SUMMIT, NJ - Exploring movement styles of the African Diaspora including West African, Hip Hop, House and Afro-Brazilian dance, The  Connection will host a free African Dance Workshop with Movement of the People Dance Company on Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The workshop will be led by Joya Powell, Artistic Director of the Movement of the People Dance Company and recipient of The 2016 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Bessie Award

Hailed by the New York Times as a “radiant performer;” Powell's choreography has appeared at venues such as: BAM Opera House, Meet the Artist Saturday's at Lincoln Center, SummerStage, The Bronx Museum of the Arts and many more. She has also choreographed such Off-Broadway and out of state plays as: JOB by Thomas Bradshaw (The Flea Theater), The Brothers Size by Tarell A. McCraney (Luna Stage, NJ), Fit for a Queen by Betty Shamieh (The Classical Theatre of Harlem), and True Bible Tales by Robert Askins (Jewish Plays Project/E. 14th St. Y) 

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Powell is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Wesleyan University, a part of the Artistic Resource Group for The FLEA Theater, a collaborating member of Dance Caribbean Collective, and choreographic collaborator of Table Theater + Radical Evolution. She received her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University, and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University. Powell is dedicated to connecting cultures, creating socially conscious choreography and community engagement.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited so registration is encouraged. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Taina Bey at, call 908-273-4242 or stop by The Connection at 79 Maple Street in Summit. 

This workshop is made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.