Thursday, February 5, 2009



When: Sat., Feb. 7, 2-6 pm
Where: Arts at St. Johns
4760 PineTree Drive
Miami Beach FL 33140
TIX: $20 at door - $15 online (scholarships available)
Phone: 305-613-2325

$15 - Online


First in a series of Arts and Healing workshops


Tiffany Madera and Charmille Walters


Tiffany Madera and Charmille Walters will lead participants in 2 workshops of modern and Afro-Caribbean dance. The event includes an interactive group discussion.


2 pm - In the Spirit of Modern Dance, with Charmille Walters: This workshop explores common principles of modern dance such as nature studies, fall/recovery, and improvisation as it applies to the healing process. The movement style fuses Limon technique with Caribbean and African folk dance. The workshop leads participants through the process of self-discovery and connection to the divine, with the universal language of breathe, balance and rhythm.

3:30 pm - informal discussion, with light snacks available

4:30 pm - hanan gets back to her Empowerment roots with this interactive and interdisciplinary balady workshop. Using proven, creative unblocking tools, hanan will lead participants into timeless North African and Afro-Cuban dance vocabulary and combinations. Participants will articulate shifts and experiences in a safe learning and healing environment. This workshop is for dancers, artists and citizens of all levels.

Tiffany Madera is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher of Middle Eastern dance. Tiffany created The Hanan Arts Cooperative, Inc. (HAC) as a humanitarian, charitable arts organization based in Miami Beach. HAC has created and produced various programs, including the Dance Empowerment Project, the Cuban Hip Hop Film Festival, dance programs for at-risk teens, the HABIBI project, and the Havana Habibi film and troupe in Cuba. Tiffany is now the Assistant Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Miami. She specializes in performance studies of North Africa and Latin America. She is also the Executive Director of the Mideastern Dance Exchange, 501-C-3.

Charmille Walters is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. As the Artistic Director of Rhythmic Rapture, she developed the Human Emotions through Artistic Living (H.E.A.L) program to provide dance, music, and arts workshops for underserved populations, particularly people who cannot access or attend traditional types of arts experiences. Ms Walters is also the Vice President of the Arts Office Net, Inc. and has recently completed a 3-week residency in Suzano, Sau Paulo, Brazil, where her original work entitled Sua Casa é Minha Casa premiered.

The Dance and Healing workshop is the first in a series of Arts and Healing workshops to be held at the Arts at St. Johns. Later workshops will emphasize visual arts, writing, music, and plants as "arts of healing." Dates to be announced.

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