KUKUSANYA

KUKUSANYA: International Africanist Dance Intensive

Bare Bones

Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 2024

Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Eagleson Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405

KUKUSANYA: International Africanist Dance Intensive exposes participants to dance from the perspectives of African American culture and the broader African Diaspora through master classes, panel discussions, and performances.

Previously known as the African American Dance Company (AADC) Annual Dance Workshop, the AADC and Director Baba Stafford C. Berry, Jr. proudly present KUKUSANYA as the 26th anniversary event offered to the IU and greater Bloomington and surrounding communities.

People of all backgrounds and levels (ages 12+) are invited to participate in KUKUSANYA dance and drum masterclasses.

To register for classes, click on the "Register Now" button below. You may also visit the On-Site Registration table located in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge.   "Register Now"  

Meet the Artists

Beatrice Capote

Afro-Cuban

Dr. C. Kemal Nance

Umfundalai 

Baba McDaniel Roberts

West African

Joyce Lindsay

Drumming

Professor Iris Rosa

Iris Rosa Dance Studio

Andre Rosa Artis

Pan Afrikan Drum & Dance Ensemble

KUKUSANYA Schedule

Friday, March 1, 2024

Artist Panel Discussion
"Bare Bones” Moderated by Baba Stafford & Professor Iris Rosa
Time: 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public

West African Bantaba with Baba Stafford & Guest Artists
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
Admission: Participants must register and pay


Saturday, March 2, 2024

Note: Multiple classes are offered during each time slot. Registration and payment is required to participate in classes. All classes are held in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Eagleson Avenue.

9:00–10:15 a.m.

  • West African with Baba McDaniel Roberts
  • Umfundalai with Dr. C. Kemal Nance
  • Afro-Cuban with Beatrice Capote

10:30–11:45 a.m.

  • West African with Baba McDaniel
  • Umfundalai with Dr. C. Kemal Nance
  • Drumming with Joyce Lindsay

12:00–1:15 p.m. Luncheon

1:30–3:30 p.m.

Note: Participants must be available and agree to perform in the informal Dance Showcase at 6–7:30 p.m. in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall. The 1:30–3:30 p.m. classes are focused on choreography and preparation for informal performance.

  • West African with Baba McDaniel Roberts
  • Umfundalai with Dr. C. Kemal Nance
  • Afro-Cuban with Beatrice Capote

26th Annual Dance Showcase
Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m. 
Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
Admission: Free and open to the public

To register for classes, click on the "Register Now" button below. You may also visit the On-Site Registration table located in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge.

Registration & Fees

To register for classes, click on the "Register Now button below. You may also visit the On-Site Registration table located in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge.

All participants must register and pay for masterclasses.

"Register Now"

Events free and open to the public include: Artist Panel Discussion (March 1, 2p p.m. –3:30 p.m.) and 26th Annual Dance Showcase (March 2, 6–7:30 p.m.)

Class Participation Fees

  • Full Registration (Friday Bantaba + 3 Saturday Classes) — $100
  • All Saturday Classes (3 Classes) — $70
  • Friday Opening Masterclass / Bantaba — $30
  • Saturday Single Class — $25

 

Order your KUKUSANYA Shirt!

We're excited to share our 25th Annual KUKUSANYA t-shirt design with you. You can pre-order shirts and/or Kukusanya totes on the registration form. LIMITED SUPPLY!

Contact

We’d love to hear from you!

With questions about the KUKUSANYA Intensive, please email aadcdw@indiana.edu

With questions regarding scholarships and Scholarship Student participation, please email kukusanyascholarship@gmail.com

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