NJPAC’S ANNUAL KWANZAA FESTIVAL is back free and virtual on December 18


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center is celebrating Kwanza this year on Saturday, December 18, 2021. This year’s virtual festival will be held on December 18 and will feature online programming inspired by Kwanzaa principles.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Tune in to roundtables on social justice and black theater. Take an online class to explore African dance, liturgical dance, Caribbean dance, capoeira or Afrobeat. All participants should confirm their attendance in advance for events by visiting NJPAC.org.

NJPAC’s FREE annual Kwanzaa Family Festival will engage family members of all ages with activities dedicated to the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. These are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economy), Nia (Goal), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

“We dance, jam, read, talk and connect with the arts from our heart to yours.”

Donna Walker-Kuhne, Senior Advisor, Community Engagement

Free virtual events

New Renaissance of the Black Theater

Sat, December 18 at 10 a.m.
What is the collective responsibility of the next generation of black theater makers as we enter a new age of art? Centered on UJIMA’s Kwanzaa principle (collective work and responsibility), this virtual round table will explore the art of theater and its new renaissance through the eyes of emerging artists and leaders.

The panel will feature a variety of artists, including Nicolette lynch, Managing Director of the Yendor Theater Company, Ashley Nicole Baptiste, Associate Artistic Director of the Jersey City Theater Center, Sheldon Steele, Founding Professor of Performing Arts at the Great Oaks Charter School, and Daryl Stewart, Co-founder of Vanguard Theater Company. The conversation will be moderated by Ricardo khan, Tony Award-winning artistic director and co-founder of the Crossroads Theater Company. Our panelists, who are also members of the New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color network, will explore topics such as balancing artistic practices and leadership responsibilities, creating new opportunities for collaboration, and preparing the next generation. artists to what the future holds.

Virtual Kwanzaa Movement

Sat December 18 at 11 a.m.
Ujima (collective work and responsibility) Explore a variety of virtual dance workshops to celebrate Kwanzaa. Movers of all skill levels are welcome!

West African dance – Explore traditional African dance with a contemporary twist in this full body workout featuring live musicians. Get ready to sweat and have fun!

  • Sandella Malloy – Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Sandella Malloy is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. For over twenty-five years, she was artistic director of the Harambee Dance Company which she co-founded with her husband, Frank Malloy.

Capoeira – Join us for a multigenerational and multilevel virtual workshop on Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira. The course is designed to encourage self-expression through movement, music, strategic thinking and structured play.

  • Jana Burton (Contramestra Amazonas) – Jana Burton, also known as Contramestra Amazonas, is one of the highest ranked African American women in capoeira in the United States and has also taught philosophy, movement and song of capoeira across the country. international in the Caribbean, South America and Africa.

Afrobeats – Get ready to learn Afrobeat steps steeped in West African choreography, hip hop, jazz, funk and dancehall! Come and sweat that you will not forget with the rhythms of popular music from Nigeria, Ghana and all over the African continent.

  • Adeola Fashina – An educator with over 15 years of experience, Adeola Fashina is a Renaissance artist and director of an arts-based after-school program called Expression Through Our Lenses. She is thrilled to be teaching Afrobeat at NJPAC for the third year in a row.

Liturgical – In this spiritual session, you will learn tangible tools for experiencing a religious connection through dance.

  • Kandice N. Point-Du-Jour – With over 21 years of teaching experience in the NJ public school system, Kandice N. Point-Du-Jour is dedicated to providing students with high quality dance education. quality. Kandice is a member of Pastor Lawerence Powell of the Agape Family Worship Center, where she is director of the dance ministry.

Caribbean – Experience a rousing dance and fitness class filled with Caribbean sounds and movements! You’re guaranteed to have a good time and burn calories while you’re at it.

  • Stéphanie Antoine – Since 2014, Stéphanie Antoine has been a certified Zumba instructor passionate about women’s health and empowerment. She is the proud owner of Dance Fitness with Stephanie, LLC, where she serves the community as a health and wellness coach, and is also licensed to STRONG Nation (HIIT), Cardio Kickboxing, and Xtreme Hip Hop.

Health and well-being in the black community with the divine 9

Sat December 18 at 2:30 p.m. |
Inspired by the Kwanzaa principle of Umoja (unity), this online discussion panel features local representatives from each of the original nine black sororities and fraternities, collectively known as “Divine Nine”. This panel will explore how the African American community has been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, political disunity, economic disparities and access to equity in the workplace.

Participants will include Dr. Sean Flynn (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.), Dr. Kordai DeCoteau (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.), Dr. Derrick I. Wallace (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.), Dr. Karma Warren (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.), Dr Michael Murry (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.), Vesta Godwin Clark (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.) and Dr Carlos Rodriguez (Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.). ).


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