Come relive the feelings of college days and Beychella with Cumbe Band Camp. J-Sette/Majorette-style dance began in the late 1960s at historically Black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. It combines the energy of the high-step marching style of Black college bands with West African, Jazz, Modern and Hip-Hop choreography. In these workshops, you get to imagine dancing with an invisible baton and leading your own band for a halftime show. Make an entrance with a strut to warm up as you showcase moves that are sharp and explosive with a Southern twist. Class begins with a warm-up that is designed to improve musicality, flexibility, strengthen the core, improve stamina and get acquainted with Marching Band music. The next part of the class starts with a brief history and context of the dances (that will inform your execution of the movements) and continues with an extensive breakdown of choreography. Then, you’ll practice what you’ve learned in a strut and stand routine.
Italy Bianca is a multimedia artist raised in South Carolina, but currently lives in New York. She received a B.A. in Dance Education and Dance Performance and Choreography from Coker College. She has also trained at the Joffrey Ballet School in their Jazz and Contemporary dance program. Italy has collaborated with various dancers, community leaders, groups, organizations and programs in NYC. She was also nominated for a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in 2017 and appeared in Crystal Waters’ “I am House” video in 2018. Italy has chosen to use her artistic energy to shine light on what it means to give your creativity, passion and raw emotion the freedom to explore and expand. Through her brand and platform, Bianca creates transformational experiences through performing movement, healing through creative release and being open to self-expression. Join the MOVEment and #VibeWithItaly.