Dance Conference Engages Whole Community This spring, the Kendall Campus Dance program and Jubilation Dance Ensemble focused their annual Artistry in Rhythm (A.I.R.) Dance Conference on a celebration of the many influences shaping South Florida’s rich cultural heritage. In its program “Anchored in Strength and Diversity: Forging Destinies,” the A.I.R. Dance Conference served as a movement symposium exploring the significance of community engagement through the vernacular of dance. It encouraged community development and enhanced the academic environment by hosting master dance classes, panel discussions, presentations and performances open to college students, the community and also young dancers from local middle and high schools. The star lineup included guest artists such as Louines Louinis, artistic director of the Louines Louinis Haitian Dance Theatre and former member of the Katherine Dunham Dance Ensemble; Tara Chadwick, of the Meso American Danza Learning Cycle and Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society; Monique Newton, Umfundali master teacher; Augusto Soledade, artistic director of Brazz Dance Theatre; Marisol Blanco, Afro-Cuban dance master teacher with the Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Project; teacher and choreographer Loren Davidson; Brittany Williams of Obika Dance; and dancers Denzel Williams and Bianca Robinson. This year’s conference included contemporary ballet, CaribFunk, jazz, hip-hop and swing, along with workshops on acting, music, yoga and Pilates. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-237-2638. Kendall Campus recently held the Artistry in Rhythm (A.I.R.) Dance Conference.
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