Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Urban Artistry Inc present…

The Dedication Series: Urban Dance and Dialog

Featuring Russell Campbell, Maren Cummings, and Rizqi Rachmat

Saturday, November 11th-Sunday November 12th, 2017

The Historic Train Depot in Harpers Ferry, WV

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Limited to 30 participants total.  Only $60.00 for the whole weekend!  The weekend package is not available to be split up by day.  See below for step-by-step registration instructions.

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THE EVENT

Come to historical Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, to explore how the people, music, and movement of our past currently reside in today’s urban dance landscape through the tradition bearers of Urban Artistry Inc. (www.urbanartistry.org). Working through the lens of an interdisciplinary urban dance education, students will become advocates of cultural preservation and artistic innovation as they discover dance, vocal, and instrumental traditions that have endured through America’s history of slavery, Civil War, and Civil Rights. Urban Artistry, Inc., is an internationally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the performance and preservation of art forms inspired by the urban experience. Serving as cultural ambassadors for communities that are often unsung, the group fulfills their mission through effective collaborations that support artists’ past, present, and future.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME

New learners, experienced dancers, and musicians of all skill levels are invited to become part of a growing community that inclusively seeks to understand the American experience through music, dance, and dialogue. Each session will include discussions about social context, historical references, and cultural exchange.

PARKING AT HARPERS FERRY NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

Official parking for this event is at the Harpers Ferry Visitor Center, located off of route 340 at Shoreline Drive. Park your vehicle, walk to the park shuttle, board the shuttle bus that will take you to lower town. Exit the park shuttle and take the 5-minute walk (4 blocks) to the park’s historic train station on Potomac Street. Park shuttles run from 9AM to 5:45PM, every 15 minutes. All of the weekend’s events will take place in the lower part of town. Officially registered participants are not charged an entrance fee to the park because registered participants are providing park visitors an opportunity to experience the park’s diverse history through dance and music.   

 

SCHEDULE

The second day builds on the lessons from the first, but attending the first day is not required to participate in the second.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

10:00 – 10:30am INTRODUCTIONS & LOCAL TOUR 1

10:30 – 11:30am WORKSHOP 1: Intro To House Dance

11:30 – 1:00pm LUNCH on your own in the town merchant area

 1:00 – 1:30pm LOCAL TOUR 2

 1:30 – 2:30pm WORKSHOP 2: Intro to Breakin’ (B-boyin’/B-girlin’)  

 2:30 – 3:00pm LOCAL TOUR 3

 3:00 – 4:00pm WORKSHOP 3:  Intro To Hip Hop

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

10:00 – 10:30pm LOCAL TOUR 1

10:30 – 11:30am WORKSHOP 1: Intro To House Dance

11:30 – 1:00pm LUNCH on your own in the town merchant area

 1:00 – 1:30pm LOCAL TOUR 2

 1:30 – 2:30pm WORKSHOP 2: Intro to Breakin’ (B-boyin’/B-girlin’)  

 2:30 – 3:00pm LOCAL TOUR 3

 3:00 – 4:00pm WORKSHOP 3:  Intro To Hip Hop

 4:00 – 4:30pm CLOSING

 

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

INTRO TO HOUSE DANCE is an introductory level workshop geared for those who are interested in learning the basic movements and historical underpinnings of the House dance experience. Students will build a working understanding of foundational house dance movements such as jacking, footwork, and lofting. Furthermore students will garner an understanding of participating, learning, and growing in the cypher as it pertains to the constant evolution and relevance of house dance culture. Participation in this class will equip students with the foundational techniques and vocabulary that lead to confidence and intention in performance, battle, and cypher settings.

INTRO TO BREAKIN’ is an introductory level workshop geared for those interested in learning the basic movements and historical underpinnings of b-boy and b-girl culture. Students will be introduced to the foundational movements of the dance: top rock, drops, footwork, power moves, and freezes. Students will learn how to build on a complete solo-run that comprises a combination of at least three of the previously outlined components. Furthermore, students will develop body control and transition techniques to connect moves and ensure proper execution and prevent injury.

INTRO TO HIP HOP DANCE is an introductory level workshop geared for those interested in learning the basic movements and historical underpinnings of freestyle hip hop dance culture. This class will offer movement foundations that span the classic social dances (such as the running man, wop, and cabbage patch), isolations and body control, and variety of bounces, rocks, and digs to establish various grooves and rhythm patterns.

 

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

RIZQI RACHMAT is an Indonesian-American Hip Hop dance educator, choreographer, and researcher with Urban Artistry. Rizqi has extensive experience in directing dance and Hip Hop theater productions and gaining competitive hip-hop and world Wushu championship titles. He believes that his purpose in movement and art are rooted in freedom– that this truth resonates throughout his work as a cultural artist and leader. His work and artistic portfolio spans the cultivation of urban dance culture and explorations into the intersections of art, civil society, and conflict resolution.

MAREN CUMMINGS is an elementary school teacher, youth development advocate, and dancer with a passion for integrating arts and education. She has a Masters in Women’s Studies and her work as on the Operations team for Urban Artistry has included experience in managing an Artist in Residency program, assisting in performance production, and writing arts grant proposals.  She joined Urban Artistry in 2008, and has trained in urban styles of dance including house, hip hop, and waacking, building on her foundation in West African dance.  She is excited about combining her passion for youth leadership development and arts education within underserved communities.

RUSSELL “IRONMAN” CAMPBELL is a film-maker and Artistic Director for Urban Artistry where he is the top instructor for youth in B-Boying (also known as break dancing).  He has competed in local and international battles for over 17 years, is the floor captain for Counter Attack Breakers Crew [CAB Crew], and was a featured judge for Chelles Battle Pro qualifier in Stuttgart, Germany in 2011.  Growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland, he always had a passion for dance, film, music, culture, and community.  He studied music with his father Vincent L. Campbell Sr., and plays more than 6 musical instruments including piano, saxophone and bassoon. As DJ Mate Masie he has played at many local venues such as Eighteenth Street Lounge, Tropicalia and the U St. Music Hall, and internationally in Bulgaria where he also taught breaking in 2010.  Russell is a gifted teacher and pursues many styles to make his dancing musical, well-rounded, and diverse.  His goal is to show others a freedom of expression that will help make dance a safe environment for everyone.

REGISTRATION: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

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