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May 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT
What is Urban Jazz? Urban Jazz Dance is a convergence of artistic forces where raw energy, rooted in freedom, is expressed through the athletic body and uncontrollable passionate dance.
Class will start with a warm-up and will transition into learning choreography.
What to Expect: This class can be taken standing up or sitting down. Mr. Antoine Hunter, the instructor, usually switches between a seated and standing position during the class. This class blends Jazz, Afro-urban dance, and sometimes even ballet! There will be an ASL interpreter in the class who will be translating from ASL to English.
Agenda: Class starts with a warm up and movements are generally done at a slow tempo. Expect movements to extend your upper body outwards, reaching out from the center of your body. There will also be portions of the class where attendees are “set free” to move in their own way and to their own internal beat.
Throughout the class, Antoine Hunter will encourage you to find your own voice while doing the choreography. He likes to remind us that he is there to just guide you through different movements, energies and give you ideas for how to express them. However, the class is focused on your self-expression and creativity, so if you are looking for an explorative, meditative and rhythmic experience, this class is for you.
Expect to learn some ASL, connect with yourself and with others through creative movement.
Groovy, feel-good, easy going, slow class pace.
Instructor: Antoine Hunter
A Bay Area native, Purple Fire Crow, also Known as Mr. Antoine Hunter, is an award-winning African, Indigenous, Deaf, Disabled, Two Spirit producer, choreographer, film/theater actor, dancer, dance instructor, model, poet, speaker, mentor and Deaf advocate. Mr Hunter received his training in dance and acting at Skyline High School in Oakland, Ca; California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and Paul Taylor Dance School in NYC. Hunter has his own company — Urban Jazz Dance Company — and has performed with Savage Jazz Dance Company, Nuba Dance Theater, Alayo Dance Company, Robert Moses’ KIN, Man Dance, Sins Invalid, Amara Tabor-Smith, Kim Epifano, Push Dance Company, Fly Away Productions, Joanna Haigood, OET theater, and the Lorraine Hansberry Theater.
Hunter is a faculty member at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, Shawl-Anderson, Youth in Arts, and Dance-A-Vision.He is the founder of Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival and has appeared in many dance teacher magazines.
This is a Dance for All Bodies class; registration is through the link below.