AFRO-CARIBBEAN & DIASPORA MASTER CLASS
with Brooklyn-Born and Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’ 2018
ALANNA MORRIS-VAN TASSEL
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 1:30-3:30 PM
FOR DANCERS AGES 9-17
- All levels welcome!
- Live drumming!
About the Class:
Through the study of traditional dance and music of the African Diaspora, we find an archival trace of the human story and discover the roots of much contemporary dance and music. Class begins with a flowing and energizing warm up. We identify foundational rhythmic keys and explore movement from the Caribbean and West Africa. Class ends with the ritual of the Cypher. Wear comfy clothing and be prepared to sweat and laugh! All are welcome!
About Alanna Morris-Van Tassel:
Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2018 Awardee, Alanna Morris Van-Tassel has spent 10 seasons with Minnesota-based dance company TU Dance (Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri sands, Co-Artistic Directors) and has worked professionally with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Andrea Miller, and Janis Brenner & Dancers. During her tenure at TU Dance Alanna danced featured roles by celebrated choreographers, Kyle Abraham, Gioconda Barbuto, Camille A. Brown, Ronald K. Brown, Greggory Dolbashian, Katrin Hall, Francesca Harper, Dwight Rhoden, and Uri Sands. In 2011, Morris-Van Tassel received a Minnesota SAGE Award for Outstanding Performer and is a recipient of the 2015 McKnight Dance Fellowship. In the summer of 2016, supported by The Jerome Foundation, she traveled to Trinidad to study Afro-Caribbean dance as a part of the New Waves! Festival in Port of Spain. In September 2017 Alanna was an Artist-In-Residence with Art On Purpose (Arima, Trinidad) where she commissioned a new solo dance by choreographer, Jamie Philbert and participated in a range of community engagement activities, including a Master Class and public showing of the works-inprogress. Alanna continues to actively engage community in the Twin Cities by producing her own work and collaborating with many arts and educational programs and individuals. She is currently developing a solo dance concert to premiere in Minneapolis in Spring 2018. Alanna holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. https://www. alannamvt.com/
Free for Brooklyn Ballet Conservatory Students
$20 - Brooklyn Ballet Students
$30 - Guest Participants