A gentle embodiment practice incorporating Harmony Tai Chi, InfiniChi meditations, Self-Healing QiGong, Crane Style QiGong, Yang Style TaiChi, and Afro-diasporic dance.
Tend to body, heart and spirit and nurture your lifeforce energy as radical resistance to systems of violence. We will move in one of these modalities based on what attendees voice that they need each session.
It is not a mish-mash of forms, but rather a space where we determine the movement we do based on community choice.
*Accessibility note: ASL translation will be provided by Pro Bono ASL. Workshop proceeds will be shared with interpreters.
I have been studying and performing Afro-diasporic dance for eleven years. My first training was in Mandé dance of the Bamana people from present-day Mali, but I have also spent years practicing Yorùbá and Afro-Brazilian dance in Los Angeles, CA. I have studied Guinean, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Haitian dance in New York, NY; Durham, NC; Cambridge, MA; and Los Angeles, CA. My teachers have included Omowale and Francis Awe, Tania Melendez, Silfredo La O, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, Seydou Coulibaly, Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, Rachel Hernandez, Linda Yudin, Luiz Badaró, Samantha Blake Goodman, Vera Passos, Gisella Ferreira, Vida Vierra, Amen Santo, Ana Laidley and Jean Appolon.
I have taught and choreographed for Beneficent Congregational Church, Barrington Congregational Church, Providence Public Schools, Global Dance Arts, the Providence Parks and Recreation Department, Forest Grove United Church of Christ, Brown University Recreation, and the Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. I have performed with the New Works/World Traditions Dance Company, The Axé Collective, Swing Brazil Tribe, The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble, and Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil.
At Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I have completed Self-Healing QiGong, Harmony Tai Chi, InfiniChi levels 1, 2a and 2b, and am currently enrolled in Crane Style Qigong with Dr. Dao-Shing Ni and Meditations for Cancer Treatment and Prevention with the dean of the InfiniChi program at the College of Tao. My father taught me Yang Style Tai Chi as well.
Spring 2021 Programming selection committee: Jessica Hemingway, Joy Angela, Janine Lim, Serena Caffrey & Dorothy Dubrule