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Brooklyn-based Dance Grenada announced Monday that it will host its second annual Granada International Dance Festival from October 22-24, 2021.

Under the theme “AfroFuturism and Our Heart: Reinventing the Art Form”, Dance Grenade said this year’s International Dance Festival “will take participants on a journey through the African Diaspora through dance with classes, including contemporary Caribbean, traditional folk, Afro-Haitian and hip hop.

“This year’s theme centers around the ideologies of evolution,” said Shola K. Roberts, Founder and Executive Director of Dance Grenada. “What are we as practitioners and curators of this art form doing to advance dance and what steps are we taking to present our art in new ways? “

American-Grenadian dancer, Shola K. Roberts. Kaiem Joseph / Sonix Productions

Using a hybrid model of in-person and virtual classes, Roberts said Dance Grenade will continue to “provide a platform for Grenadian and international dance artists to share and increase their knowledge of traditional and contemporary dance styles and techniques.

“We started this festival at the height of the global pandemic when many thought it was impossible,” she said. “We have been successful and have had a successful inaugural year against all odds.

“Now, in our second year, we’re evolving and still bringing that light,” Roberts added. “We use dance as a tool to engage community, inspire and heal. “

Roberts said the three-day festival will feature nine dance workshops and four panel discussions, as well as dynamic performances.

“Participants in this unique dance festival will enliven and enrich everyone’s dance experience and cultural heritage while enriching the Grenadian dance community as a whole,” said Roberts. “Dance artists, choreographers and educators will facilitate and promote dance performances, preserve cultural heritage and strengthen community engagement. “

Dance Grenade will feature the following internationally renowned teaching / performing artists: Akosua Akoto, Traditional West African (DC / Maryland / Ghana); Chanel DaSilva, Afro-Contemporary (Maryland); Nadia Dieudonné, Afro-Haitian (NYC / Haiti); Cecilia Griffith, traditional folk dance Bele (Granada); Otis Herring, African Styles (New Zealand); Qarrianne Blayr, Modern (Ohio); Alex Peters, Hip-Hop (UK); Shola K. Roberts, Contemporary Caribbean (New York / Grenada); and Keith Williams, Traditional Folklore (Granada).

For more information on Dance Grenade, visit www.dancegrenada.com.

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