Brooklyn School of Music and Theater

NEW Arts Partner 2018-2019

We are excited to partner with Brooklyn School of Music and Theatre this year! Students will have an opportunity to participate in a 10-week African Dance residency. Sessions will included traditional African dance fundamentals and rhythms such as Lamban, DunDunba, Sinte, and more. They were introduced to African dance terminology such as breaks, rhythms, and traditional African garb. Students will practice performance quality, weight shifts, and improvised movement based off of their knowledge of African dance.

School Population Demographics:
Grades 9th-12th, 315 students; 15% Hispanic, 82% Black, 1% Asian, 2% White, 1% Multiracial; 2% ELL; 84% economically disadvantaged; 20% special education.

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