October 26, 2016 at Red Clay Dance in Chicago.


This workshop, co-facilitated by Chicago-based artist Vershawn Ward and Philly-based artist Lela Aisha Jones, brings together two masterclass opportunities into one blended workshop experience. It is an introduction into the esthetics of Afro-Contemporary dance and Diasporic Movement Practice.

Afro-Contemporary Dance is a movement style that fuses Africanist movement vocabulary, contemporary dance and Chicago house. Taught by Vershawn Ward, will challenge participants in building core strength, fluidity, joint articulation, memory and rhythmic phrasing.

Diasporic Movement Practice is an exciting journey into the creative potential of the spiritual, conceptual, and physical energies that exist in movement of African descendant and Black peoples. Expect a class or workshop that promotes exhilarating body discoveries with physical explosion and intricate narratives. This is the class that takes your body to its fullness in movement, energy, conditioning, and integrity. Taught by Lela Aisha Jones (and many before and after her), DMP’s are contemporary movement practices grounded in dance cultures and traditions of African and Black peoples. Lela’s strongest foundations in her diasporic movement practice are dances common in southern United States (primarily Florida), Guinea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, and northeastern Brazil (primarily Salvador, Bahia). She also brings to her teaching a wide range of gestural, socially conscious, spiritual, modern dance, and improvisational tools and inspirations.

Open to all levels.

Cost: $20

And then….come see these two artists perform in “The Body Wails, The Body Restores” on Oct. 28-30th at Links Hall. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1005169836266622/

Address: 331 W 45th St, Chicago
Afro Contemporary & Diasporic Movement Practice Joint Workshop

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