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Offerings Education Main 43
  • Culture | Cross Culture
  • Format | Workshop, After School Program
  • Discipline | Dance, Literary Arts
  • Level | Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

Employing a combination of everyday movements, mime, and the expressive nature of dance, the teaching artist will guide students toward an animated nonverbal way of communicating the important ideas of the text.

Artists

Regina Larkin

Regina Larkin is internationally recognized as a master teacher, dancer, and choreographer, representing the U.S.I.A. “Good Will” missions throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Iraq. She has developed and implemented numerous urban and rural arts programs for underserved populations of youth and schools. She is the Manager of Education Programs at Symphony Space and is a graduate of Adelphi University, receiving her BA in Dance and M.A. in Fine Arts, and was a professor of dance for over two decades.

Jerbean Gilkes

Jerbean Gilkes is a dance teacher and choreographer based in New York City. Jerbean has been a member of Symphony Space’s Global Arts program since 1989, as a part of the African dance curriculum. He specializes in year-long residencies at public schools primarily in Brooklyn. Jerbean is a former member of Barbados Dance Theatre Company and the Gallman’s Newark Dance Company and has worked with the Carribean Dance Company in St. Croix. Jerbean has taught in New York City public schools as well as local colleges. He has been a member of the Charles Moore Dance Theatre since 1986.

Vickie Tanner

Vickie Tanner is a writer and actress of stage and screen. Vickie is part of the original American cast of the critically-acclaimed STOMP, in addition to joining the National and European tours of the production. She acted in the world premiere of TANTALUS, written by John Barton and directed by Ed Hall and Sir Peter Hall. She holds a B.F.A in Theatre from the California State University at Long Beach, and studied the Meisner technique with Maggie Flanigan in New York City.

Khris Lewin

Khris Lewin is an actor and teaching artist who has performed at some of the country’s most respected regional theatres, including Marin Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Ogunquit Playhouse, Vineyard Playhouse, Nebraska Shakespeare, among others. Mr. Lewin holds a B.A. in Drama from Duke University and an M.F.A in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, CO. He is an SAFD certified and recommend actor-combatant.

Caren Calder

Caren Calder is a native of Harlem with a B.S. in Dance from SUNY Brockport. Caren has been working with Symphony Space’s Global Arts program since 1989, specializing in African music and dance. Caren has a dance repertoire ranging from modern and improvisational dance to West African dance. She has performed with the Chuck Davis Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Company, and Harambee Dance Company. Caren is a member of Women of the Calabash, founded by Madeleine Yayodele Nelson, which has brought her vocal and percussion talents to Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Symphony Space.

Ivy Austin

Ivy Austin is best known for her work on NPR as the vocalist and comedienne from Garrison Keillor's, "A Prairie Home Companion." After graduating from Colgate with a degree in Biology, she toured with "They're Playing Our Song" and a few years later she made her Broadway debut, in the title role of "Raggedy Ann." She has recorded over one hundred songs with The Muppets on "Sesame Street," and is particularly effective with youth and theatre in the Global Arts: cultural literacy and heritage programs.