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upcoming events:

May 9 – West African & Vogue Workshops with Omari Mizrahi
May 11-13 – Ryerson Workshops with Kimberly Cooper
May 26 – Dance to the Music with Michelle Moss

SEE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION


WEST AFRICAN & VOGUE WORKSHOPS WITH OMARI MIZRAHI
MAY 9 AT THE DJD DANCE CENTRE

SCHEUDLE

6:00-7:30 – WEST AFRICAN – OPEN LEVEL
8:00-9:30 – VOGUE – OPEN LEVEL

PRICING & REGISTRATION

$25/class OR $45/both classes
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OMARI MIZRAHI

Born in Senegal, West Africa. His passion for dance and the arts grew over many years of watching his mother and father Olukośe Wiles & Marie Basse Wiles dance and play the drums. His parents are the founders of the Maimouna Keita School of African Dance in New York City. Omari has trained with Ron K Brown, Assane Konte, Ephrat Asherie, The House of Mizrahi and Marie Basse-Wiles. Over the years he has trained in Contemporary, Vogue, Hip-Hop, West African & House dance. He has performed with Rashaad Newsome, John Legend, Gargon City, Wunmi, Gala, The Maimouna Keita Dance company, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Forces and most recently choreographed for and performed with recording artist Jidenna at the MTV Video Music Awards. Omari feels deeply committed to his role as a teacher inside the community. He started his own journey in the House and Ball scene with 17 years old and received his Legendary status after 10 years of competing in NYC and nationwide.


 

RYERSON WORKSHOPS WITH KIMBERLEY COOPER
MAY 11-13, 2018 AT RYERSON UNIVERSITY

DAILY SCHEDULE

10:00AM-12:00PM – JAZZ TECHNIQUE
12:00-12:30PM – BREAK
12:30-2:00PM – CREATIVE PROCESS

PRICING & REGISTRATION

Full Workshop Pass – $135 (plus GST) CLICK TO REGISTER 
3 Jazz Class Pass – $75 (plus GST) CLICK TO REGISTER 
Singe Jazz class Drop-in – $30 (plus GST) CLICK TO REGISTER

Payment plans for the Full Workshop & 3 Jazz Class Passes are available. Two equal payments can be made with a credit card, the first payment will be made on the date of purchase and the second payment on May 4, 2018. CLICK TO REGISTER

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Jazz Technique:
Maintaining a strong connection to the music, progressive rhythmic challenge and encouragement of honest execution, this series of technique classes will bring dancers historical understanding, groove and style. Rooted in the history of jazz dance and music, DJD is constantly innovating and evolving this art form. DJD invites dancers to experience how music shapes movement and feeling; to explore the connection between personal expression and collaboration; and to move!

Creative Process:
Kimberley Cooper has been a part of the DJD organization since 1989 when she was hired as an apprentice dancer. Appointed Resident Choreographer in 2001 and Artistic Director in 2013, her work challenges the notion of jazz dance and incorporates complex body isolations, rhythmic sophistication, and inherent groove. Drawing inspiration from the varied facets and influences of jazz music and dance, Ms Cooper creates a true mosaic of movement. Come play as you dance WITH the music and understand jazz differently.

KIMBERLEY COOPER
DJD Artistic Director

Kimberley Cooper is a prominent member of Calgary’s dance community, having been dancing and making dance professionally for more than two decades.  She has been working with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) since becoming an apprentice with the company in 1989, and has been Artistic Associate/Resident Choreographer since 2001.

Cooper’s work is often described as cinematic and otherworldly. The dance she makes is grounded, visceral, passionate and often involves a lot of movement in the spine. It frequently comes from the African roots of jazz but is reinvented respectfully out of context. She responds to the vernacular and human side of jazz but loves to “creaturize” it.  Cooper enjoys working with live music and has made her mark as an improviser. She likes to make work for non-traditional venues, to bring audiences impossibly close to the dancers. She is endlessly inspired by the spirit of jazz, an art form that was born in a culture where dance and music are madly in love, hungry to evolve and greatly influenced by what’s happening in the moment.

Since 2001 Cooper has created 11 full-length works on DJD, two in collaboration with DJD co-founder Hannah Stilwell (Velvet in 2003 and ¡BULLA! a Loud Cuban-Jazz Experiment in 2005) plus nine on her own.  Two enjoyed major Canadian tours (¡BULLA! in 2005, and wowandflutter in 2009). Before its cross-Canada tour, ¡BULLA!  opened at the Havana Jazz Festival in 2004.  One of her most recent works, The Great Jazz History Mystery, an educational show for grades K-6, created in collaboration with Cory Bowles, has been seen by almost 14,000 Alberta kids since its premiere in 2011.  She has made two BravoFACT! films with director John Albanis, one of which, Distemper, with music by renowned electronic recording artist Amon Tobin, was released in a box set of Tobin’s work by his record label Ninja Tune in 2012.

In 2002, Kimberley Cooper was named Emerging Artist of the Year by Alberta Dance Alliance. Although closely associated with DJD, Cooper also dances and choreographs independently.  She has performed, studied and or taught in Canada, the USA, Spain, Japan, The Turks and Caicos Islands, Cuba and Brazil.  Her independent choreography has been presented by One Yellow Rabbit, The University of Calgary, eko Dance (Youth Dance Unlimited), Alberta Dance Theatre, DSW, Loose Moose Theatre Company, Theatre Calgary, Springboard Dance, Dances For small Stages (Vancouver), Alberta Dance Alliance (Edmonton), and SUNY Potsdam (NY USA).  In June 2012 Cooper was an Artist in Residence for Calgary as Cultural Capital of Canada.


Dance to the Music!

Workshop with DJD Co-founder Michèle Moss
Saturday, May 26 – 1:00-2:30 at the DJD Dance Centre

The soundtrack will be jazz and the many branches and blossoms related to this vibrant musical form. The music selections are designed to move you towards a spirited expression or soulful reflection. We will warm up and cool down and in the middle we will be jazz explorers. Come out to play and, as Sly Stone said, Dance to the Music!

All levels and abilities welcome!
$25 + GST
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