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FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS IN ETHIO-MODERN DANCE with Dr. Ras (12:00-1:15p) (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
FREE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASS in Ethio-Modern dance with Dr. Ras. Registration REQUIRED. This class offers students the opportunity to increase their understanding of African and African Diaspora dance as a cultural expression, with a focus on Ethiopian culture. In this Ethio-Modern Dance class the students will engage with urban contemporary dance techniques blended with an embodiment of Ethiopian culture and her traditional dance forms, such as Eskista (a shoulder, neck, and torso based movement), Wolaita(hips and a feet) andGuragé (full-body). Students will learn historical and theoretical origins of the movements and discover relations between the traditions and modern day contemporary culture of Africa and her Diaspora.
Professional Development Workshop for School Teachers: 3 VSA Workshops & Education Panel
Professional Development Workshop for School Teachers includes:
Three VSA workshops:
- VSA Michigan Dance Adaptation (Barbara Selinger) 12-1:15p
- Working with Special Populations (Janet Graetz, Oakland University) 1:30 - 12:45
- In this VSA workshop, Professor Graetz will discuss current practices in working with special needs students in the class room and how these apply to K-12 dance programs.
- VSA Teacher Workshop: Lesson Plans for Working with Dancers with Physical and Cognitive Challenges (Barbara Selinger) 4:30 - 5:15p
Future of K-12 Dance Education Panel (3:00 - 4:15),
Sponsored by Michigan Dance Council and Shape Michigan