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Dance Department: Open House

Fri, October 27th, 2023
4:30 pm
- 5:30 pm

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Please join us for presentations from Dance Department classes along with previews of ensemble works in progress.

Dance Department Faculty:

Sandra L. Burton – Lipp Family Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in Dance
Erica Dankmeyer – Artist-in-Residence in Dance
Tendai Muparutsa – Artist in Residence in African Music Performance, Lecturer in Music, Director of Zambezi, Co-Director of Kusika
Janine Parker – Artist-in-Residence in Dance
Saroya Y. Corbett – Arthur Levitt, Jr. ’52 Artist-in-Residence
Munjulika R. Tarah – Assistant Professor of Dance

All are welcome.

Department Ensembles:

Kusika is in our thirty-seventh year as an ensemble studying and performing dance and music from the African continent and the Diaspora. The word Kusika means to create in the Shona language. Our name speaks to continued dedication to experimentation, innovation and adaptation fueling art forms rooted in past and contemporary experiences.This year we will revisit repertoire and delve deeper into dance and music originating from Southern Africa. This year our work is anchored in West African dance and music.

Artistic Directors Sandra L. Burton And Tendai Muparutsa

CoDa continues to value individual growth and creative discovery through immersion in diverse choreographic languages. Studio practices in ballet and modern dance provide the gateway for the rehearsal and performance of an exciting array of new works and reconstructed repertoire. We continue to foster collaboration across disciplines and community partnerships. Now, more than ever, we celebrate the unique, irreplaceable experience of sharing time and space, doing what we love.

Artistic Directors Erica Dankmeyer And Janine Parker

Sankofa is Williams College’s first and only step team. Since our founding by five women of color in 1997, the team has worked hard to develop our own artistic styles and continue to celebrate the origins of stepping. This art form finds its roots in gumboot dance, military drilling, and HBCU culture. We hope to continue the growth the team has experienced these past 26 years and step into an even brighter future. Through countless hours of practice each week, Sankofa works hard to make our two to three big and numerous smaller performances as crisp as possible – we also make sure to have a fun time doing it!

Presidents Tiffany Vargas ’24 And Obi Nwako ’24 Drill Sergeants Shayla James ’24 And Mariana Garcia ’24

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