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November 7, 2015 - NJPAC - Newark, NJ
Wofabe African Dance and Drum Festival
Umoja Dancers: Karen Love, Wilson Mendieta

UMOJA DANCE COMPANY presents a wide variety of programs geared towards all age groups. The company is prepared to work with the sponsoring organization to design a program specifically to benefit the intended audience. Please keep in mind that UMOJA is a Modern and African Dance Company so please specify which dance form you are requesting. If an African dance is requested, 2-3 musicians must accompany those pieces.

Company repertory is a construction and, or fusion of abstract modern and African dance. The movement is innovative, provocative yet forceful and is created from a deep spiritual internal and visceral realm.
Time: 13 hours

Programs are geared towards general audiences as well as children. Programs incorporate audience participation and are ideally suited for school assemblies, outdoor festivals and large and small group gatherings. The demonstration includes a discussion of the inspiration of the artist, how that inspiration was translated into movement and the significance of the choreography, concluding with a question answer session with the audience and company.
Time: 30-50 min

Interested participants will experience the process of creating movement for oneself or a group of dancers. Participants explore the various methods of choreographing that the Artistic Director uses to create movement. Participants will be given the opportunity to present their work and share their choreographic process.
Time: 2 hrs

Movement programs for senior citizens, academic instructors, and other special groups  can be arranged.
Time: 60-90 min


Master classes can be conducted singly or in a series. A series would consist of a combination of classes listed below. Previous dance training is encouraged but not necessary. Classes incorporate phrases of movement which are used to further illustrate the style and technique developed by the Artistic Director.
Time: 90 min-2 hrs

Modern Jazz Audition Techniques
West African Dance Ballet Resume/Vitae Writing
African Drumming Pilates Dance History
Improvisation Nutrition for Dancers Lighting for Dance
Composition Anatomy for Dancers  
Partnering Yoga & Stretch  

Combine any of the above services plus community outreach programs. The length of a residency is determined by the Artistic Director and the sponsoring organization. Performances can be presented at the end of the residency.

Audiences are invited to watch the company during an open rehearsal, usually the day before or the day of a performance.

A pre- or post-performance talk with the Artistic Director and the company can be arranged.

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