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Week of West African Dance Begins March 12 in School of Theatre and Dance

Posted Mar. 8, 2012

"Students need African dance, but it's difficult to find faculty in this area," said Dance Division Director Andrea Shearer. "Hopefully this initial groundwork leads to expansion in African dance for the School. We have to start somewhere."

Robin Gee, former artistic director and choreographer for Cinque Folkloric Dance Company and current associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro will be conducting master classes in West African Dance from Monday, March 12 through Thursday, March 16. All classes will be held in D123 in the Music and Speech building and take place during regular class times.

Gee will be accompanied by drummers, Atiba Rorie from North Carolina and Papa Assane Mbaye from Cleveland. A special "meet and greet" is open to the public and scheduled for noon on Monday, and an open class* from 9:55-10:35 a.m. on Thursday, March 16. (*Open to dance students of all levels.)

Gee holds an MFA in dance choreography and performance from Sarah Lawrence College and specializes in African dance techniques, Caribbean dance forms, and modern dance techniques. Robin teaches African and modern dance classes at UNCG, and conducts residencies throughout the country in Dance Appreciation and Dance History. Ms. Gee has performed with several New York-based dance companies, including Les Ballet Bagata Maimouna Keita Dance Company and the Cinque Folkloric Dance Company, where she served as choreographer and artistic director for 15 years.


For more information, contact:

Effie Tsengas,, 330-672-8398