Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre

New Arts Partner 2018-2019 Grades 9th-12th, 315 students; 15% Hispanic, 82% Black, 1% Asian, 2% White, 1% Multiracial; 2% ELL; 84% economically disadvantaged; 20% special education. |  VIEW Brooklyn School of Music and Theater Website

African Dance Continuum (Winter/Spring 2019) 9th-12th Grade (7-class groups, 15-sessions) Teaching Artist: Fatima Logan-Alston, David Alston

Students explored traditional and contemporary African dance fundamentals. Students were introduced to rhythmic patterns including Soko, Bomba, Orisha/Afro-Cuban Variations, and  Jazz Swing.  African dance terminology such as breaks, rhythms, and traditional and contemporary African dance vocabulary were also taught throughout the program. By the end of the residency, students demonstrated an understanding of performance quality, weight shifts, and were able improvise movement through using variation to empower their creative expression of the traditional dance aesthetic.

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