Experts come to SCSU to dance on the Mississippi

Thursday, October 27, 2005

DanceThe fifth iteration of the popular SCSU Summer Dance Institute, once again attracted well known choreographers, performers and instructors from across the country to teach two weeks of classes. More than 30 beginning and advanced dancers attended the residential institute, which this year was themed "Dancing on the Mississippi." Classes and lectures covered jazz, tap, modern and African dance techniques, drumming, dance history and performance. Among the instructors were:

  • Modern dance instructor Elana Anderson, Chicago, who is a member of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater Ensemble and the Corps de Ballet for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
  • Dave Massey, who has performed jazz works in all dance venues, from dance companies to television, stage, film and nightclub acts, and has worked with such Hollywood celebrities as Ann-Margaret, Mary Tyler Moore and Debbie Allen.
  • Paul Lucas, New Jersey, who taught drumming at the institute, has performed with Philadanco, the African American Dance Ensemble/Dance Africa with Chuck Davis, and the Karamu Dance Company, Temple University.
  • Monique Newton, Washington, D.C., has been an assistant to Chuck Davis' African American Dance Ensemble. At the institute she taught Umfundalai, a Pan African dance technique that draws from traditional movements and rhythms from Africa and the Diaspora.

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