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Friday, June 15 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Kinetic Knowledge Through African Dance

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How do dance practices across the African diaspora affirm the lived experiences of Black people? We will interrogate which bodies have the ability to transfer African kinetic knowledge, examine the idea of ownership of African dance culture & the impacts of columbusing African movements. These topics will be explored through interactive discussion, short film & movement exploration. Participants will leave with a better understanding of dance as a conduit for preserving black spaces & knowledge.

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Ajara Alghali

A Detroit native by birth but a self-proclaimed global citizen, Ajara developed a love of culture at an early age. By blending life experiences through traditional and contemporary music and dance in her style, her work focuses on the connection between African people globally and on the continent. She is a performance artist that has trained over 12 years in traditional West African dance. Ajara is also a budding film-making exploring the themes of Black identity and African relationships., Culturvation Studio
A Detroit native by birth but a self-proclaimed global citizen, Ajara developed a love of culture at an early age. By blending life experiences through traditional and contemporary music and dance in her style, her work focuses on the connection between African people globally and... Read More →
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Whitney Smith

Culturvation Studio
Whitney Smith, a Detroit native and artist is dedicated to learning and preserving the oral, sonic, and kinetic traditions of African people. Whitney has danced as a principle dancer in one of Detroit's premiere companies. In addition to dance, she also engages in participatory landscape... Read More →


Friday June 15, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STUDENT CENTER: Room 020