Global Arts: Cultural Literacy & Heritage
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African dance is an expression and a part of ritual and ceremonial life that is vital to African culture. Students explore dance as a reflection of this culture, working collaboratively with each other to create and to present original dances, inspired by traditional African dance techniques
Jerbean Gilkes is a dancer and educator. He has performed and taught at institutions such as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum. He works with the New York City Department of Education’s Sport and Arts in School Foundation and Symphony Space Global Arts: cultural literacy and heritage programs as a dance teacher and choreographer.
Charles Moore Dance Theatre
Charles Moore Dance Theatre, founded in 1974 by the late Charles Moore with artistic director Ella Moore. The company creates and reconstructs dances, most notably “Shango,” the signature dance of world-renowned choreographer Katherine Dunham. The company’s African, Carribean and African-American dance and drumming programs have been seen on the stages of Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and in Central Park, and its work has been broadcast on the PBS series, Great Performances. Ms. Moore holds a B.A. in Arts and Education from Howard University.
Women of the Calabash
Women of the Calabash, founded in 1978, combines traditional instruments, vocals, and music forms with contemporary influences to perform music from Africa, the Caribbean, and black America. Under artistic director Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, Women of the Calabash uses moments during workshops and performances to teach the history and playing techniques of the various instruments used, giving context to the music they perform. Women of the Calabash shared billing with performers such as the Temptations, Richie Havens, Philip Glass, Odetta and more.