Students and Drummers in African Dance residency at Brooklyn School of Music & Theatre

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9th-12th Grade African Dance Residency (Fall 2019 - Winter 2020) Teaching Artists: Fatima and David Alston

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.