AFRO MODERN FUNK
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AFRO MODERN FUNK | The Sankofa Series
Afro Modern Funk – The Sankofa Series by Maxie Jamal, will explore the multifaceted movements of Afrikan culture, beginning with the Congo; utilizing the foundation and evolution of dance through an Afrikan diaspora lens. We will warm up our bodies to the eccentric rhythms and language of the ancestors through live drumming.
The definition of the Ghanian word Sankofa is “Go Back and Get It” or to “Return and Seek.” The Sankofa Series will create an experience that will help us depict the importance of the stories that live dormant in our bodies. We will reach back to touch on the history and spirituality of the Congo, allowing our bodies to remember not only physically but holistically.
Through Maxie’s study of the Congo, she has begun to embody this beautiful art form and found ways to use this dance and knowledge to heal herself from the trauma that is the African American body. With her expertise in Afro Modern Funk and Lungusu’s Congo Cosmology you will leave this class with a deep connection to the stages in which Congolese dance has developed, and understanding the many directions Congo Cosmology may have transformed through time as well as the Trans- Atlantic trade .
After the 8 weeks you will have an in depth understanding of the four stages of existence in Congo Cosmology through the attempt in activating enlightenment (our highest state of being), through movement and sound. On the final week, we will welcome guest choreographer Lungusu Malonga, to add the finishing touches to our final performance at the end of the 8-week session.
This series is open to all ages and experience levels, (ages 13+ preferred). Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, beginning February 18th through April 9th.
Join us for our very first class on 2/18 for only $1! Each class is $15 thereafter or register for all 8 weeks for $250!
This class/space is prioritized for Black, African, African-American identified people.