F104 | African Rooted Dance | Noel Staples-Freeman

Fridays -
11:30 a.m - 1:00 p.m. | Four Sessions -
8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
In-person at Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield
Limit: 30

Techniques: The course will provide a foundation for understanding and performing African rooted dance styles. It's an excellent way for participants to get acquainted with the basics. 

Fundamental Movements: Students will learn the core movements that underlie African dance. These fundamental movements are essential for building a strong foundation in this art form. 

Drummer and Dancer Communication: African dance often involves a close connection between drummers and dancers. Understanding the dynamics and communication between the two is a vital aspect of this course. 

Inclusivity: The course is designed to cater to individuals of all skill levels. Whether someone is a complete beginner or already has experience in dance, they can participate and benefit from this course. 

Cultural Enrichment: Through this course, participants will have the opportunity to explore and experience the rich heritage of African dance. This not only enhances their dance skills but also fosters a deeper appreciation for the cultural significance of these dance styles. 

This course aims to provide a comprehensive and enjoyable experience for those who are ready to embark on a new cultural journey in 2024. I will teach you with enthusiasm and a welcoming spirit, making it an inviting opportunity for anyone interested in learning and celebrating African Rooted Dance.

Members of past classes are welcome to return. Please note that dances in this session will be a bit more vigorous!

Noel Staples Freeman is a resident of Pittsfield, MA. She was raised in Dorchester, MA. She is a 1987 graduate of Emerson College holding a B.S. in Children's Theatre/Performing Arts and Dance. Sis.Noel has been teaching and performing in the community and abroad for over 40 years in the Boston and Lowell Public Schools. She also served as an advocate and liaison for students and parents in alternative middle school settings in Dorchester in the 90s. Sis. Noel's formal training started at age 11 at The Billie Pope School of Dance in Roxbury followed by The Boston Conservatory of Music, The Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, The Art of Black Dance and Music and Koumpo West African Dance Company. In 2022 Sis. Noel served as a community panelist for the webinar From Racism to Covid-19: Black Women in Community for the Ongoing Public Health Crises Program at Harvard Medical School. For the webinar, she represented Common Good Co-operative, an urban farm in Dorchester, founded by Kafi Dixon. Sis. Noel graduated in 2023 from the Community Health Workers Engaging in Integrated Care (COHERE) program at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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