Dance Caribbean Collective presents Diaspora Dance Series
Thursday, June 8
Featured Instructor: Chris Walker
Dance Caribbean presents a series of Caribbean Dance forms and fitness styles to give greater visibility to instructors working in our community and sharing our culture. Dance Caribbean Collective is an organisation dedicated to facilitating Caribbean Dance works, performances and cultural experiences in the Caribbean Diaspora with a focus on Brooklyn, NY.
About the class: Chris Walker’s Dancehall Roots class is designed to reaffirm the physical effects of African cultures in the Caribbean, through its retention in the traditional and folk dances of Jamaica and further translated to popular and social dance forms. Dancers will be engaged in a process of exploring Dancehall vocabulary and their roots in these African Caribbean traditional dance forms. These classes further highlight other important aesthetic elements, through rhythms, songs, stories, and personal creative manipulation of
CHRISTOPHER WALKER is an Associate Professor of Dance and the Artistic Director of the First Wave program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a choreographer and dancer with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, and Co-founder/Artistic Director of NuMoRune Collaborative—an ensemble of dancers, choreographers, storytellers and musicians, who come together under a united artistic vision to create collaborative works. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the New York-Thayer Fellowship, and the GOJ PM Award. He was most recently awarded the prestigious UW-Madison Romnes Fellowship. In February 2015, Walker was selected to present the annual Philip Sherlock Lecture in Kingston, Jamaica.