Tucson : Phoenix : Sedona :: June 15 - 23, 2014
Join us in welcoming visiting dance artist and ethnologist, Kimberly Miguel Mullen to Arizona for Alegria – a 9-day dance tour that will evoke the joyful and energetic essence of Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, and Brazil. Participants will learn folkloric and popular dances that originate from a complex religious system from various regions of Africa that have been appropriated and maintained in the Caribbean and Brazil - both ceremonial and artistic cultural expressions. Kimberly is skillful at making accessible these intellectual concepts relatable and beneficial to everybody by creating a context through which the execution of movement guides the exploration of the self and how we connect to others and the Universe at large. Participants will not only explore the unique relationship between the various dance steps and drum rhythms but will also learn the cultural, political, historical, and social content of the dances as well. All skill levels are welcome in this non-competitive dance classroom environment. All classes will be accompanied by live percussion.
“Pure Joy. Mullen doesn’t stop smiling and encouraging the group with every step, making sure everyone is having a blast. We finished the class completely soaked but bursting with energy.” - Jaime Kiffel-Alcheh, Vital Juice LA
Kimberly Miguel Mullen, an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer for over 17 years, has performed in the USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Hong Kong. As a solo artist, she was one of a chosen few to perform with the late legendary Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella. The Los Angles Times has described her movement, a well-crafted mixture of traditional techniques from the African diaspora and Silvestre contemporary dance, as “spectacularly supple.” Mullen, who earned a Masters of Arts degree from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, actively pursues her interests in dance ethnography, traveling throughout the world while creating links among cultures through the expression of dance. Since 2005, Mullen has also been recognized as a popular dance and fitness DVD personality and choreographer renowned for infusing traditional dance forms into mainstream markets. Her debut dance workout DVD, "Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body," was awarded “Best Dance DVD 2009” by Health Magazine.
Full schedule for Sedona, Phoenix, and Tucson classes available here: Workshops Page