Maternal and Child Wellbeing Through Music and Dance- A Day Workshop

CCHR Workshop F2

Hosted by Auckland University of Technology, Centre for Child Health Research 

Presented by Uzo Nwankpa MSN-PH, BSN, RN

When: 9am-4pm Thursday Dec 3rd, 2015

Where: AUT South Campus MD, 210

This full day seminar is a day of music, dance, research findings and shared conversations about how healthcare providers can help support the wellbeing of new mothers, babies and families during the prenatal and postnatal phases of life.

Manukau Campus is situated at 640, Great South Road, Manukau. Only metresaway from the Southern Motorway and a 5 minute walk to Manukau CBD.

Due to limited number of participants –first come first serve basis: Required RSVP amor.hirao@aut.ac.nz (09) 921-9999 ext7790

CCHR Workshop F3

 

 

African Inspired Music and Dance Workshop/Performance in Auckland NZ

You are Invited 

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Friday Dec 4th 2015 7:30pm

You are invited to an interactive performance of music, dance and stories featuring Uzo Nwankpa the founder of The Uzo Method of therapeutic movement song and dance. With combination of live Drumtalk and vibrant dance with the Freedance crew, an evening of delightful energy. We will serve light refreshments. We will serve big love. It’s only 15/20 on the door. See you there.

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Workshop

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Sunday Dec 6th 2015 2pm

This 2 hour movement and percussion workshop provides the opportunity to experience the healing power of the ancient African rhythms with a unique style of guided facilitation using ritual practices, songs and dances from Nigeria, West Africa and beyond. Participants will bring awareness to the integration of the mind, body and spirit which we all need to stay connected The crippling fear that prevents the natural state of the dancing body will be explored with ease allowing a gentle progression of the dance movements with the use of the vibrations of the drums. Come and experience self transformation facilitated by Uzo Nwankpa, a global figure who is merging ancient knowledge with innovation in collaboration with Drumtalk.

For booking call Jimmy Dale at 846 9663 or 021 123 2037

$20 when you book in advance by Nov 28th. $30 at the door. http://www.drumtalk.co.nz

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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.

Care about water?

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Precious Drop illuminates our exceedingly variant human relationships to water. Overseen by the omnipotent, pan-cultural water spirit, Mami Wata, a unified tale is revealed, woven of ‘traditional’ African fable and current event that explores this intrinsic and invaluable resource throughout place and time. By way of experiences both mundane and sacred, the journey probes a spectrum of inquiries between abundance and scarcity, reverence and disregard, solution and destruction. In gratitude and celebration for Her bountiful gifts, direction is forged towards a more promising future.

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/

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Nigerian Drum and Dance Workshop in AZ

 

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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

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Bollywood with Kiran & African Inspired movements with guest artist Uzo

Kiran and Uzo are doing it again. There is an undeniable synergy between both of their styles of movement.

If you have not checked out Kiran, you are in for a treat. She brings her charisma,knowledge and skills into fostering a loving, safe and energizing environment at her classes.

Check her out at http://kirane.yolasite.com/

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Uzo wll be teaching contemporary African inspired movements to the class. We will be working on Coupe Decale, Soukouss, Azonto and Afro Pop moves.

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Come out and dance with us.

Monday Dec 9th @ 5:15pm

3838 E. Fort Lowell Rd, #2,
Tucson, AZ 85716-1731

(Ft. Lowell and Alvernon, next to Rendez-vous Restaurant)

See you there:)

Recovering Home

Recovering Home explores the unique subjectivities of identity from different ethnic and racial backgrounds, whose paths have woven together on a journey to find home. Coming from the far reaches of the globalized experience, this piece explores a convergence of quests for connection, a sense of belonging and a space to integrate our stories past and present.

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My contribution to the production Recovering home. I hope you can make it out to see the show is San Fransisco

Title: Onye K’ibu?

Onye k’ibu means “Who are you?” A work in progress explores the struggles a first generation immigrant faces with gender, culture, race, and religion. The process of becoming informed and the enlightenment through acculturation. This piece also explores indoctrinated moral codes in culture, choice of freedom, creating new culture and finding a place of healing.