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Alvin Ailey American Dance Company
is moving online.
“Ailey for All” will offer videos of performances starting Monday with its most well-known work, “Revelations.” Full length performances will then stream Thursdays, and clips made by dancers at home will be included in a series called #TheShowMustGoOn.
And for those who want to learn moves while in isolation, the company will have classes on social media in styles from beginner ballet to samba.
Drums were once outlawed among enslaved Africans in the American South as a way of curtailing communication, connection, and culture. But rhythm could not be suppressed, and it was preserved and transmitted through body percussion: juba, hambone, tap dance, and stepping. The virtuosic dancers of Washington DC’s celebrated Step Afrika! troupe continue and extend a long tradition of stepping—elaborate and joyful song and dance rituals performed by Black fraternities and sororities since the early 1900s. “In the bodies of these skilled performers, the beat is obviously unstoppable. Again and again, the dancers pick it up and pass it around with clapping hands and stomping feet, through the legs, behind the back, defiant and unified and inspiring” (The New York Times).
African Dance Workshop
Celebrate Spring! African Dance Workshop is a skills-based, choreography intensive focused on body isolation technique. Body isolations are characteristic of traditional African dance, so it’s little wonder that performers who master this skill, distinguish themselves above the rest!
Celebrate Spring! African Dance Workshop takes participants beyond the scope of usual classroom practice, to the deep roots of body isolation in authentic West African expression. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunity for your isolation skills to blossom as we explore fun, energetic dance sequences and learn easy contemporary AfroBeat routine.