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African American Dance Company

Last modified: Thursday, February 22, 2007

10th annual African American Dance Workshop to be at IU Bloomington March 2-3

Feb. 22, 2007

African American Dance Workshop

Participants at the 2006 Dance Workshop

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's African American Arts Institute, African American Dance Company and Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies will sponsor the 10th Annual Dance Workshop, March 2-3, at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

The annual workshop exposes students and community members to experiences in a broad range of dance styles and movement expression from the perspective of the African American and African Diaspora. Guest artists will teach master classes and discuss the black dance experience. Keynote speeches and panel discussions also are planned. All events are open to students and the public.

The workshop will feature master dance classes in Modern (Horton), Jazz, Afro-Cuban, African and Salsa styles, as well as a choreographic workshop on both days. A panel discussion, "The Black Dance Experience: Challenges in the 21st Century," will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday in room A201 of the Neal-Marshall Center. There also will be a dance showcase at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Willkie Auditorium, 150 N. Rose Ave.

Guest artists include:

  • Frances Nii Yartey, artistic director of the Noyam Contemporary African Dance Ensemble and Research Institute and also of the Ghana Dance Ensemble -- the national dance company of Ghana -- from 1976 to 2006.
  • Elena Anderson, senior and founding member and teacher at Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago, Ill., and an expert in Horton modern technique.
  • Reynaldo Gonzalez, principle dancer and choreographer for the prominent Cuban group Afro-Cuba de Matanza and an accomplished dancer in Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Lucumi, Arara, Rumba and other Afro-Cuban Folkloric dances.
  • Jose Rivera, a graduate of the Juilliard School and founding member of the Atlanta-based Ballethnic Dance Company, which fuses ballet, modern, jazz and ethnic dance forms.

To participate, download a registration form from the AAAI website at Full registration fees for both days is $90 for adults and $80 for youths. Saturday registration, which includes three classes, is $55 for adults and $50 for youths. Single classes are $20.

For more information, contact Iris Rosa, director of the African American Dance Company , at 812-855-6873, or