Alisha Ross picked up her first drum in 2003 while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Ross's interest in drumming and rhythm led to her joining the Berklee West African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Ross then continued to cultivate her passion by traveling to Ghana, West Africa to learn more about the culture that surrounds rhythm. Ross further dedicated herself to her passion by enrolling at Tufts University, where she received her Masters of Arts degree in Ethnomusicology, which is the study of the music of different cultures. Ross performed with the Tufts Kiniwe African Drum and Dance Ensemble while attending classes at the university.
Ross founded Just Add Rhythm in 2012. For the past five years the organization has utilized the power of music and movement to help others discover their inner selves. Just Add Rhythm focuses on three main types of interactive rhythm experiences: team building (companies and organizations), educational (K-12th), and community (specific populations or groups).
I Want to Co-Create Powerful, Entertaining Work- 10 Questions with Director and Choreographer Roxanna Lewis
Originally from Washington, DC, Roxanna Lewis was born into a family of writers, visual artists, and civil rights and political activists. Early exposure to the arts led to Lewis living a fully immersed artistic life. With a high level of enthusiasm and curiosity, Lewis explored many creative endeavors including working as a professional dancer, choreographer, actor, director, producer, and writer.
In 1999, an original production Lewis choreographed titled Dreambody debuted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The production was highly praised and considered groundbreaking as it expanded the boundaries of dancing using dancers both with and without disabilities, triumphing over stereotypes and limitations. Dreambody featured dancer Kitty Lunn, who performed out of her wheelchair for two-thirds of the production and her wheelchair wasn't revealed to the audience until the third section of the piece. Lunn's wheelchair then added a dynamic quality to the performance. At times the wheelchair served as a fourth dancer, while at other times, the wheelchair become a focal point as all the dancers performed on and around it. The original score for Dreambody was composed by Glen Velez, a four time Grammy winner, and the production toured the US and Italy.
CSGP Orientation, Thursday, June 8, 2017, 9-11am, 300 Water Street, Suite 201
On-sites, Thursday, June 29, 2017, 9-11am, 300 Water Street, Suite 201
Application evaluation, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 9-11am, 300 Water Street, Suite 201
Hearings, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 9-11am, 300 Water Street, Suite 201
Hearings, Tuesday, October 3-4, 2017, 9am-5pm, 300 Water Street, Davis Gallery
CSGP Appreciation Mixer, Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:30-6pm, 300 Water Street, Suite 201
10 Questions with Christa "Fatoumata" Sylla, Director and Founder of Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble
For more than a decade Christa "Fatoumata" Sylla has shared her passion for cultural dance with Jacksonville, Florida. Sylla serves as the Director of Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble, an organization that she originally founded in 2003 as Culture Moves 101. The troupe made their debut performance at the World of Nations Celebration in 2005, an annual event that is occurring this weekend in Jacksonville (Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5).
Sylla has also worked as an instructor and choreographer, collaborating with arts and humanities non-profit organizations, including Jacksonville Centre of the Arts and Cathedral Arts Project. Through her career in the arts, Sylla has studied under and performed with several performance companies, including Lajo Theatre of African and Caribbean Dance and the Nia Dance Ensemble. Sylla has also taught master classes on dance at Lavilla School of the Arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ).
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