Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago to Host 2014 Afro-Latin@ Diaspora Summer Dance Intensive, 7/7-18
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago explores the ways Africanist and Latin@ aesthetics influence each other in its 2014 Afro-Latin@ Diaspora Summer Dance Intensive, running July 7 - 18.
"The term 'Afro-Latin@' refers to 'Latina/o,'" explained Assistant Professor of Dance Raquel Monroe, Ph.D. "The '@'gives the reader/speaker the option to use the masculine or feminine pronunciation."
Classes in Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, capoeira (Brazilian), Bomba y Plena (Puerto Rican), salsa (Cuban) and samba (Brazilian) dance styles are taught by Dance Center faculty and other special guest artists. Contra-Tiempo Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez teaches classes and conducts a workshop in Urban-Latin@ Dance Styles. Other instructors include Victor Alexander, Tosha Alston, Blanca Aviles, Dill Costa and Joshua Grainger,. Classes are open to students for college credit and to the general community.
A symposium, "Roots and Routes: Afro-Latinidad in Motion," takes place Monday, July 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sherwood, the Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago, 1312 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Guest artists and scholars explore dance and music in the Afro-Latin@ Diaspora. The symposium is free and open to the public. The Intensive concludes with a series of performances, $15 each for the general public: • AfriCaribe Performance Group: Tuesday, July 15, 8 p.m., AfriCaribe Cultural Center, 2547 W. Division St., Chicago • Postmodern Afro-Latinidad: Wednesday and Thursday, July 16 and 17, 8 p.m., The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago • Latin Rhythms in Performance with Intensive Participants and Guests: Friday, July 18, 8 p.m., Latin Rhythms, 210 N. Racine, Chicago