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Royal Inspirations: Spelman Dancers Take Audiences on a Soulful Journey

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Location
  • Sisters Chapel, Spelman College 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30314

Spelman College Presents African Dance Celebration

Celebrate 25 years of Sister Omelika Kuumba's African dance legacy at Spelman College with "Royal Inspirations!" This event, directed by Kuumba and presented by the Department of Dance Performance and Choreography, is a HERstorical journey of empowerment through vibrant dances, soul-stirring monologues, and captivating rhythms and songs from Africa and the African Diaspora. 
 
Royal Inspirations features performances by Akuuba Ashanti, Ashietu, African Dance Forms students, West African Rhythms and Dance students, Soaring High, and more. The Atlanta community is invited to attend the celebration on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Sisters Chapel.

Free and open to the public — let's dance into history together.

Making Music Matter Generation After Generation

Sister Omelika Performing with Giwayen MataKuumba, or Sister Omelika as she is affectionately called, is a native of Brooklyn, New York and majored in philosophy at Spelman. A drummer, dancer, choreographer, musical arranger and cultural arts educator, she co-founded GIWAYEN MATA, an award-winning dance, percussion and vocal ensemble. Kuumba, we’ll respected and admired nationally and internationally, studied under the direction of master dancers and percussionists in the U.S. and in Senegal, West Africa. Other highlights of her career include performing during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, teaching and choreographing at Trollwood Performing Arts School in North Dakota, and teaching percussion and choreographing in Stuttgart, Germany, Hastings, England and Bermuda.

An instructor of African Dance Forms in the Department of Dance Performance and Choreography at Spelman, Kuumba directs Ashietu, the Sisters Chapel African Dance and Drum Ministry at Spelman, and taught West African dance for Atlanta Ballet’s AileyCamp. She has been a consultant for the Atlanta Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program and the National Black Arts Festival.

Most recently, Kuumba produced and composed an album titled, “Soaring High” and was featured in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution article, “Soaring High: African rhythm meets contemporary sound.” She celebrated the debut of the album and the event was chronicled in Hub Pages.

blue-quote-left Sister Omelika's extensive knowledge of rhythm and dance is matched by her tremendous spirit and her ability to connect with students. Over these past 25 years, the impact that she has made on Spelman, the AUC, and the broader Atlanta community is immeasurable. I am in awe of the legacy she has built and grateful to call her a colleague, mentor and friend.

—  Julie B. Johnson, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Dance Performance assistant professor.

 

Spelman College Dance Theatre Presents Heirloom

Friday, April 19, 2024 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Location
  • Spelman College, Rockefeller Arts Building, Baldwin Burrouoghs Theatre

Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Spelman College Dance Theatre Presents Heirloom

Join us for "Heirloom: A Celebration of the Legacy of Spelman Dance Theatre," as we Grace the Baldwin Burroughs Stage Once Again 

We are so excited to present our Spring 2024 concert to family and friends of Spelman College. Our students have worked so hard this semester with our dynamic cast of all alum choreographers, in addition to diving into scholarly readings to inspire movement modalities, and intensive process for choreographic development.

The intention for "Heirloom" is to shed light on the legacy of the Spelman Dance Theatre, as well as the presence of dance on Spelman's campus over the decades. 

We invite you to embrace our story and the innovative leaders that have been the vessels of change and excellence within the Department of Dance Performance and Choreography. Please note, seating is limited and is first come, first serve. 

Featured Works

Faculty Choreographer Sister Omelika Kuumba C'81
Resident Guest Artist Tendayi Kuumba C' 2010
Spelman Dance Theatre Co-Director Morgan Hawkins C' 2010 + Cast
Christiana “Chrissy” McLeod Horn C'2021
Faculty Choreographer and Director of Spelman Dance Theatre CiCi Kelley, MFA, C'2022

Spelman College Dance Theater Presents Heirloom

Dance at Spelman

Dance at Spelman is a critical and creative thinking laboratory that nurtures women of the African Diaspora. Students investigate intersections of experimental creative practices, cultural discourse, and technology. The curriculum centers on the choreographic process through the lens of black feminist theories, contemporary dance techniques, and interdisciplinary collaborative practice.
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