Community Dance Classes Dunedin New Zealand

One of the most exciting things I get to do is bring the flavor of my homeland to New Zealand. For 8 weeks starting next week, we will move and groove to the rhythms of Africa to stay warm in cold Dunedin. I cannot wait to dance with you all. See you there.  

Wednesday Afrobeats July 15 @ 4pm

Friday Afro-Dizzy-ak (Aphrodesiac

July 17th @12:10pm 

665 Cumberland Street

3rd floor dance studio

Cost: Koha (Donation)

 

Evolution of Identity

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A submission sent into the Voices from the streets movement was sent in and I will be presenting at the performing the world conference in NYC Oct 10th 2014. I was asked to respond to a few questions. How does your art form affect your identity? And who you are becoming, or have become? AND, does your art form have any intersection with issues of social justice. I’ll be there installing myself live in NYC Times Square. More to come.

Overcomer Dance- A community Healing event

I am honored to continue my journey in life through dance. Dancing is something that brings stillness to my mind. Dancing helps me grow, heal, and survive.

I was asked to help coordinate the Flash Mob to the Overcomer Song by Mandisa in Tucson AZ. The song is very empowering and I jumped on the opportunity. On jan 8th 2011, 17 people were shot and 6 people died. One of the survivors is former congress woman Gabby Giffords. On Wednesday Jan 8th 2014, we remembered the victims and survivors of this tragic event at El Presidio Park downtown Tucson through the flash mob. There were multiple classes held in the community, hospital, high school and YMCA. People committed to learning the moves and they showed up to dance.  I was excited to join a team of wonderful visionaries that made this all happen. It was a success. Check out the video and photos from the event.

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On Jan 11th, the Beyond Tucson event asked for more and I taught the community the dance. including the Mayor of Tucson Jonathan Rothchild and his wife.

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Check out the video

We also got some press coverage

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/arts/report/010814_overcomer/video-flash-mob-dances-overcomer-mark-jan-8/

http://azstarnet.com/gallery/news/local/photos-beyond/collection_6f68746e-7b08-11e3-a949-001a4bcf887a.html#8

http://azstarnet.com/gallery/news/local/photos-beyond/collection_6f68746e-7b08-11e3-a949-001a4bcf887a.html#11

Nigerian Drum and Dance Workshop in AZ

 

Nigerian Drum and Dance Tucson AZ Jan 2014

Photo by Jade Beall

Monday 1/27/14
Song and Dance 7pm

Tuesday 1/28/13
Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy
3401 N. Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Dance @7pm

Thursday 1/30/14
Dance @ 7pm

Friday 1/31/14
Drum @ 5pm
Dance @ 6:30pm

Sat 2/1/14
Drum @ 6:30pm

$15/class
$10 student discount

No drum and dance experience necessary.

Drum Class:
Akeem Ayanniyi is the ninth generation of his family to play the traditional Yoruba talking drum. He is from Erin Oshun near the historic art center of Oshogbo in Nigeria. He has been performing since the age of five and has toured much of Africa as well as Germany, Brazil, Sweden and the United States as a performer and teacher.

www.agalu.com

Dance Class:
Uzo Nwankpa is from Enugu in Southeast Nigeria, She is an Igbo woman educating communities on the history of the country, how Igbo style dance “Egwu Igbo” continues to evolve across the continents and the various techniques of Igbo style dance. Uzo emphasizes the importance of healing through music and movement and uses this medium to facilitate her dance classes

Hope to see you all there

Uzo