Instructors

Pam Newton

Stage Movement Instructor/Choreography

2009-February 2011 Artist Facilitator

A New York trained dancer who has choreographed many shows at Boston College; she directed her own company for several years and currently coaches professionals in movement and performance enhancement. Pam frequently lectures and writes about the creative process and the expressive body. She has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University in dance education, and an M.A. from Boston College in counseling psychology. She also received a diploma from the C. G. Jung Institute – Boston in analytical psychology where she wrote her dissertation on couple dancing.

Steven Baumgardner

Break Dancer Choreography

2006-Current

Breakdancing was one of the four founding elements of hip-hop ( Breakdancing, Emceeing , Djing & Graffiti) created in the late 70’s in New York City during a time when poverty and gang violence where at an all time high. Being used as one of the tools to bring peace between gangs, hip-hop became the battle ground for the former gang members and breakdancing took over the floor! Starting with Uprock (The part of the dance that was done while standing) and making it’s way to the floor, breakdancing has evolved from its simple movements to an incredible dance form with thousands of moves and infinite possibilities! Not to be confused with Poppin n Lockin.(which is a form of hip-hop dance created on the west coast in the early 80’s focusing more on isolated movements and equally important to the continuing growth in hip-hop culture.) What we will be focused on is the basic foundation of this dance form( Uprock, battlerock, six-step, and a freeze). Each one of these steps will teach, in there ow way, self control. As wild as breakdancing appears every move is practice precisely. What we will be focusing on is the movements, how they are all connected, and how to control yourself in any position.

Elsie Mufuka

African Dance Choreography

2010-February 2011 Artist Facilitator

Coker College graduate of 2008 of dual Bachelor of Art degrees in Dance and Communications. Some of her references are The Amy Marshall Dance Company of New York City, The Wanda Project, and Choreographer/Mentor Natty Mncube. After her graduation in 2008, she accepted her first employment in South Africa with Ntosana Contemporary Dance Theatre director Sello Pesa. For almost two years, Mufuka worked with this company as well as Taelo Dance Theatre-Gustin Makgeledisa, DTL Entertainment-Tumie Letsoenyo, and Lorcia Cooper. Not only as a dancer but administrator, executive assistant, and dance instructor. As a dance instructor, Mufuka has proved to transform anyone into his or her inner dancer. This was evident in her additional work of teaching in the townships of Soweto and Alexandra, South Africa. Both internationally and locally, Mufuka has developed even more experience in her craft of dance across the board and now will enlighten her skills back into her home country, USA. Currently she is the founder/director of MufukaWorks and achieving her Master degree in Arts Administration at Winthrop University.

“He is like a man building a house, who dug and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built”. –Luke 6:48

Lakesha L. Green

Director
Ms.Lakesha L. Green native of Montgomery Al, holds a B.A in Theater Arts from Alabama State University and a M.F.A in Media and Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ms. Green began her theater career in Central and Southeast Alabama. She has directed over 25 productions and performed over 30 works for the theater.

Her extensive background in theater, film, and education has taken her to many new experimental venues to show case her directing, acting, and designing. She has enormous productions throughout Alabama, Georgia, and New York. Some of her directing credits include adaptations of classic texts such as Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. more