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The Five Elements of Dance | KQED Art School

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How fluent are you in the language of dance? Here we detail the five elements that all forms of dance and creative movement have in common: body, action, space, time and energy. Being able to identify and understand these core characteristics can help you when talking about a dance performance or can help you get your own messages across through movement.

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Multimedia Performance with Lenora Lee

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In this episode of Art School, tag along as Lenora and her dancers prepare for a series of performances at Asia Society in New York City. Hear about the genesis of her current multimedia performances and the impact the local Chinese community has had on her artistic practice. Then follow Lenora Lee as she leads you through some of the choreography from her performance The Escape. She developed this series of movements in collaboration with her dancers.

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Rashidi Omari: Breakdancing and Beatboxing

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Rashidi Omari is a performance artist, writer, and educator at Destiny Arts Center, a violence prevention and arts education organization in Oakland. Art School stopped by his dance studio to learn more about this dynamic Oakland artist, and find what hip-hop means to him and his students. Omari teaches the basics of beat-boxing and demonstrates basic break-dancing moves.

Music for Social Justice with Aisha Fukushima

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Meet "Raptivist" Aisha Fukushima, who creates music that promotes social justice and travels the world, collaborating with a global network of hip hop artists. As a young child, she felt the microaggressions that are a result of racism and felt that writing was the only place she was truly free of judgment and limitations. She brought that talent to the stage and hopes that it will inspire social progress.

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How to Vogue with Jocquese Whitfield | KQED Art School

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Jocquese Whitfield is a Vogue legend in San Francisco. He is a choreographer and performer who teaches the popular “Vogue and Tone” class at Dance Mission Theater. He has held the winning title at the Miss Honey Vogue Ball multiple times and is also a judge for dance and drag competitions. Here Jocquese breaks down the five elements of Vogue and discusses how the dance form became a lifestyle. Learn the basics from this master also known as Sir JoQ.

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West African Music and Dance with Kwesi Anku

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Kwesi Anku, Kwaku Manu, and Selasi Morgan are performing artists who teach at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA and are members of the Bay Area's West African Music and Dance Ensemble. Originally from Ghana, they came to the US to study dance with their professor at UC Berkeley, Dr. CK Ladzekpo. They stayed in the Bay Area to spread their love of music and dance and to provide opportunities for young people in their community to express themselves, using music and dance as tools for positive change.

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