Melissa Alexis – YDW 2019

Afro-Fusion Modern Dance class combines the spirit and techniques of West African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, and contemporary dance styles. After a full body warm-up, we will travel across the floor and do center work, including improvisation and choreography. Focus on literacy…

Melissa Alexis - YDW 2019

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Afro-Fusion Modern Dance class combines the spirit and techniques of West African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Brazilian, and contemporary dance styles. After a full body warm-up, we will travel across the floor and do center work, including improvisation and choreography. Focus on literacy and fluidity across dance forms, building community, and self-expression.

Transnational Exchanges of African Diasporic Dance from West African Dance to Hip Hop – Melissa Alexis
From sabar in the streets of Dakar, Senegal to hip hop in the streets and dance studios of New York City, transnational exchanges of movement vocabulary, approaches, and attitudes are constantly flowing. In contemporary society, transnational trade and travel have made cultural exchange, including dance, so fluid that it becomes fusion. At the same time, cultural tradition makes meaning in particular ways and as exchanges occur, how is this meaning making honored?

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