Saturday, October 21
Come explore the ways dances of the divine spirits of Cuba and Haiti can inform the essence and personality of contemporary modern dance. This fusion class will use traditional folklore movements from deities such as Elegua, representing play and passageways and Oshun, representing flow and beauty, as a base to color and inform modern dance warm up, across the floor combinations and choreography.
About the Artist: Kendra Ross is a proud Detroit native working as a dancer, teaching artist, choreographer, facilitator and community organizer in her current home, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. As a dancer in New York City, Kendra has worked with Urban Bush Women, Andrea E. Woods/ Souloworks, Vissi Dance Theater, Motion Sickness with Monstah Black, MBDance, Moving Spirits Dance Company, and as a guest artist with Oyu Oro. In 2013 she also danced in a European tour with DJ Kid Koala in Vinyl Vaudville 2.0. Kendra is currently a company member of Ase Dance Theater Collective. Kendra’s choreographic work has been presented at the Detroit Performing Arts High School, Joffrey Summer Intensive, Halftime Performances at Florida A&M University, the off Broadway show 7 Sins, and Greenwich Museu de Arte in Salvador, Brazil. Her community work began as a member of Urban Bush Women’s B.O.L.D Network co-teaching dance workshops and co-facilitating community engagement workshops. Along with sharing her art world-wide, Kendra serves as the Founder and Director of STooPS, an outdoors-based community building event that uses art as a catalyst to strengthen ties between different entities in Bed-Stuy and Director of Programs and Artist Development at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance.
Dance.Live.Love.Feel. This is my motto, my artistic identity, and is the signature of all my emails!
Dance is how I learn, express, and heal.
Life is art. Art helps us more fully understand life. Through my work I tell real stories. I use my art as a way to answer the many questions that logic alone cannot help me fully know.
Love is sharing and connecting. My work seeks to connect. My process is rooted in collaboration, as I want my work to be a vessel to tell multiple truths from varying perspectives.
Feeling is the most power tool of dance. Movement touches the visceral, that which cannot be described. I express my passion through dance and invite my audience to experience with me.