RACE AND... Dance: East Coast Hip-Hop Featuring B-girl Ana Rokafella Garcia

by Community and Inclusion

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Fri, Nov 20, 2020

4:30 PM – 6 PM EST (GMT-5)

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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 (REGISTER via the Zoom registration link on this page):

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 (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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Ana Rokafella Garcia

Photo credit: Mr Ray Been3

Ana "Rokafella" Garcia is a NYC native who has represented women in Hip-hop dance professionally over the past two decades. She co-founded Full Circle Prod Inc- NYC's only non profit Break Dance Theater company with her husband veteran Bboy Kwikstep generating theater pieces, original poetry and NYC based dance related events. She directed a documentary highlighting the Bgirl lifestyle entitled "All The Ladies Say'' with support from the Ford foundation and she occasionally performs her original music based on her experiences growing up in Hip-hop's birthplace- the Bronx. She is hired internationally to judge Break dance competitions based on her mastery of the classic Hip-hop dance style and she teaches unique workshops aimed at evolving and preserving the urban aesthetics. She has worked within the NYC public school system exposing young students to the possibility of a career in dance and has worked with NJPAC's Saturday residency program and Summer Hip hop ArtsEd programs in Newark. Presently she is an adjunct professor at The New School and a DANCE NYC Annual Symposium planning committee member. In May of 2017 she launched Shiroka-- a Hip hop T shirt fashion line with Shiro a Japanese graffiti writer. She has been featured in pivotal Rap music videos, tours, film and commercials as well as choreographed for diverse festivals/ concerts such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Momma's Hip-hop Kitchen and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Rokafella is a multi faceted Hip-hop artist who references street and Latino culture as her foundation. www.larokasoul.com 

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