Tuesday, April 29, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Afro-Cuban class with guest teacher Rosamaria Roberts

Announcing a special Afro-Cuban class with guest teacher Rosamaria Roberts at the  Dance Complex this Sunday May 4th from 12 noon to 1:30, $12. Pass the word!

Rosamaria Roberts, Dancer, Choreographer and Educator, hails from New York with Puerto Rican and Cuban roots.  Since the age of 5, she has been moved by the spirit of dance.  Winner of the 1997 Ethnic Dance Award for her commitment to teaching and peforming African diasporic dance and its history to youth and adults in the U.S. and the Caribbean, Rosamaria is an interpreter of traditional and folkloric Cuban, Haitian, Puerto Rican, Congolese and Brazilian dance forms. Rosamaria has taught at a variety of venues in the Caribbean and the United States including Yale University, Mount Holyoke College, Howard University and Connecticut Colege; and in urban high schools as a resident teaching artist through Arts Connection and Working Playground.  She has danced with Richard Gonazalez and Ochumare and performed as a guest artist with M'Bewe Escobar, Cinque Folkloric Dance Theater and Maimouna Keita Co. She has also choreographed works for Retumba, and was an ensemble member for over ten years. Rosamaria directed Echoes of Brown (2004), a multi-genre performance project marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, directed and choreographed Sweet Freedom for El Puente Academy of Peace and Justice, and choreographed for Common Green/Common Ground, a collaborative performance created by community gardeners, Bronx River advocates, and NYU Drama and dramatic writing students. In 2006, Rosamaria co-directed Cultural Traditions Dance Program at the Jacob's Pillow School which focused on  Afro-Dominican, Afro-Cuban, and Afro-Puerto Rican folkloric dance.  She holds a Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology and is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at Connecticut College.

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