DanceFlurry presents Revolutionary History of Blues, Soul, and Funk

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The program is sponsored by the Outreach Committee of the DanceFlurry Board, Will Anderson, Chair, and planned in collaboration with June Bischoff, who has been organizing Albany Lindy and Blues events in collaboration with the DFO.  The DFO slogan is “Connecting and Inspiring Through Traditional Music and Dance” and the purpose of the program is to expand our understanding of a range of traditional music and dance genres.

Every genre of Black music, intrinsic to the growth of American popular music, informs the next generation of music listeners and performers about the black experience. From the way it sounds, to the way you move with it, and the way it continuously challenges the black social issues of today and yesteryear, Black music cannot be separated from its roots of oppression and celebration. Come learn the key threads of Black history that link the blues, soul, and funk genres together and how it forms the basis for future genres of Black music.

The program will be presented by Kenneth Shipp, the Event Advisor & Executive Director for the Ujima Blues Foundation.

Kenneth hails from St. Louis, MO, and is an instructor who grew up dancing hip hop and breakdancing before jumping into Blues.  For the past few years, he has been passionately studying the family of Blues idioms, incorporating his nerdy personality along the way. Kenneth’s life experiences inform his dancing and he wants his students to walk away with a better historical and contextual understanding to exhibit it in their dances.

The event will be streamed via Facebook Live from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (EDT).  A Facebook account is not required to watch the program. https://www.facebook.com/danceflurry/live and the session will also be broadcast at Twitch.tv/commandership as an alternative.

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