Dance artist Stefanie Weber will deliver a soulful menu of -what are now- classic Jazz dance techniques: isolations, hinges, footwork, and moving phrases. Experience a seamless blend of detailed choreography and freestyle movement that feels both invigorating and at times effortless. While combining fluidity and grace with bold accents and style, this class is for those that have something to express from deep within their bones.
Musical accompaniments will range from Billie Holiday to PJ Harvey, John Lee Hooker to The White Stripes, Duke Ellington to Michael Jackson. Wear Jazz shoes, sneakers, or go barefoot. It’s up to you, just be prepared to strut, spin and slink.
Stefanie Weber has been studying movement, making dances and performing since childhood. Her passion for dancing has taken her throughout the US, to Canada, Cuba, Spain, and Kenya and always back to her native Pittsfield. She brings a wealth of dance experience in many forms including: Traditional and Modern Jazz, Rhythm Tap, Ballet, Modern, Afro-Cuban, West African, Middle Eastern and Somatic forms such as Butoh, Continuum and Gyrotonic.
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Reserve tickets (cash/check): TD4Rkenya@gmail.com
They Dance for Rain is partnering with artists of all media for “Soft Shoe BOOM!” An evening of art, dance, performance, food, fun and an UnSilent Auction of your artwork inspired by the Tap Shoe!
This evening benefits They Dance For Rain programs in Nairobi, Kenya.
-A tap shoe for inspiration. (You may keep it or return it.)
-Your work on the walls/floor of the Whitney Center for the Arts for the month of October, 2015.
-50% of the sale price of your artwork (or you can choose to make a 100% donation to They Dance for rain)
-The chance to be part of TD4R’s work to inspire new Tap Dancers in Nairobi, Kenya and improve the lives of others.
-Artwork due Sunday, September 27
-Show Dates Oct 1- 30
-First Friday Artswalk Friday October2, 5 – 8pm
-“Soft Shoe BOOM!” Saturday October 24, 7pm
Contact Monika at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to get a tap shoe.
They Dance for Rain is a dance-making project in Nairobi Kenya working with various arts-for-social- change organizations with dance and photography. They Dance For Rain began in 2011 when dance artist Stefanie Weber raised funds to bring along a duffle bag of donated Tap Shoes with her to Nairobi for a visit to a good friend. Since then the project has grown into an annual residency that boasts of being the most artfully documented, organized and sustained introduction of Rhythm Tap Dance in Kenya and possibly East Africa.
They Dance For Rain is directed by Stefanie Weber in collaboration with fine-arts photographer/artist Monika Pizzichemi and project assistant and tap dancer Josephine McDonald.
Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA August 8th, 8p
Knox Trail Inn, Otis, MA, August 15th, 7:30p
Join us for an introductory workshop in Iranian folk and classical dance with Iranian dance artist Sheila Eghbali. Demystify Iran and gather appreciation for the diversity of Iranian Dance. Sheila will draw from ancient dances from the majestic courts of ancient Iran, connecting mind, body and spirit. Come to dance or just observe and learn.
Proceeds benefit They Dance For Rain (TD4R) programs in Nairobi, Kenya. With this event, TD4R seeks to reveal truth, beauty and joy and promote peace through the process of engaging others in the dance arts. In this local event (US) we want to connect change makers in the dance arts with communities in need of fresh perspectives on relevant global issues and relationships.
In Kenya, we work with arts for social change organizations in creating Tap Dance programs for impoverished youth and professional contemporary dancers. We document everything and our photography illuminates a need for more artful image making in global society.
Iranian dance artist Sheila Eghbali is internationally recognized, the director of the International Iranian Dance conferences (IIDC) and Artistic Director of the Iranian Dance Arts based in Boston, MA. Coming to us with 24 years of experience, Eghbali trained in Iran in classical and folk dance and has been teaching for over 15 years along with only a handful of others from the Iranian/Persian community in the US. She is currently the only known Iranian dance artist in the US teaching and performing both folk and classical dances with a focus on authenticity.
Participate in the dance for $30 by pre-registering or $35 at the door.
Observe and learn by listening and watching for $15 by pre-registering or $20 at the door.
Groups of 4 or more may contact us for reduced rates.
PRE-REGISTER BY EMAILING:
Creatures of Habitat Artifacts from Kenya will be for sale and yummy sweet Persian treats available for your belly.
All levels of interest are welcome to attend and participate. Advanced dancers please contact us for further study opportunities with Sheila but please do join us on the 21st
Factory Secrets explores the depth of expressions inherent and ignored in the often limited view of the female body as presented often as un-moving two-dimensional commodity or sexualized object via misogynist or pornographic juxtaposition-ing. The female body moving here tells a story of resistance, empathy, grief, and self-realization. It illuminates the natural beauty and emotion that movement exhibits.
Release Me, But Don’t Let Go, utilizes a pair of moving female legs/feet in various associations with gravity and space to tell the ancient stories of longing, conflict, jubilance, harmony, death and rebirth while in relationship to other.
This is the first time the films will be screened indoors for a seated audience. The films were originally designed to be projected onto outdoor surfaces for passer-bys or as part of the entire live performance production of Auto Mobile Body Works.
Film credits include camera, direction and production by Stefanie Weber, editing and additional production support by Michael Sinopoli of Greylock Productions in Lee, MA and music by Thomas White/Electric Soft Parade in Brighton, England.