Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sinte (Guinea, West Africa) dance tutorial

    People are shy when it comes to African Dance.  It's the fear of the unknown, but no worries dark-corner-dancers, you can try these simple dance moves in the broad daylight of your living room.  As you will see and enjoy, there are two, young, wiggly assistants dancing right along.  If they can, YOU CAN TOO.
    I encourage you to have fun with this tutorial and let me know how confident you felt afterward.  My teaching skills are exercised several times a week with my dance troupe, Atumpan African Dance so I really did attempt to talk you through as though I'm teaching in Norfolk, VA.

    If you had fun and you are in our area, come JOIN US in class.  The first class is FREE, so you can't go wrong with a trial.  Classes are affordable with an $85 yearly membership that allows you to pay once and play a lot.  All ages dance together, so the parents can even dance with the children rather than trade off waiting for each other's fun to move along.  Performances opportunities are numerous and totally optional.    Subscribe to this blog to always receive updates on auditions, performances, and more.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Perform with Atumpan (Yes, YOU)

Come one
Come all
Join the great performance ball! 
     Ball of fun, that is.  You guessed it, friends, fans, and foes:  Performance Camp with Atumpan is open to the talented first few to brave the stage with the limitless onstage fun that Atumpan is renowned for.  School-age and young adult campers will attend a 3-day camp from 10am-3:00pm where they learn an original show, create props and costumes, and learn several genres of dance to perform a theatrical presentation at the historic Attucks Theatre.  The author of the "3 Blind Mice Onsite" production is Hampton Roads' favorite, Corey the Talented Blind Guy.  As his wife, I manage all logistics, creativity and otherwise, but we haven't come up with a catchy name for me yet. Camp instructors and volunteers will guide the campers through a fantastic frenzy of creativity from Wednesday through Friday, April 16-18, so that the masses can appreciate the onstage talents  Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, at 11:00am.  JOIN US.  Really, sign up to be onstage with us.
      Okay I get it, you are a little nervous about performing with some of the best creative minds without an absolute guarantee that you can perform again with us soon thereafter.  Have no fear, The Arts are Wild, performance opportunity is here! If you didn't read that last line in your Super Hero announcer voice, please reread in the appropriate fashion.  You must understand that the host of this event, Young Audiences of Virginia, is one of our favorite Arts in Education supporters and this event is BIG as it supports art, literacy, and animals so it just don't get no better. [yes, that's intentional incorrect grammar for effect]  On Saturday, May 3, 2014, Atumpan performs several times at the Norfolk Zoo and you can perform with us.  Just watch the calendar for rehearsal dates once you've committed to performing.  A tribute to Nelson Mandela is even part of our (your) performance, WOW.