Community Dance Series

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 15thMatthew Cumbiepostmodern sensibilities and release-based concepts that move into full three-dimensional dancing.
  • September 22ndBill Evans a unique approach to Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies
  • September 30Orlando Hernández – Tap –  (SATURDAY) 12:00-2:00
  • October 6thDeb 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 20thImprovisation with Shura Baryshnikov and setGO ensemble
  • October 27th – Seydou Coulibaly and Moussa Traore – West African Dance and Music
  • November 3rd  – Jessica Pearsontenets of the dance techniques of Lester Horton, Jose Limon, and Katherine Dunham
  • November 10thEphrat Asherie – Hip Hop/House
  • November 11Ephrat Asherie – Hip Hop/House – (SATURDAY) 12:00-2:00
  • December 1stAli Kenner Brodsky- a range of approaches, including Safety Release Technique and Laban/Bartenieff principles
  • December 2ndBill 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: