In-Studio Presentation are held at the conclusion of a Workshop Series residency. This event presents work by our feature guest instructor on the same program with other artists. These presentations serve as a performance enhancement and artists are encouraged to use this presentation opportunity as an outlet for presenting works in progress. Presentations are held at the same location where workshops take place and offer an extra opportunity for the instructors, performers and audience to interact. This event exposes a variety of art disciplines from both emerging and professional artists throughout the year.
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M'bemba Bangoura has traveled throughout the world as a performer and teacher of African drum and dance and is revered worldwide for his high level of mastery. As a native of Guinea, West Africa, M'Bemba began drumming at a very young age. By the age of 21, he was acclaimed as an accomplished drummer and was invited to play for Ballet Djoliba, the National Ensemble of Guinea, which he played in for 13 years. Since moving to the US in 1992, M'Bemba has been an integral part of many drum and dance conferences and workshops nationwide, as well as teaching and performing internationally in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. M'bemba has released 3 CDs, and two DVDs. He has taught hundreds of students, many of who are now teachers themselves. In addition, he has personally created choreography and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies in New York City and abroad. M'Bemba is one of the foremost ambassadors for Guinean drum and dance.
Hailed as embodying artistic diversity in technique, form and presentation, KasheDance echoes in a new genealogy of Afro- contemporary dance steeped in modern dance, ballet and rooted in dances of the Diaspora. Celebrating its 5th Anniversary, KasheDance is rooted in a technical style grounded in human expressions, poly-rhythms, and technical virtuosity. The company has performed at the Canada Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Fleck Dance Theatre, Jamaica Dance Umbrella among other venues to critical acclaim. Execution, form, content, choreographic exploration and personal artistic expression are key tenants in the works of KasheDance. Their most recent work FACING Home: Love and Redemption was name Top 10 performance in Madison Wisconsin and has toured to New York City as part of the Caribbean Dance Collective’s “New Traditions Festival”
Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist, arts educator, director, producer and creative consultant, who grew up in Nova Scotia. She is the 2013 recipient of the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment. Woods’ sang for 12 and a ½ years with Nova Scotia Acapella Sensation Four The Moment who had the honour of opening up for Dr. Maya Angelou on two separate occasions. She’s been on CBC’s Metro Morning, a poet in When Sisters Speak and she was the international headliner at the Rapso Festival in Trinidad. She produced/directed Afro Celtic Jam and WORD UP!!! (Bring on the Love), Black Like She and Scotian Groove for Harbourfront Centre. She was the MC for The Nova Scotia Mass Choir Martin Luther King Event and was the Poetic MC/Narrator for Dance Immersion’s National Dance Showcase “Tribute”. Amani has two spoken word CDs, Amani the Words, the Rhythm, the Music and Poetree Huggin. Her new play She Said/He Said had its world premiere in Montreal, was just in the STAGES Theatre Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia and will have its Toronto Premiere produced by Imani Enterprises September 14 – 18 at Native Earth Aki Studio. Fresh off the stage from the Harbourfront Shield to Shore Festival where she Produced and Performed in Scotian Groove and Word Up Eastern Corridor and where she was a Host and MC for the Concert Stage - she is glad to once again lend her voice to Dance Immersion's Annual Dance Showcase. http://www.imaniartsbiz.com/
EDIFY: Elite Dance Initiative for Youth
EDIFY: Elite Dance Initiative for Youth is a new dance program geared to train dancers who are serious about the performing arts. The performance team includes dancers’ ages of 13years and up. The students work with various professional dance artists who not only facilitate classes but who dance with the students during major performances. This bridge of bringing serious teens together with working professionals allows the continuity of dance arts to be magnified for the future of dance and the students who want to work as dance professionals later on. EDIFY is an interpretive dance group with its main focus on a creative fusion of various dance styles. Under the creative direction of Stacy-Ann Vassell, the group works in disciplines such as jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, lyrical and Afro-Caribbean dance styles. Mime is also used as an interpretive dramatic form.