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Diaspora West African Drum and Dance Traditions

Join Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company as they 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, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Haiti, and the United States.

Dances of India

This AATMA. Performing Arts 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 […]

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

In this mesmerizing one-woman acrobatic performance, Li Liu performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, foot juggling, and more. Students join her to create an impromptu ribbon dance and try their hand at plate spinning. Students learn about Chinese language and culture as Li Lui explains some of the rituals of Chinese New […]

Colors of India

Join four dancers from AATMA Performing Arts on an epic journey charting the exciting evolution of Indian dance. This dynamic performance of Colors of India 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 learn about the diverse […]

Stories from Around the World

Take your students on a colorful exploration of dance and literature with Nimbus Dance. Making stops in China, Sweden, Brazil, and Majorca, students delve into the connection between dance and literacy with choreographed narratives of time-honored folktales. Bright costumes, engaging music, and live narration enhance the program, which uses a variety of dance types including […]

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. With original compositions and arrangements of traditional songs, elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk are blended to deliver a powerful message of love, camaraderie, and social justice. This perfect combination of high-octane […]

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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