House music and dance are spiritual, physical and soulful expressions in their purest forms. House has the ability to connect strangers, to elevate your spirit to a higher frequency, and to heal and rebuild. This workshop series is intended to be physical, technical, inspirational and educational, covering basic movement foundations and concepts of house dance movement. You’ll learn grooving, jacking, isolations, footwork, floor work, partnering and play through fun drills and diverse choreography. Featuring live music provided by DJ Jedeye Jaxx, workshops will focus on the relationship between the dance and the music, while you develop your own style. The workshop is taught by the ladies of MAWU, a dance crew representing New York’s finest in the underground house community. MAWU is best known for its dynamic performances, diverse styles, playful energy and a collective freestyle flow that embodies strength, sensuality and pure joy. Come out and play!
Bio: Founded in 2007, MAWU is an all-female crew and dance company born out of New York’s underground house scene. MAWU’s mission is to embody strong, positive images of women in the urban dance community, and to create fierce and engaging works that will both educate and inspire new audiences. The ladies of MAWU are Chriz, Ephrat, Jimbo, Linda, Rhodesia, Secada, Tara and Tine. More than just a unique group of house dancers, MAWU’s strength lies in the diversity of its members, all of whom represent different backgrounds, ethnicities and performance genres including house, hip hop, freestyle, modern, ballet, African and jazz. Through their explosive performances, MAWU creates a platform for dancers of all ages, races and genders to celebrate diversity, fight for the rights of dancers and show support for performing arts. The group has presented original work at Alvin Ailey, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, SummerStage, Red Hook Fest and performed and taught workshops around the U.S. as well as globally. MAWU received the NYC Dance Awards ‘Crew of the Year’ award in 2016 and recently celebrated their 10th anniversary.