September 15 – December 2
Ashamu Dance Studio
Free community dance classes
Brown University Dance Program Presents:
Second Annual Master Class and Workshop Series
Ashamu Dance Studio – Simmons Quadrangle – Fridays 5-7 unless otherwise indicated
Classes and workshops are sponsored by the Julie Adams Strandberg Fund for Dance @ Brown and are free and open to the public. The classes and workshops draw from classical and contemporary modern traditions; jazz; tap; West African dance; improvisation; and Hip-Hop. All levels welcome unless otherwise stated.
Rhode Island boasts a vital and innovative dance community comprised of local and visiting artists. This series celebrates the diversity and expertise of those artists. Local artists include, Bill Evans, legendary dance master; Deb Meunier, Artistic Director and founder of Fusionworks Dance Company; Shura Baryshnikov; Orlando Hernández; Ali Kenner; Jessica Pearson; Seydou Coulibaly and Moussa Traore. Visiting artists include Matthew Cumbie, Associate Artistic Director of Dance Exchange, founded in 1976 by Liz Lerman; Ephrat Asherie, Bessie Award winner for her body of work; Belle Abuyo; and SetGO Ensemble.
- September 15th – Matthew Cumbie – postmodern sensibilities and release-based concepts that move into full three-dimensional dancing.
- September 22nd – Bill Evans – a unique approach to Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies
- September 30 – Orlando Hernández – Tap – (SATURDAY) 12:00-2:00
- October 6th – Deb Meunier – a blend of styles with a variety of modern techniques that also draw from classical traditions and jazz
- October 13th –– Belle Abuyo – Breaking: Hip Hop Fundamentals – (4:30-6)
- October 20th – Improvisation with Shura Baryshnikov and setGO ensemble
- October 27th – Seydou Coulibaly and Moussa Traore – West African Dance and Music
- November 3rd – Jessica Pearson – tenets of the dance techniques of Lester Horton, Jose Limon, and Katherine Dunham
- November 10th – Ephrat Asherie – Hip Hop/House
- November 11 – Ephrat Asherie – Hip Hop/House – (SATURDAY) 12:00-2:00
- December 1st – Ali Kenner Brodsky- a range of approaches, including Safety Release Technique and Laban/Bartenieff principles
- December 2nd – Bill Evans Tap – excerpts from Evans’ original blues tap repertory. For dancers at the intermediate and advanced levels – (SATURDAY) 12:00-2:00
For more information about the artists, please see their web sites: