RACE AND….Dance: African Folkloric Dance and Connections to Social Dance Lecture by Moncell Durden

by Community and Inclusion

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Fri, Oct 9, 2020

4:30 PM – 6 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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This six-session series seeks to teach Five College students various forms of African diasporic dance and, crucially, the cultures in which they are rooted.

Curated by Five College Joint Lecturer of African Diasporic Dance Shakia Barron, RACE AND...Dance allows students, regardless of their dance experience or training, a creative mode by which to learn about and appreciate these diverse cultures, whose contributions to contemporary dance are often underexplored. In a time when race is at the forefront of national conversations, this series not only offers deep exploration of these dance forms and their historical contexts but also offers embodiment as a unique entrypoint for discussing race.

Dates and Sessions (all via Zoom):

Each session will focus on a particular form of African diasporic dance, rooted in a particular global culture, and will be taught by a different guest expert. Each session will include a 60-minute movement teaching and/or lecture portion and a 30-minute Q&A session. Students are expected to do assigned reading/viewing and be prepared with questions for each guest instructor.

Fri, Oct 9: African folkloric dance and connections to social dance lecture (Moncell Durden)*

Fri, Oct 30: Afro-Mexican (Brother(hood) Dance)

Fri, Nov 6: Caribbean (Tania Isaac)

Fri, Nov 13: Jazz (LaTasha Barnes)

Fri, Nov 20: East Coast Hip-Hop (B-girl Ana Rokafella Garcia)

Fri, Feb 12: Contemporary African Dance (Ronald K. Brown)

*Part of MHC's Common Read, The 1619 Project

Open to Five College students and the Five College Community with or without dance training.

***For non-Mount Holyoke students, please click the green "Register" button on this page to gain access to the Zoom registration link; do not log in to Embark.

We highly encourage students to commit to all six sessions for an optimal experience.

Recording Statement:
This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

Accessibility Statement:
For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please contact Latrina Denson at ldenson@mtholyoke.edu. Please make accommodation requests at least one week in advance before the event date to give implementation time. However, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.


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Moncell Durden

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E. Moncell Durden, is a dancer, educator, practitioner, historian, ethnographer, author, and documentarian. An assistant professor of practice at the University of Southern California Kaufman International School of Dance, specializing in the pedagogical practices of what he calls the Morphology of Afro-Kinetic Memory (African American social dance forms over the last four centuries). Durden performed with Rennie Harris Puremovement for 10 years; held a 7 year’ appointment at Drexel University, a 5 year’ appointment at Wesleyan University and a 2 year’ appointment at the Yale School of Drama and the Balletakademien in Sweden, just to name a few. His published works appear in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches and SAGE Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America. His first book, Beginning Hip-Hop Dance is published by Human Kinetics. His first documentary The History and Concept of Hip-Hop Dance was published by Dance-Time Publication.

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