and audience interaction as students join the six company dancers of Nimbus Dance Works on a journey around the world. Time-honored stories such as the “Wizard’s Garden” and “Honor Among Thieves” hailing from Sweden and Majorca are explored through dance […]

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