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Last modified: Monday, November 29, 2010

IU African American Dance Company's annual studio concert coming up on Dec. 7

Nov. 29, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington's African American Dance Company will present its annual studio concert on Dec. 7 (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. at the Willkie Auditorium, 150 N. Rose St.

African American Dance Company

African American Dance Company

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The African American Dance Company conveys the spirit of dance styles of the African Diaspora. Its repertoire includes original choreography fusing modern, jazz, African and Latin American dance styles.

The company, based in IU's African American Arts Institute, seeks to widen the scope and appreciation of dance as a discipline through interdisciplinary projects that expose students and audiences to various aesthetic expressions.

This year's concert will include Collaboration 2011 dance pieces presented by students in two courses at IU.

Students of Bernard Woma's "African Performance" course will present two Ghanaian dance numbers. Woma has toured the world as xylophonist and lead drummer of the National Dance Company of Ghana. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic at the Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and has been in residency with national and international performing groups. He is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in the African Studies Program at IU.

Students of another course, "Dance in the African Diaspora," will perform African and Afro Cuban dances. It is taught by Iris Rosa, who directs the dance company and is professor of African American and African Diaspora studies.

There will also be a featured collaboration with IU HoosierRaas, the university's Indian dance team. Each dance piece will demonstrate the wide variety of expression from the African Diaspora with live and taped music.

General admission tickets are $5 at the door.