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Share in the join of dance with these free dance classes at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. 

May 1- Black Dance in Louisiana

with Greer Mendy

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Guardian of a Culture presents Louisiana’s traditional black dance genres as esteemed art. More importantly, the class teaches how these honored artistic practices were removed from their original intended purposes and instead developed as societal processes that were continued for the emotional and physical release for a people subjected to enslavement and racism. Louisiana’s black dance is placed as a continued essential element of the music-song-dance trilogy of African oral tradition, and as essential to the cultural fabric of Louisiana, not only as dance, but as identity, artistic, spiritual, social and political thought. The dance movements are traditional, sacred and secular. The movements are prescribed and unabashed improvisational, but above all, they express powerful social and historical commentary. Bounce, Eastern Rock, Second Line, Southern Dancing Dolls, Zydeco will be explored.

May 2- Shim Sham to the Motherland: African Dance Retention in African American Vernacular Jazz 

with Traci Bartlow and Latanya d. Tigner

7:00 - 9:00 PM

This class offers participants the opportunity to experience the retention of traditional African dance movement in vernacular jazz of the early 20th century and beyond.  Instructors Traci Bartlow and Latanya d. Tigner will share important historical information about the forms and dances learned in the class. 

May 15- Open Studios w/ Dimensions Dance Theater

8:00 - 9:30 PM

Choreographers Erik K. Raymond Lee and Latanya d. Tigner will show and discuss recent works Armed With Joy and Sanctuary, which explore the African American reality of trying to realize real joy and find true safety and freedom while under constant assault.