“Healing African Dance” on February 22

Posted on 2/14/2011 9:12:10 AM

IUP at Punxsutawney and the Punxsutawney Area Community Center present Healing African Dance by Anglea Watson.

Healing African Dance will be presented on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at the Punxsutawney Community Center at 6:00 p.m.

In this engaging presentation, choreographer and former Fulbright scholar Angela Watson explores one of the most essential elements of African dance: its ability to heal. Through lecture, video, and demonstration, audiences learn about three different categories of African dance (social, folklore, and ritual) that are performed in various contexts in African life—from births, to naming ceremonies, to weddings, to death. Elements of call-and-response, the talking drum, improvisation, and rhythm also are discussed.

Audience members can participate by learning the movements of dance. Free to the public.