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- World Dance Master Class Series: Capoeira with Mestre Deraldo Ferreira
World Dance Master Class Series: Capoeira with Mestre Deraldo Ferreira
November 8, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Alumni Recreation Center (ARC), Dance Studio
The Curry College Dance Program is proud to present the World Dance History Master Class series, programmed in conjunction with the new World Dance History course. In the fall of 2012, a variety of amazing artists will visit the Curry campus to teach introductory level workshops in various dance forms - these classes are open to all in the Curry community and no dance experience is necessary. Please join us!
Here are the upcoming performances for November:
Thursday, November 8
Led by Mestre Deraldo Ferreira is Founder and Artistic Director of The Brazilian Cultural Center of New England
Mestre Deraldo Ferreira is Founder and Artistic Director of The Brazilian Cultural Center of New England, one of three Brazilian Cultural Points in the US, designated by then Brazilian Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil. A Mestre (official master) of Capoeira, Mestre Deraldo brings a 35-year tenure in Capoeira, Samba drumming and dancing, musical composition and choreography. He is among the first to bring the Capoeira art form and Brazilian Samba dance and percussion to North America.
Mestre Deraldo began studying Capoeira at the age of 14. He founded the Academy of Capoeira in his hometown of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, and he became a certified Mestre of Capoeira in 1984. Deraldo studied Capoeira Angola with Grand Mestre João Pequeno de Pastinha, student of Grand Mestre Pastinha, the "father and protector of capoeira" from an early age in Brazil. Grand Mestre João Pequeno graduated Deraldo as a master of Capoeira Angola in 2004. Grand Mestre João Grande was also a teacher of Mestre Deraldo, and he considers Grande Mestre João Grande one of his greatest inspirations in Capoeira Angola.
Mestre Deraldo founded schools of Capoeira in Canada and in Italy, and over the past 25 years, has taught annually at Amherst College, Hampshire College, MIT, Smith College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, as well as numerous dance and music studios.
In the fall of 2012, the following guests visited Curry College as part of the series:
Cambodian Classical Dance
The Angkor Dance Troupe, based in Lowell, MA was formed in 1986 by Cambodian refugees of the Khmer Rouge holocaust and is nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced of the United States-based Cambodian traditional arts ensembles.
Indian Classical Dance, Bharata Natyam
A master of the Panthanallur style of Bharat Natyam, Neena Gulati has received high critical acclaim for her professional performances throughout India and the United States and is director of the Brookline, MA based Triveni School of Dance.
West African Dance
Nani Agbeli is currently a professor at Tufts University, and the director of Woezo. He is an Ewe man from the village of Kopeyia in the Volta Region of Ghana and gives workshops and performances in traditional arts and culture from tribes in Ghana, West Africa.
In addition to raqs sharqi, American Tribal Style, and tribal fusion belly dance, Katie Bircher has an extensive background in ballet and modern dance. She studied and performed in Northern California for five years as a member of the raqs sharqi troupe Ya Habibi Dance Ensemble, and was a founding member of Tribalesque Belly Dance Fusion. Katie has been a regularly performing and teaching member of Vadalna Tribal Dance Company in Boston since 2008. Learn more at www.vadalna.com.
Anna Myer began her dance training in 1962 with Esther Brooks, at the Cambridge School of Ballet, on a Ford Foundation Scholarship. Later Myer was awarded scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. Myer then joined the Boston Ballet, and subsequently performed and studied with Ana Roje in Boston and Yugoslavia. Additional credits include performances in works by contemporary choreographers such as Zeve Cohen, Caitlin Corbett, Marguerite Mathews, and Pauline Koner. In 1992, Myer founded Anna Myer and Dancers in Cambridge, Massachusetts. More info at: www.annamyeranddancers.org.
All Master Classes Meet in the Alumni Recreation Center (ARC) Dance Studio. For more information please contact Professor Alissa Cardone at firstname.lastname@example.org.