Come and learn the basic foundation of West African movement to rhythmic drums full of high energy. The class will introduce you to percussive rhythms, synchronization, and emphasis on how the body moves as opposed to how it looks and emphasis on individual expression.
Location: Studio 2 Price: $15.00 $10.00 dance umbrella student
Reequal Smith is the Founder and Artistic Director of Oshun Dance Studios. A dance artist originally from the Bahamas, now based in Charlottetown, Reequal is currently continuing her dancing career as an independent artist, choreographer and educator in Charlottetown. Reequal also takes part in local festivals, events, collaborations, and Recreational Arts in the schools locally and regionally such as: Arts Smarts Project, Diversecity Festival, River Clyde Pageant, Kings Playhouse, Stratford Fall Festival, Social Distancing Festival and projects based in Halifax. In addition, Reequal loves to be a part of the community and arts industry and she is currently on the board of The Fringe Festival in PEI and Fusion of Charlottetown. She continues to express her art by workshopping and training with artists fusing cultural patterns together as one.
Mark Carr-Rollitt is an experienced, ECMA-nominated percussionist. He has played with many Island musicians in different bands including The Count and the Cuban Cocktail, I and the Village, The Knot, and is currently a percussionist with the Cuban trio, Montuno Cubano and accompanist for Tiffany Liu. Mark has studied Flamenco, African, Balkan, and more recently, Afro-Cuban rhythms in Ontario and PEI. He has provided rhythmic accompaniment for dancers on numerous occasions and always enjoys connecting with performers and learning new rhythms.
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What are Relaxed Performances?
Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.
These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.