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Feel the Axe Choreographs to Fatu’s Music

About a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to teach a Youth Tribe Choreography/Performance class. I knew I was onto something, because my Youth Tribe Training class has some really inspirational dancers in it, and I really wanted the chance to work with them and other, more serious dancers on a deeper level. The Youth Tribe is like a mini-Sol Vida Dance Ensemble as evidenced by Fridays class at 5:30. So far, we only have two students, but these two managed to work in a delightfully, incredible way. We began with a Reggae music warm up, and proceeded to explore the world of Contact Improvisation, we worked with the concept of creating choreography without music–accapella style. Wow! After creating the choreography, I had the girls try it to three different styles of music–dubstep, electronica dance, and African drumming. Ironically enough, the piece which has the ability to go with almost anything, really came out when they did it with Fatu, Lady Drummer‘s African drumming, it was the essence of Fusion dance, as I love it. They played with speed, and worked on creating their own changes to make the choreography fluid–and they did an amazing job, and left class saying “that was so awesome,” making me believe that I may have landed upon one of my dream youth classes of all time.

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Mirai Daiko in Concert August 7, 2010

Mirai Daiko, Denver’s Premier Women’s Taiko Drumming ensemble is in concert August 7, at the Curious Theater just off the Arts Mall in Downtown Denver.  This will be an exciting performance of traditional and original Taiko drumming by a phenomenal gorup of women artists. 

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Finale: Linda Thomas Jones

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Grandmother's of the Drum
Young Linda

Young Linda

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Grandmothers of the Drum: Linda Thomas Jones part II

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Grandmother's of the Drum

Just before I left college Katherine Dunham came to Cleveland to do some master classes and she brought a drummer with her.  The drummer’s name was Mor Thaim and he was playing a djembe drum. I had never heard or seen a drum like that before.  The sound of the drum made my head swim.  During the 60’s I was the only African American in my college dance class and had never seen live African dance. However, when I danced to the sound of the djembe it was as if I had finally found my true self.  Just before Ms. Dunham left, she called me to her and whispered in my ear the following words.  These are the sounds and movements of your ancestors. I was never the same again.

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Grandmother’s of the Drum: Linda Thomas Jones

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Grandmother's of the Drum

“Drumming is a healing art and the world needs healing. ”
Linda Thomas Jones

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