DANCE & VOCAL MUSIC 6th-12th Grade
with REGINALD BOWENS
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Age: 6th-12th Grade
Duration: 45 minutes
Frequency: 2 day per week
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. EST (Sept. 29 - Nov 17, 2020)
Size: 30 maximum
Materials provided? Yes. Students will need internet access, device for music playback, and an open space are required for this course. Students will receive journal, writing utensils and welcoming kit.
Description: Karamu Arts Academy’s Dance course trains in lyrical movement infusing jazz, ballet and modern dance to convey stories through movement.
2020 is the year we celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance. A year celebrating African American innovation and creativity. In this course artists will work on an acapella jazz, medley under vocal instruction.
Students will participate in both artistic disciplines and will be highlighted in both disciplines OR in the discpline they feel strongest.
Students who exhibit superb virtual attendance and dedication to the work will be invited to participate in a Short Film Culminating Production. Students who are local residents will receive a scheduled film day in November so that we can have a professional recording in costuming of the work the students build over the course of the session at Karamu House under social distancing restrictions.
You will receive orientation information upon sign up to ask questions and receive film details.
About the Intructor: REGINALD BOWENS, Vocal Instructor
Cleveland native Reginald Bowens’ gifted art has wrought him an exceptional background over the years, working with accomplished artists, such as Bobby McFerrin, and Smokie Robinson, to name a few. After completion of his undergraduate degree program at Howard University, he appeared on season three of NBC’s hit a cappella television show “The Sing-Off” as a contestant, arranger, and music director with Afro Blue. This experience led him to found his A Cappella Camp in 2013 (www.theacappellacamp.com), which appeared on Fox 8 News’ Kickin’ It With Kenny. Mr. Reggie is an accomplished arranger in the a cappella and jazz communities, and his arrangements and performances have brought him recognition in DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards over the years. He is an instructor of jazz voice at Cleveland State University, developing an inaugural course of study in the School of Music.
About the Intructor: DIJON KIRKLAND, dance instructor
Dijon Kirkland started dancing at 12 with her church dance ministry. Uponher pastor's wife's urging, her mom put her in ballet classes and she then went on to train in other styles. Dijon auditioned for Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Washington, DC) where she furthered her training. After graduation, Dijon went on to pursue a B. A. In Dance with a concentration in modern dance from Point Park University. Dijon has danced with the Cleveland Cavaliers and other notable companies.
Sep 29 - Nov 17th, 2020
Tue and Thu for 8 weeks from 4:00 - 4:45 pm
For more info, call us at (216) 795-7077