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University of St. Joseph’s

Tuesday, September 29, 5 p.m.

860 MVMNT formed in 2017 as a celebration of the underground dance community and the next generation of hip-hop dancers from the Hartford region. 860 MVMNT displays the raw, intense energy of hip hop through choreography, improvisation and a unique approach to storytelling.

Join the Autorino Center Director Steven Raider Ginsburg and USJ Dance Faculty Susan Murphy in conversation with 860 MVMNT Founder and Artistic Director, Jolet Creary. We will discuss 860 MVMNT’s work including their newest piece, "HUMAN BE-IN," a work-in-progress COVID/BLM response piece.

Jolet "Flo Jo" Creary is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She has been involved in the Hartford hip hop dance community for over 15 years. In 2012, Jolet started Studio 860 in Hartford as a creative space for hip hop dance training, networking, and underground street dance battles.

Yale University

Tuesday, October 13, 5 p.m.

Woman dancing
Yale Schwarzman Center
A Tap Community Class with Dormeshia

DORMESHIA (Choreographer/Performer/Artistic Director) is a two-time Bessie Award (as performer and choreographer), Princess Grace Award Statue Award, and Astaire Award recipient. Her Broadway credits include: After Midnight, Black and Blue, and Bring In Da’ Noise, Bring In Da’ Funk including the international tour (dance captain, principal, lead). Her film credits include, TAP with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (Assistant Choreographer/actress), and The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang, for which she received a nomination for Best Lead Actress. Some of Dormeshia’s choreography credits, Michael Jackson’s Rock Your World, and The Blues Project (co-choreographer). Dormeshia continues her artistic journey with the first full-length work twice named to New York Times Best of Dance, And Still You Must Swing: a celebration of Tap dance, Jazz music, the connection between the two, and their African roots.

Gabrielle Niederhoffer is a junior at Yale University majoring in American Studies. She is a dancer and choreographs for musicals, operas, and dance groups across campus. Originally from New York City, Gabrielle attended the Dalton School. As a dancer, Gabrielle is mentored by Caleb Teicher and is an alumna of the School at Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program, directed by Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia. With the support of the Yale Schwarzman

Wesleyan University

Tuesday, November 24, 5 p.m.

Dancing During Pandemic

This dance class will combine a mindful-movement warm-up, creative exploration, a full bodied energetic movement phrase, group-movement-listening, and a breath and focus-oriented mediative ending.

During any major social transformation or crisis, like this pandemic, movement practice is essential. Our world and our rules of engagement are changing before our eyes. Creative physical movement is integral to our physical and psycho-social well-being, and through it we learn how to navigate our world. On a basic level, we dance to energize our muscles, to stimulate circulation of blood, breath, oxygen. But, equally important, we also need to move in ways that help us adjust physically, and make sense of our circumstances--to orient ourselves to our new environment. We dance to feel joy, and sometimes we dance to simply feel. This is the overarching purpose of this course: to collectively find new ways of being, understanding, moving, and creating our new world.

Hartt School

Tuesday, December 1, 5 p.m.

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