Saturday, May 03, 2008

[Wadabo_updates] Afro-Cuban class tomorrow will be taught by Lizz Cannon

Afro-Cuban class tomorrow will be taught by Lizz Cannon.
Rosemarie Roberts is ill.

She will be teaching on Sunday the 11th of May instead from 12:00 to 1:30.
Please 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. Her dance and
teaching celebrates the historical, cultural and spiritual richness of
Bantu, Congo, Dahomey and Yoruba peoples found throughout the Caribbean
and African Diaspora. Rosamaria has taught workshops to people of all
ages and performed to diverse audiences at a variety of venues in the
Caribbean and the United States including holistic centers such as
Esalen Institute, Omega Institute and Kripalu Center; institutes of
higher education, 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 Educationn, 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 foikloric 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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