Caribbean Dance Workshops Planned for March 29 and April 12
Sydney Hutchinson, an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Music Histories in the College of Arts and Sciences, is teaming up with Wacheva Cultural Arts to host a pair of Caribbean dance workshops on Tuesday, March 29, and Tuesday, April 12. Both workshops, which are open to the public, will be held at Wacheva Cultural Arts, 117 Harvard Place, from 7:30-9 p.m.
On March 29, participants will learn Jamaican dancehall, one of the hemisphere’s most popular dances, from Telese Forbes, who has been performing Caribbean dance in New England for more than a decade. Currently, she teaches Jamaican dance at Worcester State College in Springfield, Mass. Forbes also dances and creates choreographies for the Island Extravaganza dance troupe, EnMotion Dance Theater and Caribbean American Dance Company. Forbes’ dance training runs from Jamaican traditional and contemporary forms to step, jazz and African.
The April 12 workshop will feature Candace Thompson, a professional dancer and fitness instructor based in New York City, who hails from Trinidad. She holds a B.F.A. from Adelphi University, where she received the Ruth St. Denis Award for Excellence. Thompson’s performing experience ranges from Afro-Caribbean to modern, jazz and West African. She currently performs and teaches with Elle NYTT Dance Company in New York and Trinidad. Thompson’s workshop will explore Trinidadian soca, a popular carnival dance.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for students and the Syracuse community to learn from these talented guest artists,” says Hutchinson. “Telese and Candace are two renowned dance performers, artists and educators, and I am thrilled to welcome them back to Syracuse.”
Pricing for the workshops is as follows:
- Students: $9 at the door, $7 in advance, or $12 for both workshops (if paid in advance)
- General public: $18 at the door, $15 in advance, or $25 for both workshops (if paid in advance)