Guest Prof. Kemal Nance Teaches Master African Dance Class

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On Wednesday, February 15, Black Studies Professors Toni King (Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies) and Stafford Berry (Dance) teamed up to offer their students a master dance class taught by Professor Kemal Nance of The University of Illinois. Professor Kemal Nance visited Denison as a part of the Berry & Nance Dance Project, who offered a Dance concert on February 9th in conjunction with the Mark Lomax Trio. Their performance was inspired by the work of playwright August Wilson and drew from the performers’ own experiences as Black men living in modern America. Professor Kemal’s teaching style easily allowed the experienced dancers and those who had never participated in African dance to meld seamlessly and enjoy their experience. Prior to dancing together with other members of the Berry & Nance Dance Project, the students listened to Professor Kemal frame the cultural context of African Dance and share his knowledge of the cultural aesthetics of this art form.

Posted Date 
Thursday, March 23, 2017

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