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Monday May 16, 2022 at 3:00pm ET
Join our esteemed panelists as they discuss the plurality of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American identities, traditional cultural dance practices, and balancing between struggles and finding joy!
Meet the Presenters:
Kumu Hula Kawika Keikiali'ihiwahiwa Alfiche has been teaching hula and Hawaiian cultural arts for 29 years. Kawika is the Kumu Hula (Master teacher) for Hālau o Keikiali'i, and Director for the Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center in South San Francisco & Napa. With a mission to preserve and perpetuate all things Hawaiian, Kawika spends his life learning, teaching and sharing his culture through the hula and cultural arts and teaches throughout the Globe.
Kawika has had impeccable training from his Kumu. His first Kumu Hula was Tiare Maka-Olanolan Clifford of Hanalei, Kaua`i. After her passing in 1992, Kumu Kawika became haumana of Kumu Hula Harriet Kahalepoli Keahilihau-Spalding of Keaukaha, Hawai`i who had Kawika open Hālau in 1994. Aunty Harriet’s kumu was her grandmother, Mary Ahi`eha Kekuewa, who was affectionately known as Mama Fuji’i. In 1996, Aunty Harriet had Kawika fall under Kumu Hula Rae Kahikilaulani Fonseca of Hilo, Hawai`i who is an `uniki (formal graduate) of Uncle George Lanakilakekiahiali`i Na`ope, hula master and treasure of Hawai’i. In March 2007, Kumu Kāwika was one of six to be a part of Kumu Rae’s first and only `uniki.
Kumu Kawika is also a composer and recording artist with 4 cd’s, Nālei (2005), Kale`a (2011), Nā Mele Kahiko (2013), White Ships (2015) and 5 dvd’s Nānā I Ke Kumu (2010), Hula Pahu (2012) and Ho`okupu (2014), Hilo Hanakahi (2016) and Mohala (2020). Currently he is in the studio recording a 5th cd due in 2022.
Hālau o Keikiali'i is a Hawaiian Cultural & Dance Group based in South San Francisco. Since 1994, our goal has been to educate the general public about the Hawaiian Culture, its traditional customs, values and protocols. Besides having regularly scheduled classes, we strive to help perpetuate the rich culture of the Hawaiian people through presentations to the general public throughout the year, including educational workshops, performances and other cultural events. Our primary focus is on cultural traditions, including hula kahiko (ancient dance), hula `auana (modern dance), oli (chant), mele (traditional songs), himeni (modern songs), nā mea hula (arts, crafts, implements), lole hula (hula attire), 'ōlelo (language), and mo'olelo (stories).
The hālau is comprised of both men and women, young and old, ranging from 5 to 85 years of age and presents theatre productions highlighting hula in its many aspects. Following tradition, we share what we learn with different communities so that others too can benefit from a better understanding and appreciation of Hawaiian culture. It is within the stories told in the mele, and its morals and values, that people can truly be enriched in their personal lives. We hope to reach people far and wide, touching everyone who may or may not be exposed to the Hawaiian culture and share with them in this spirit.
Kaululehua Hawaiian Cultural Center opened its doors in 2003 with the goal of offering different classes, workshops, performances and events that appeal to all wanting to learn about the different aspects of Hawaiian Culture. Some of the Kaululehua Cultural Centers on-going events include: Annual Lu`au, Hawaiian Film Festival, Art & Craft Gallery Show, Kaliko Keiki Camp, Hula Gatherings, Land Cultivation, Ukulele Classes, Hula Classes, Lectures, Demonstrations, and more.
Through the support of the community, the Resource Center & Library was completed in late 2006. The library houses collected books, tapes, recordings, articles, Hawaiian language resources, culture, history, local foods, native arts & crafts, just to name a few. April of 2021 the Kaululehua Center officially expanded with 2 acres of land, dance, music and retreat center in the Napa Valley.
Sumana Sen Mandala is a Bharata Nrityam artist and educator. She has performed, taught, and conducted workshops extensively in India, the US and Japan, in community, K-12 and higher education environments. Over 20 years of practice, Sumana has shifted towards more collaborative, interactive and non-traditional spaces, focusing further on civic engagement and awareness. Her MFA research interrogated the meaning of tradition in Indian dance and its value in her students’ contemporary contexts in the US. Working at the intersection of Bharata-Nrityam technique, somatic principles, and creative tools in engaged pedagogy, Sumana’s work is her message: in EMBRACE, that observation and response are the foundation of meaningful change; in Kriti, that different perspectives help us make greater meaning; and in LVHD, that each of us has a voice, but also the power to listen. She developed the Collaborative Action Dance Project as a way to make Indian dance accessible beyond the diaspora, while engaging participants in a process that integrates dance/movement into various subjects of interest and individual lived experiences. Sumana is Director of Dansense-Nrtyabodha (http://www.dansense.org/), a non-profit promoting Indian dance arts and artistic collaborations in the community.
Kori Wakamatsu is an Associate Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University. Before entering higher education, she taught junior high and high school in the Utah public school system. She has had many opportunities to work on collaborative projects such as the Thought of You animation with Ryan Woodward, The Nightingale play with Julia Ashworth, ON SITE mobile dance series with Kate Monson, and Theatre Engine/Dance Engine with Alison Dobbins and Michael Kraczek. She has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, Arts Education Policy Review, and contributed to Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education: Case Studies in Humanizing Dance Pedagogy.
Waeli Wang (she/they) is a movement artist, filmmaker, and educator. They create interdisciplinary contemporary works interweaving personal, familial, social, and artistic contexts to investigate the human condition for the concert stage, cinematic screen, and alternative spaces. Their research explores the overlap between critical dancemaking and identity to transform and challenge unjust social relations while filling in the gaps of our collective memory. She is driven to make work that fuses movement/imagery, figurative/abstract, and the poetic personal. Wang has toured internationally as a guest artist performing and teaching master classes in aerial dance forms and their collaborative interdisciplinary choreography and films have shown in internationally curated performances and screenings over the last decade. Cultivating community, experiential learning, and a dedication to justice are central to her art-making practice and teaching philosophy.
Wang holds an MFA degree in Dance from the University of California, Irvine & a BFA in Film Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. They currently reside on the unceded territories of the Acjachemen, Tongva, and Kizh, also known as Irvine, California.
Celebrating Jewish Americans’ Contributions to the Field of Dance
Tuesday May 24, 2022 at 7:30pm ET
This panel will introduce and celebrate the diverse contributions of Jewish Americans to dance in the United States. It will cover some of the historical influences as well as consider the ways in which issues of concern to Jewish Americans impact our teaching, creating and scholarship within the field of dance education today.
Meet the Panelists:
Barry Blumenfeld has been a dance educator for 30 years in a wide range of environments. He has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools in residencies ranging from "Math Dance" and "Reading Dance" to teaching children in a mental institution via videophone. He has also taught in private pre-schools and studios. Barry was an adjunct professor at American University, in Washington, DC, where he also taught at-risk youth in a housing project as part of a HUD grant and deaf college students at Galludet University. Barry is currently on the faculty of Friends Seminary School in Manhattan where he has built their dance program over the past 22 years. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University and on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory of the 92nd Street Y. He holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Dance from American University and is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory of the 92nd Street Y; a certified Level 1 Teacher of Language of Dance®; a certified yoga instructor; and a Registered Dance Educator. Barry wrote an “Ask the Experts” column for Dance Teacher Magazine for 6 years and was a co-creator of the DEL DanceMaker app. Barry is currently President of NYSDEA.
Joy Friedlander founded the dance program at Girls' High School in Philadelphia in 2000 and teaches dance technique and creative process to 200 students yearly, produces dance performances and mentors student teachers from many universities around the city. Joy taught at various university programs prior to her current position where she was focused on not only dance artistry but in dance teacher preparation. She frequently presents professional development workshops for K-12 teachers, presents at national and international conferences including NDA, NDEO, daCi (Dance and the Child International - both international and USA), Confluences (University of Cape Town), and has worked with the PA Department of Education on various dance initiatives. For many years, Joy served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of AAPHERD and then Jode, when NDEO was started. As one of the founders of daCi USA, she served on the board for the first 15 years and as Chair for 3 years. Joy has a doctorate in dance from Temple University, an MFA from UC Irvine, and was named Dance Educator of the Year in 2005 by the National Dance Association.
Naomi Jackson is a Professor in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University. She was the lead editor for the Oxford Handbook of Jewishness and Dance in collaboration with Rebecca Pappas and Toni Shapiro-Phim (2022). Her other books include: Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion (co-edited with Toni Shapiro-Phim, Scarecrow Press), Right to Dance: Dancing for Rights (Banff Centre Press), and Converging Movements: Modern Dance and Jewish Culture at the 92nd Street Y (Wesleyan University Press). Her reviews and articles appear in such publications as Contact Quarterly, Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle and Dance Research. She has served as a member of the boards of the Society of Dance History Scholars, and Congress on Research in Dance, and she organized the ground breaking International CORD Dance and Human Rights Conference in Montreal with Dena Davida in 2005. Her research focuses on ethics, human rights, social justice, Jewish studies, and contemporary trends in dance.
Mr. Daniel Lewis is president of Miami Dance Futures, which he formed in 1988 to develop dance in South Florida and a consultant for the José Limón Dance Foundation in New York. He was the founding dean of dance of the New World School of the Arts, from 1987 to 2011, an eight-year professional dance program, starting in the ninth grade and ending with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Mr. Lewis is perhaps most widely known for his association with the work of José Limón. From 1962-74, he danced with the Limón Dance Company, originating roles in A Choreographic Offering, Legend, Psalm, The Winged, Comedy and The Unsung. In 1975, Mr. Lewis completed the choreography of The Waldstein Sonata, an unfinished work begun by Limón just before his death.
Mr. Lewis staged the works of Limón and Doris Humphrey for such companies as the Royal Swedish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, and The Juilliard School. In 1972 following the death of José Limón Mr. Lewis served as the Limón Company’s acting artistic director and in 1984 became founding director of the Limón Institute. His book, The Illustrated Dance Technique of José Limón, 1984), has been translated in German, Spanish and Japanese. He had two papers published, in Medical Problems of Performing Artists. He was Issue Editor for Dance in Hispanic Cultures, Harwood Academic Publishers.
As a choreographer, Mr. Lewis has been commissioned to create works by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Dallas Civic Opera, American Opera Center at Lincoln Center, Amherst College, the University of California at Los Angeles, The Juilliard School. His repertory company, Daniel Lewis Dance, has performed and taught extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Scandinavia.
From 1984-87, Mr. Lewis was Assistant to Martha Hill, the Director of the Dance Division, at The Juilliard School, where he had been a member of the dance faculty since 1967. Mr. Lewis was also an adjunct professor at New York University and a professor at Amherst College.
Mr. Lewis graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1962 and The Juilliard School in 1967. In 1990, the National Society of Arts and Letters awarded Mr. Lewis the gold medal for Lifelong Achievement in Dance. In 2001 he received The Florida Arts Recognition Award recognizing his outstanding initiatives, leadership and excellence in supporting the arts in Florida. In 2002 he received a Life time achievement award from "dance4life", and the Nancy Smith Award. In October of 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Educators Organization. In February of 2011, Miami Dade County and the City of Miami declared February 5, 2011 as Daniel Lewis Day. On April 6, 2011, he received a proclamation from the floor of the Florida State Senate for his work in the arts in Florida by Senator Anitere Flores He received the 2011 Martha Hill "Lifetime Achievement Award in New York City He is one of only 13 people, since 1945, to receive an Honorary Doctor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Florida in 2012. He received an Education Advancement Award from the José Limón Dance Foundation in 2013 and received the Doris Leeper Award by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education on June 23, 2017.
Naima Prevots Professor Emerita, American University, Washington, D.C., Naima has been choreographer, performer, historian, administrator, educator and writer. She has had six Fulbright Fellowships, working in several countries, and in Israel as a consultant developing the high school dance programs and a graduate program at Orot College. Her publications include the books Dance for Export: Culural Diplomacy and the Cold War; American Pageantry: A Movement for Art and Democracy; Dancing in the Sun: Hollywood Choreographers 1915-1937; a chapter in the forthcoming book A Grassroots Leadership and Arts for Social Change Primer for Educators, Organizers, Activists & Rabble Rousers; and numerous articles and reviews.
"Out From the Wings" A Film Screening and Q&A
Thursday June 9, 2022 at 7:00-8:30 PM ET
This session will a screening of the film “Out From the Wings” and a Q&A talk back with the films' creator Michael Montoya.
"Out From the Wings" is a documentary film which analyzes the strictly defined and segregated binary gender roles most often enforced in dance, the roles biological female and male dancers are expected to play, and how the expectation of adhering to these roles affects LGBTQIA+ dancers. Consisting primarily of interview footage of lesbian, gay, nonbinary, and transgender dancers ranging in age from 18 to 72, the film addresses how rigid, unrealistic stereotypical images permeate dance training, auditioning and performance. The dancers share not only how this affects them professionally, but how it affects them in their personal relationships with other dancers, choreographers, and company directors as well.
My goal in presenting this film is threefold: to bring awareness to the discrimination faced by LGBTQIA+ dancers, to provide support for young dancers who are currently experiencing such discrimination, and to provide suggestions on ways to create a safer and more inclusive environment for these dancers.
Michel Montoya is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator with over 30 years’ experience in the field and performance experience in both commercial and concert jazz dance. In addition, Michael is also a fully certified teacher with a Master’s of Education in Cross Cultural Teaching and over 25 years’ experience in academic education. His interest in doing research on gender roles in dance and their effects on the LGBTQIA+ community stems from his own experiences first as a female, lesbian identifying dancer and now as a trans male dancer. It is his hope that the work can bring greater awareness to the struggles faced by dancers in the LGBTQIA+ community and can affect positive changes for all in the field of dance.
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