Querencia March 28, 2014 | roselarkings | More on General
"Querencia" A place from which one's strength is drawn, where one feels most at home;…place where you are your most authentic self. For me as a dancer and a choreographer this piece describes freedom and ability to loose control within movement. As a dancer I find I am at my most authentic self every morning that I set foot into a studio. There is a sense of empowerment and also a feeling of abandonment which is strongly supported by being emotionally and physically connected and in tune with our bodies. The element of trust and also feeling completely comfortable with others was also very apparent to me when creating Querencia!Read More
Cara a Cara March 26, 2014 | AnaBB | More on Performance
A Tango-styled contemporary ballet piece, performed at the 2014 Stepping Out concert by Boulder Ballet.…by Ana Claire.Read More
Encounters March 25, 2014 | mlobrace | More on Modern
This duet was created for two males but it has also been performed with two…Has been shown in Washington, DC and multiple venues in NYC. Choreographed by Michelle LoBrace, Artistic Director of LoBrace DanceWorks.Read More
In the eye March 25, 2014 | gioravelo | More on Performance
Piece commissioned by Roxey Ballet, music by Nalani & Sarina, Feb 2014. Dancers Xiaxiao Cao…Kaitlyn McDermitt. Choreographer Giovani Ravelo.Read More
Macho: An Afro latin jazz suite March 20, 2014 | smcdance | More on Performance
The following piece is an excerpt from a work in progress entitled "Macho: An Afro…Jazz Suite" by Sekou McMiller. Based on the musical journey of the late great famed musician "Machito" Machito (born Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo in Havana, Cuba) was one of the most influential Latin jazz musicians who helped refine Afro-Cuban jazz and create both Cubop and Salsa music. In the 1940s, Machito and his band named the Afro-Cubans, were among the first to fuse Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz improvisation and big band arrangements. Paving a way for many latin artist like Tito Puente, Willie Bobo and Tito Rodriguez. Their music greatly inspired such North American jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Stan Kenton This would become evident in collaborative works they would create together from the 40's through the 80's. Becoming the heartbeat of the nightclubs and forever changing the landscape of American music and dance. However a less none fact about Machito's career was his opening tradition of blessings and rhythms of the Yorubas, brought to the Caribbean by Africans, which are at the core of Afro-Cuban music. Machito's concert with Mr. Gillespie includes a Yoruba-style trio of bata drummers, while Machito would sing a Yoruba chant when he introduces the band and wishing all ''ashe'' - translated as ''health''!Read More
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