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Umoja Clique

Performances in
World Arts West Programs
West African Dance and Hip Hop
Disciplines
Kpanlogo
Instruments Used
Gankogui
Umoja means Unity in Swahili, and Umoja Clique is a collaborative unity which highlights the African roots and affinity with Hip Hop. Please see link to Hip Hop as well as the Ghanaian dance Kpanlogo (linked at left), for information on the elements involved in their performances. Caprice Armstrong, a skilled performer of African dance and founder and Artistic Director of youth company based at Destiny Arts, Imani's Dream, takes on a collaborative process with Kory Watkins, founding director of Housin' Authority. This conversation between African tradition and African American innovation promises to be exciting and enlightening as well as a lot of fun!

Caprice Armstrong has been teaching at Destiny Arts Center since 1999. In addition to teaching dance techniques, Caprice also teaches students love and respect for themselves and others, and creates a high-energy environment for any child or young adult to enjoy. Her goal is to teach youth to become positive artists. She comes from a dancing family headed by father and renowned Ghanaean scholar and artist, C.K. Ladzekpo and has also trained in modern, jazz and hip hop.

Kory Watkins, aka Kato Kidd, has been with Housin' Authority since its inception. Housin’ Authority is recognized for their purer, less commercialized underground hip-hop style that encompasses b-boying, popping, locking and freestyle, consciously leaving out balletic leaps and jazz turns. Their style incorporates hip-hop, break dancing and martial arts into a choreographed and freestyle structure performed to homemade music mixes.

These two, along with Naomi Bragin, director of Destiny Art Center's project DREAM (Destiny Redefining Education through Art and Movement), and other dancers, comprise this unique clique that brings unity to diversity.

 



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