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Class: Urban Modern Dance with Lamaiya Lancaster

Lamaiya Lancaster, Adjunct dance faculty at College of Lake County, Illinois, USA
Co-founder of L-Theory Collective, USA

Urban Modern Dance explores traditional modern dance technique fused with the Afro-Caribbean dance aesthetic and the syncopation, percussive, and polyrhythmic characteristics of dances of the African Diaspora experienced through a unique, cultural lens. This workshop will incorporate concepts of dynamic athleticism through stealth-like floor work, inversions, and high energy, “fast-twitch” movements that embody the choreographic aesthetic of the instructor.

Lamaiya Lancaster received diverse dance training in traditional and cultural disciplines at San Diego School for Creative & Performing Arts and Fort Wayne Dance Collective and earned her B.A. in Cultural Studies, M.A. in Adult/Community Education and Executive Development for Public Service. Lancaster directed the Summer Dance Showcase-Hawaii collaborating with Convergence Dance Theatre and Middle Eastern Dance Artists of Hawaii, presented on adult learning theories, dance education and diversity in dance at the American Association for Adult/Continuing Education Conference, Hawaii International Conference on Education, Ball State University’s Diversity Research Symposium and presented on the history of American Social Dance at University of Science and Technology of Shanghai, Shanghai, China, Xi'an International University, Xi’an, China & Henan Normal University, Xing Xong, China.  Currently, Lancaster is adjunct dance faculty at College of Lake County and Co-founder of L-Theory Collective where her dedication to inclusion through community engagement in dance is realized.

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