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The Era Footwork Crew: Dance Workshop/Lab Session and Conversation

Performing Arts Series
Online
Thursday, Sep 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM (ET)

FREE! RSVP required for access to virtual event.

"The Era has taken footwork back for Chicago."
--Chicago Tribune

Pioneers of the battle dance known as Chicago footwork since 2014, The Era Footwork Crew will teach the basics of the style to dancers of all backgrounds and experience levels. This virtual lab session includes introductions to the cultural history and meaning of the style with a focus on improvisation and teaching students to use the basics to find their own style within the form. The workshop will be taught by Sterling “Steelo” Lofton, Jemal “P-Top” De La Cruz, and Diamond “Queen Diamond” Hardiman.

The dance workshop will be followed by a conversation with Hartford-based street dance collective 860MVMNT directed by Jolet “Flo Jo” Creary, an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, exploring differences in regional styles of dance and how a community’s culture gives rise to dance forms. Other panel participants from 860MVMNT will include Peter “P-Boogie” Reynolds and Tyler “Partypat” Brown.

The panel will be moderated by Deborah Goffe MA '19, Director of Scapegoat Garden and Assistant Professor of Dance at Hampshire College.

860MVMNT is the fall Dance Artist in Residence at the University of Saint Joseph, where they are developing a work in response to COVID-19/Black Lives Matter which will premiere in December 2020 at the Autorino Center for the Arts in West Hartford.

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