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African American Dance Company to teach annual dance workshop


The African American Dance Company performs at their 19th annual workshops Feb. 27, 2017, to share the diversity within the African diaspora communities.  IDS file photo Buy Photos

The African American Dance Company, a performing ensemble under the African American Arts Institute, is offering everyone an opportunity to take part in its 21st annual dance workshop on March 22 and 23 at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.

The workshop will feature paid master classes featuring various dance forms from salsa to the umfundalai technique taught by expert dancers. The workshop will also feature a panel discussion on Friday, March 22 and a dance showcase on Saturday, March 23, both of which are free and open to the public. 

Jaeda Mason, the treasurer of AADC and IU junior, said the company brings people from all over the world to teach classes for this workshop.

“We have Afro-Cuban, we have West African movement, contemporary, African movement,” Mason said. “We have vogue, street jazz, dances from the different diasporas from South and North America, the Caribbean and obviously from Africa.” 

Mason said beginners are welcome to take part in the workshop.

“You could have never danced ever and still come to the workshop,” Mason said. “It’s a master class, meaning the teachers who are teaching are teaching not only for people who know how to dance but also for people who don’t know how to dance.” 

All events and classes will be in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's Grand Hall. Registration for the full two-day workshop is $120, but people can also register for a single class or day.

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