University of the West Indies, Barbados/USA
Saturday, October 29 1:00-2:30pm
This session will introduce students to two of the most prominent music/dance forms in Brazil: Samba and Samba Reggae. Rooted in West African rhythms, we will enjoy the fast foot-work and Black Pride inspired movements of the northern and southern carnivals.
with guest Ariel Douglas
University of Iowa, USA/Trinidad & Tobago
Sunday, October 30 11:00-12:30 pm
African-Caribbean Folk Dance
This class will provide the participants with a basic knowledge and movement vocabulary of the Bongo and Limbo Dance of Trinidad and Tobago through an ethnographic lens.
Through discussion and movement exploration, the participants will walk away with a clear understanding of the history, movement style, costume, and musical accompaniment for these dances.
Texas State University, USA
Amanda McCorkle, MFA, is an award-winning choreographer, performer and teacher from Austin, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance from Texas State University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.
Amanda has performed the works of talented choreographers such as: Bebe Miller, Erick Hawkins, Maureen Freehill, Sarah Gamblin, Andrea Ariel, Sally Jacques, Ellen Bartel, and Rosemary Candelario. In 2006 she became a founding member of the Shay Ishii Dance Company, and now serves as the Executive Assistant Director of their board.
Aisha Comissiong is a multiple award-winning dancer and choreographer, as well as the founder and Creative Director of the Barbadian dance collective – Riddim Tribe. Her accolades span being selected as Valedictorian whilst receiving a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography degree with the distinction of achieving the highest-grade point average at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica, to being awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarship on the basis of her gold-award winning choreography in the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts, amongst others.