GRENADA, WI: Dance Grenada Presents “AfroFuturism and Our heART: Reimagining the Artform” (LIVE + VIRTUAL)
Dance Grenada presents its second annual international dance festival on the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada, October 22-24, 2021.
Under the theme “AfroFuturism and Our heART: Reimagining the Artform”, this year’s international dance festival will take participants on a journey across the African Diaspora through dance with classes including Caribbean Contemporary, Traditional Folk, Afro Haitian and Hip Hop.
“This year's theme is centered around the ideologies of evolution. What are we as practitioners and preservers of the art form doing to move dance forward and what action are we taking to present our art in new ways,” said Dance Grenada Founder and Executive Director, Shola K. Roberts.
Using a hybrid model of in-person and virtual classes, Dance Grenada will continue to provide a platform for Grenadian and international dance artisans to share and increase their knowledge of traditional and contemporary dance styles and techniques.
“We started this festival at the height of the global pandemic when many thought it was impossible. We got it done and had a successful inaugural year against all odds. Now in our second year, we are evolving and are still bringing that light. We are using dance as a tool to engage the community and inspire and heal,” said Roberts.
The three day festival will include nine dance workshops, four panel discussions as well as dynamic performances. Participants in this unique dance festival will enliven and enrich each other's experience of dance and cultural heritage while adding to the larger Grenadian dance community. Dance artists, choreographers, and educators will facilitate and promote dance performances, preserve cultural legacy, and strengthen community engagement.
Dance Grenada will feature the following internationally acclaimed teaching/performing artists :
Akosua Akoto: Traditional West African (D.C./Maryland/ Ghana) Chanel DaSilva: Afro- Contemporary (Maryland)
Nadia Dieudonné: Afro Haitian (NYC/ Haiti)
Cecilia Griffith: Traditional Folk Dance Bele (Grenada)
Otis Herring: African Styles (New Zealand)
Qarrianne Blayr: Modern (Ohio)
Alex Peters: Hip-Hop (United Kingdom)
Shola K. Roberts: Contemporary Caribbean(NYC/ Grenada) Keith Williams: Traditional Folk(Grenada)
For more information on Dance Grenada and how you can purchase tickets to this dance festival, please visit www.dancegrenada.com.
About Dance Grenada, A Dance Festival
Dance Grenada, A Dance Festival provides a platform for Grenadian and International dance artisans to share and increase their knowledge base of traditional and contemporary dance styles and techniques through dance workshops, performances, panel discussions, and symposiums while contributing to the larger Grenadian and international dance community.
Grenada is a Caribbean country comprising a main island, also called Grenada, and smaller surrounding islands. Dubbed the “Spice Isle,” the hilly main island is home to numerous nutmeg plantations. Its capital, St. George’s, has colourful homes and Georgian-style buildings, and the early 18th century Fort George overlooks Carenage Harbour. To the south is Grand Anse Beach, with resorts and bars.
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