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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 […]

Boom Buckets Around the World!

Students discover the art of drumming! Participants have a blast playing everyday objects like buckets and garbage cans while they develop essential aural musical skills and learn how to read basic musical notation. Along their journey students experience music from different world cultures, participate in ensemble playing, and have the opportunity to perform in an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fusión Mexicana

Through the fusion of powerful lyrics and high-energy movements, the Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. Original compositions and arrangements of traditional songs reflect elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk music, and are blended to deliver a powerful message of love, camaraderie and social justice. The performance […]

Folktale Fun

Clever spiders, signifying monkeys, and grinnin’ buzzards are just some of the intriguing characters in Folktale Fun. This interactive program is ideal for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children. Performing in her signature high-energy style, TAHIRA captivates young audiences while imparting universal values such as appreciating differences and being kind with your words. Family audiences around […]

Floating Pictures: The Art of Turkish Marbling

Richard Aldorasi introduces Erbu, one of the most unique and beautiful forms of Turkish marbling art. Using this classical technique, students will create one of a kind floating pictures by drawing colorful designs on top of water, and then carefully placing a large piece of fabric on the surface to absorb the dye. This project […]

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