Afro-Caribbean–CaribFunk

This course approaches Caribbean dance from a global perspective situating CaribFunk as a transnational dance technique. CaribFunk technique fuses Afro-Caribbean (traditional and social dance), classical ballet, modern, and fitness elements. It also encourages exploration of self while investigating identity, citizenship, and culture through a kinesthetic expression of the rhythmic gestures of the pelvis. The technique visualizes Caribbean performance (Bahamian Junkanoo, Jamaican Dancehall and Trinidadian Carnival in particular) as a celebration of bodily truths, history, and desire. Styles of music and movement include but are not limited to Junkanoo, Afro-Cuban, Rara, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Zouk, Salsa, Cumbia, Afrobeat, Samba, and Soukous. We will also investigate the commonalities and connections of Central Africa (music and dance) and how this has not only influenced CaribFunk technique but also Caribbean dance and culture.
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