Mele Broomes (V/DA)
Ashanti HarrisProject Xchange
Xchange creates and curates opportunities for artists (local and international) to connect, develop and platform their work.
Project X recognises that dance artists who are POC and/+ Black face increased barriers in having a career in the performing arts. This development platform is part of Project X wider activities of championing dance within the African and Caribbean Diaspora in Scotland as well as platforming Artists of Colour.
Xchange dance artists will be leading workshops on:
Mon 7th October- 6pm- 7pm - West African Dance with Adie Baako and Thomas Annang of Akrowa - book tickets here
Akrowa UK brings Ghana to Scotland through performances and workshops. In this West African dance workshop, dancer Adie Baako and drummer Thomas Annang will be sharing some of Akrowa UK’s unique dance techniques. Suitable for all levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Dancing is best done barefoot, otherwise wear non-slippy indoor shoes.
Christian Noelle Charles will host a Jazz, improvisational movement class, which is one of the key foundations of her creative practice. The class will represent an opportunity to explore and have a conversation with people's personal rhythms and grooves, gently opening up constructive discussions on self-care. Please dress comfortably for moving and bring your personal music playlist i,e. your phone/mp3 player and headphones.
Monday 14th October 6pm - 7pm- Hooping workshop with Symoné- book tickets here
Symoné is a professional hula hoop performer and instructor, cabaret artist, choreographer, and roller-skater. She currently holds a Guinness World Record for ‘most hoops spun simultaneously as a group’, she can spin 50 hoops on her body at once! With an attitude equally sass as it is fierce, she combines circus style hooping with dance. In this Hula Hooping workshop Symoné will share some of her techniques.
Mon 21st Oct - Contemporary Afro Fusion with Hermes Iyele (2hrs)
A contemporary Afro fusion dance class exploring instant composition and improvisation (with contact). Hermes Iyele is a choreographer, dancer, actor, model and basketball player based in Lagos, Nigeria. His collaborative works include MORTUARY CROSSROADS (danceGATHERING 2019, Nigeria), Body and Memory (danceGATHERING 2019, Nigeria) and Yuropa! (2018 in Germany, 2019 in Mali). As a mentee of renowned choreographer Qudus Oniekeku, Iyele trained at Q Dance Center in Lagos, and since its inception regularly performs in their productions including RAINMAKERS (TEDGlobal, Tanzania, 2017)in Arusha, Tanzania with QTribe.
This workshop is aimed at professionals, dance students, those already engaged in dance