Verb & Cleveland Dance Movement present Ghanaian and Colombian teacher artists

Cleveland Dance Movement and Verb present an open community workshop on April 29, 2022 with international artists, El-drick Aboagye and Bryan Andres Salinas!

The evening will begin with El-drick Aboagye from Ghana who will lead an introductory course in the art of African dance. Bryan Andres Salinas from Colombia will then take participants through a salsa lesson for beginners.

The purpose of the program is to raise different creative voices and exchange dance styles. The evening will include two masterclasses by the international artists in residence followed by a welcome reception. Participants of all ages (10 adults) and all skill levels are welcome. Together, the two organizations seek to bring to the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of cultures while finding community in dance.

Friday, April 29 6:00-8:30 p.m. – $10 (registration required)
Verb Ballets Center for Dance 3558 Lee Rd. Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120
Register at verbballets.org

6:00-6:45 p.m. Introduction to African dance taught by El-drick Aboagye

El-drick Aboagye is originally from Ghana and is a second year graduate student in the dance department at Case Western Reserve. He trained extensively in many forms of traditional West African dance and music, contemporary African dance, salsa, kizomba and Ghanaian folk dance. He will share the traditions of African dance with the community moving from traditional Africa to contemporary Africa. This course lasts 45 minutes and is open to all levels.

7:00-7:45pm Introduction to salsa taught by Bryan Andres Salinas

Bryan Andres Salinas joined Verb Ballets in 2022 from Colombia under the International Cultural Exchange Program. He will share South American dance traditions and give a salsa class for beginners! This course lasts 45 minutes and is open to everyone.

8:00 p.m. Meet and Greet Reception with the artists

For any questions, please contact [email protected]

El-drick Aboagye is originally from Ghana and is a second year graduate student in the dance department at Case Western Reserve. He has undergone intensive training in many forms of traditional West African dance and music, contemporary African dance, salsa, kizomba and Ghanaian folk dance, and earned his BFA degree in dance from the University of Ghana. . Aboagye performed with Inlet Dance Theater Summer 2021 for their 20th Anniversary at Cain Park and toured with Djapo Cultural Arts Institute with The Root of it All for the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Ohio. Aboagye spent several years as a principal dancer with Socharart Dance Ensemble and has also performed with Artistic Visions, Ghana Dance Ensemble and Abibigromma. At Case Western Reserve, he starred in works by Gary Galbraith, Pam Tanowitz and Tingyu Xie.

Bryan Andres Salinas began his dance studies at the age of 10 at the Colombian Classical Ballet Institute (Incolballet). In addition to studying ballet at Incolballet, he studied Colombian dances, contemporary dance, jazz and salsa. After graduating from high school, he participated in programs at Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and Manhattan Youth Ballet. In 2015 he joined the classical ballet company Incolballet under the direction of Jose Manuel Ghiso, where he danced at regional festivals and toured nationally and internationally. During his time with the company, he worked with choreographers Anabelle Lopez Ochoa, Tatiana Martinez, Ruben Bañol, Viviana Hurtado and Marcos Rodriguez. He was also a founding member of the company Fundación Ballet Capital under the direction of Julian Garay. Bryan joined Verb Ballets in 2022 as part of Verb’s international cultural exchange program. He will share South American dance traditions with Verb Ballets.

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