With Live Drumming
Journey to the nanm (“soul” in Haitian Kreyol) of Afro-Haitian dance and become acquainted with the different Iwa (gods) in the Vodou religion through their dances, songs, rhythms and rituals. You’ll explore the undulating movements of Yanvalu, the powerful precision of Nago, and the grace and beauty of the Kongo dance – all traditional Haitian dance forms with roots in West Africa and the South American Amazon. Haitian dancer and teacher Julio Jean’s extensive credits include work with Katherine Dunham and performances of his company’s choreographies at Alvin Ailey and Central Park’s Summer Stage. He is also a songwriter and composer of traditional Haitian music.
In this Dance for Us! series, students will take a 6-week dive into Afro-Haitian (Mondays 6:30-8pm), Afro-Cuban (Wednesdays 6:30-8pm) and West African dance (Tuesdays 6-7:30pm) which will culminate in a performance for students to share what they learned. The workshop classes will be donation-based ($5 – $30) and we will offer free childcare so that as many people as possible, regardless of income, can participate.
*Dance for Us! is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.