Dance Caribbean Collective presents Diaspora Dance Series
Thursday, June 15
Featured Instructor: Joya Powell
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: Samba Afro is a popular lively dance form created by Afro-Brazilian Carnaval Groups of Bahia, Brazil. Learn about the evolution of this dance form: from the Orixás (deities) of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé to the contemporary Samba Afro vernacular. Participants will gain a kinesthetic understanding of the movement techniques, the historical/cultural/societal significance of these dances, as well as experience performance techniques for approaching the details and nuances of this dance form.
A native New Yorker, Joya Powell received her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University, and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University. Throughout her career she has danced with choreographers such as Neta Pulvermacher, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Katiti King, Donlin Foreman and Paco Gomes. Ms. Powell is currently an Adjunct Lecturer of Dance at SUNY Old Westbury. As Artistic Director/Choreographer of Movement of the People Dance Company she is dedicated to connecting cultures, creating socially conscious choreography and finding ways for underserved communities to use dance as a means for self empowerment. www.movementofthepeopledance.com