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Wednesday, October 4, 2023 6pm to 8:30pm

Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden Street, Studio 1
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Afro Latin Jazz and Soul Experience Workshop led by Sekou McMiller

Sekou McMiller'Afro Latin Jazz and Soul Experience takes a rhythmical journey through the African American, Afro Latine and other African cultures looking at varying similarities, past intersections and exploring new and exciting fusions. Deeply rooted in the Caribbean dance and music culture (Salsa/Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, etc.) while blending with African American Jazz, African modern dance as well as other traditional and social dances from West Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S.

This class will explore the fundamental elements and movement principles of Embodied Africanist Aesthetics while recognizing the varying similarities, past intersections, current and future fusions with other cultures.

For all abilities and levels of experience. Observers welcome!

~ 10 minute break ~

Sekou McMiller & Carina del Valle Schorske in Conversation
Dance as Culture: Evaluating Appropriation versus Appreciation

From the community to the classroom and from the backyard to the stage, dancer, educator, and choreographer Sekou McMiller will discuss how African and African diaspora dance culture is being transmitted in higher education, conservatories, and concert/theater dance, and the ways in which it influences his pedagogical approach and artistic endeavors.

In conversation with award-winning New York Times writer Carina del Valle Schorske, the two will explore and analyze the intricate relationship between dance, communities, and the formation of identity through music.



In partnership with:
History Design Studio at Hutchins Center for African & African American ResearchTheater, Dance & Media; and The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations

Live CART captions provided throughout both portions of the event. The Harvard Dance Center Studio 1 and two all-gender restrooms are wheelchair accessible. If you have questions about the access provided or anticipate needing an additional type of access to participate, please email dance@fas.harvard.edu or call 617-496-0314. We welcome the conversation!

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