Afro Dance Xplosion Afro Dance Xplosion (London) brings together some of the hottest African diaspora dance practitioners to deliver a dynamite weekend of dance classes and workshops on the 21st and 22nd September 2013.
The Weekend time table:
Saturday 21th September 2013:
• 10:30am – 11:00am Registration
• 11:00am – 12:30pm Contemporary Jazz – with Ingrid MacKinnon
• 12:40pm – 2:10pm Uchenna Dance with Vicky Uchenna Igbokwe
• 2:20pm – 3:50 DanceHall with Para digmz
• 3:50pm – 4:30pm Lunch Break
• 4:30pm – 7:00pm Traditional Guinean Masterclass with Assiatta Kouyatte
Sunday 22nd September 2013:
• 10:30am – 11:00am Registration
• 11:00am – 12:30pm HortonTechnique with David Blake from The Lion King
• 12:40pm - 2:10pm TBA
• 2:20pm – 3:50pm Germaine Acogny Technique (Contemporary African Dance) - Alesandra Seutin - Vocab Dance
• 3:50pm – 4:30pm Lunch Break
• 4:30pm – 7:00pm Traditional Guinean Masterclass with Assiatta Kouyatte _________________________________________
FULL Cost for both days - £80 advanced; £95 on the door
Saturday - £45 advanced; £55 on the door
Sunday - £45 advanced; £55 on the door
Saturday and Sunday Masterclasses - Aissatta Kouatte 16:30 - 19:00 £35 advanced; £45 on the door
CONCESSION (Under 25/students/unemployed - ID required)
Cost for both days - £65 advanced; £75 on the door
Saturday - £40 advanced; £50 on the door
Sunday - £40 advanced; £50 on the door
Masterclasses - Aissatta Kouatte 16:30 - 19:00 £30 advanced; £40 on the door
NB: Places are limited. Advanced booking is advised. Advanced booking must be received by 10 September 2013. Cash only at the door.
WAC Performing Arts and Media College Hampstead Town Hall Centre
213 Haverstock Hill London, NW3 4QP Directions:
For further information, including details on how to book in advance,
visit facebook.com/ Feel the Rhythm Productions,
email: email@example.com; or call: Carolyn (m:) 07979 464047. ___________________________________________
Biographies and Class Descriptions:
Ingrid is a London based professional dancer and teacher. Originally hailing from Toronto, Canada she has performed in contemporary concert dance, film, music videos, cruise ships, opera and the West End. She has worked with choreographers such as Christopher Huggins, Milton Myers, Jessica Lang, Garth Fagan, George Momboye, Fergus Early, Vicki Igbokwe, Sheron Wray and Bawren Tavaziva. Her UK performance credits include Tavaziva Dance, Disney’s The Lion King (West End), Royal Opera House, Green Candle Dance Company and Uchenna Dance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs-_84_B0mY
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ DESCRIPTION:
In Ingrid’s jazz class the focus is on developing a strong basic technique that enables the dancer to be free in performance. This technique is based in traditional jazz (Jack Cole and Matt Mattox) influenced by ballet, modern and African disciplines. Through jazz progressions and challenging combinations, the dancer will learn to layer on dynamics and musicality. Her passion for dance creates a positive dance environment that will leave you energized. Ingrid also holds a BA (Hons) in Kinesiology and is trained in STOTT mat pilates.
Vicki is the Creative Director of Uchenna Dance a company that delivers high quality, dynamic experiences in dance for all – be this as a participant, spectator or project partner. She trained at Middlesex University graduating with a BA in Dance Studies (2001-2004) and an MA in Cultural Leadership at City University (2009-2011). In 2005, leading sports brand Nike signed Vicki as a sponsored Nike Dance Athlete and Master Trainer for their dance-based fitness programme The Nike Rockstar Workout. Here she worked with Nike till 2011 working nationally and internationally on a variety of events, projects and initiatives. As an independent dance artist she wears multiple ‘hats’ that include Choreographer, Producer, Teacher, Lecturer and Manager. Including lecturing at Middlesex Uni, University of East London and WAC Arts, Producing the dance platform Cultural Explosion and managing the UK event of the International battle event Juste Debout. 2012 has seen Vicki work on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic London Games as a Mass Movement Coordinator (Creative), under the leadership of Steve Boyd; Live Event Director specialising in ceremonies and large scale events. Vicki has recently been awarded the Trailblazer CHAMPION Award (2012-2013) from The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) To find out more visit www.uchennadance.com
Participants will experience the Vicki Igbokwe/Uchenna Dance way of moving through a challenging, dynamic and fun technique class. Building and developing coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality, the class influences are a sublime mix of Contemporary, West African, House, Waacking and Vogue. Creating a connection with the traditional and social aspects of dance. Music and rhythm is a key element and you will be introduced to sounds from the House and Afro-Beat music worlds. A class for everyone from the dance enthusiast to the professional, you simply don’t want to miss this!
Paradigmz is a Performance Artist of the truest kind. He is a dancer, actor, rapper, writer, poet, and choreographer. As a dancer he has performed nationally and internationally for Sakoba Dance Theatre, Jonzi D, Kompany Malakhi, Garth Fagan Dance (USA), and others. As an actor Paradigmz has performed in Isaac Juliens ‘Paradise Omeros’, toured ‘Slamdunk’, and acted in a variety of other short length shows.
Paradigmz set up the dancehall class after an intrinsic need to study and understand dance from the islands of his parents’ birth Jamaica. Upon his first stint of research in 2001 he set up his first dancehall class in 2003. 2 years later he started to teach at danceworks and has been resident ever since.
JAMAICAN DANCEHALL DESCRIPTION:
Paradigmz dancehall class is an energetic class guaranteed to make you sweat and have a workout as well as have fun learning Jamaican vernacular street dance moves both old and new. You will learn a short routine based on exercises developed from the warm up that will challenge and develop movement accuracy, articulation and interpretation.
David Blake is an international performer, instructor and choreographer with more than 15 years experience in the entertainment industry appearing in commercials, TV shows, film and print.
David received his early training in singing, dancing and acting through the Cathy Levy Performing Arts Academy, later honing his skills at California State University, International Dance Teachers’ Association (Dance Teachers Academy) and the Alvin Ailey School.
A former principal dancer of the internationally renowned National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC), he has toured extensively throughout the Caribbean, United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Throughout his professional career, David has been guest artist for various dance companies in Los Angeles, including JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble, Lake Arrowhead Classical Ballet (Nutcracker) and Winifred R Harris. He has worked with and performed in choreography produced by Donald McKayle, Ron Brown, and Maura Townsend. He also performed on shows that featured Rhianna, Duffy and the Pussy Cat Dolls.
David has conducted master classes and cultural workshops in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Modern and Afro-Caribbean based dance and has taught and choreographed for colleges, universities and professional schools including California State University and the Lula Washington Dance Academy. His career also includes charitable work through Theatre Cares (London) and the Missionaries of the Poor where he has choreographed and participated in musicals staged in the Caribbean, the United States and Europe, to raise funds to support programs for the poor and destitute in Jamaica, Philippines, Haiti, India, and Uganda.
Currently, he is an instructor at one of Central London's premier dance studios Danceworks and can now be seen in Disney's award winning musical 'The Lion King'.
HORTON TECHNIQUE CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The Lester Horton technique provides the fundamental tools needed in dance training for both professional and pre professional dancers. It helps to strengthen and increase the expressive range of the body through a series of exercises and movement vocabulary with varying tempos, rhythmical patterns and dynamic accents. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYCQvCklK9k
Striking artist Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare raised in Brussels and moved to London where she has made her residence. Alesandra trained at the Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Middlesex University. She has also been receiving further training in Africa at L’Ecole des Sables/Jant-Bi, Centre for African Contemporary and Traditional dance since 2010, and has recently became a certified teacher of Germaine Acogny’s Technique after been chosen as one of the 17 international artists to be part of the ‘Mother of African Contemporary Dance’ transmission program.
Alesandra Seutin is the founder and choreographer of Vocab Dance Company (VDC); the company has been running since 2007. Alesandra combines African traditional dance with contemporary dance and Hip Hop to create distinctly and fresh contemporary works. Few other British artists are working to explore what African dance can become when fused with other dance forms to explore contemporary issues. www.vocabdance.co.uk
Alesandra Seutin aspire to ensure continuity by strengthening and expanding her national and international community via on-going professional education, development of new audiences, nurturing young talent and presenting strong dance works in a variety of settings. She continuous to develop as an internationally recognized artist from the African Diaspora. Alesandra engages cultures and helps in the international appreciation of dances rooted in African dance tradition.
GERMAINE ACOGNY TECHNIQUE CLASS DESCRIPTION:
The Germaine Acogny technique is the only codified Contemporary African Dance Technique. “The body, the timing, the inner and external rhythm. The freedom of the body through discipline - that’s Germaine Acogny’s Technique” The specific teaching of Germaine Acogny is based on her African modern dance technique, a synthesis of traditional dances from West Africa (Sahel and the forest region) and Western contemporary dances.
Alesandra Seutin is the first and only UK based dancer to have obtained the diploma in Acogny technique by Germaine Acogny, at the École des Sables in Senegal. http://www.jantbi.org/spip.php?rubrique6 Alesandra was part of the second group and last one to benefit from the Acogny Technique Transmission from Germaine Acogny herself. There are only 17 people around the world to have this accreditation. Germaine Acogny is the first woman in Africa to have started, as early as 1968, to develop a contemporary African dance. She is now regarded as the mother of contemporary African dance.
Alesandra Seutin will be teaching this fabulous Contemporary African Dance Technique accompanied by drummers. Do not miss out this London/UK opportunity, only usually available at Ecole des Sables/Jant-Bi in Senegal! See Alesandra Seutin’s teaching an Acogny technique workshops: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4_mGNdfMMU
Vocab Dance Company - Website coming soon! vocabdance.co.uk ------------------------------
Born in Kissidougou - Guinea – belonging to a large family of griots, AÏSSATA is very early initiated with the arts of singing and dancing. Formed by El Hadj Mamoudou Kante and armed by her experiences in the heart of African ballets, she travels the world for five years along with Mory KANTÉ and then she sings and dances with Mamady Keita (Percussion Group DJIBALA). She integrates the company of Georges Momboye as a soloist singer and she teaches African dance and singing since 1997.
Her talent and her open-mindedness allow her to confront different universes. That’s how she was a part of the JAZZ trio "ANDOUMA" with Lydia Domancich (pianist) & Pierre Marcault (percussion) as the lead singer and made occurrence throughout the world.
In 2001, she appeared in the national Quartz-Scene of Brest within the framework of "D’Ouest en Ouest" show, created on Jean-Mathias Petri’s initiative: a magnificent exchange between two pop cultures and one other accepted as high culture. In 2007, at the request of the director Laurent Vacher, she takes part in La Compagnie du Bredin within the framework of the show “Le Mystère de la Météorite” which is centered onThéodore Monod. Building on all these experiences and enriching encounters, she continued composing and so naturally she wished to be able to record her own solo album.
MASTERCLASS CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Aissatta will teaching dance and will be teaching the songs that go with the dance. TBA which dances she will be teaching....