This high energy workout takes you straight to the Dirty South, exploring the culture and movement styles of the Southern states of the US. Participants will delve into styles such as Nola Bounce, HBCU Band/Majorette, Hip-Hop Social Dances and Twerk techniques, while gaining an understanding of the influence of Africa in the Dirty South. Griddy Southern music and flavor guides participants into an exhilarating warm-up including deep stretching and body isolations, then moves to delving into specific styles across the floor. Class will culminate with a non-stop movement phrase, engaging in a liberating experience head to toe.
Dani Criss is a multidisciplinary artist, artistic educator and community organizer hailing from Durham, North Carolina and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. She is passionate about the advancement of people of African descent and is driven by her roots and studies of the African Diaspora. Her use of the arts as an educational tool provides a foundational appreciation, acceptance, and historical context for African Diasporic cultures. Dani has trained and performed with numerous artists, companies and festivals including The American Dance Festival, The Honorable Baba Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute, The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Otesha Cultural Arts Ensemble, Asè Dance Theatre Collective, Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy and others. Choreographic works have been shared in various ensembles, theaters, schools, and festivals around the country. Check out www.danicriss.com for more information.
July 3, 2019, 11 p.m. to Feb. 28, 2020, 2 a.m.
Location: 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216