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African American Dance Company 20th Annual Dance Workshop

African American Dance Company 19th Annual Dance Workshop


The African American Dance Company (AADC) presents the 20th Annual Dance Workshop on March 23 and 24, 2018, at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center at Indiana University.

The mission of the workshop is to expose participants to dance from the perspectives of African American culture and the broader African Diaspora through master classes, panel discussions, and enlightening dialogue. The workshop will include dance classes exploring West Indian, Afro-Cuban traditional and popular, African styles, and contemporary modern dance.

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All classes will be held in Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (NMBCC), located at 275 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN.

View a printable version of the schedule here.

Friday, March 23, 2018

12:00 p.m. Onsite Class Registration Opens Bridgwaters Lounge
2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m Panel Discussion: "Black Dance as Global Dance"
Free & Open to the public

Time Class-Artist Location
4:00 p.m. — 5:15 p.m. Afro-Cuban — Milagros Ramirez
West Indian/Jamaican — Alfred Baker
NMBCC Grand Hall
9:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m. Late Night Bantaba — Stafford Berry & Iris Rosa
African diasporic dance & drumming celebration
NMBCC Grand Hall

Saturday, March 24, 2018

8:00 a.m. Onsite Class Registration Open Bridgwaters Lounge

Time Class-Artist Location
9 a.m. — 10:15 a.m. Afro-Cuban — Milagros Ramirez
West African — Yaa Bekyore
Kinesthetic Mindfulness — Stafford Berry
NMBCC Grand Hall
10:30 a.m. — 11:45 a.m. Street Jazz — Cesar Valentino
West African — Yaa Bekyore
West Indian/Jamaican — Alfred Baker
NMBCC Grand Hall
12 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. West Indian/Jamaican — Alfred Baker
Salsa/Casino— Milagros Ramirez & Rogelio Kindelan-Nordet
Vogue— Cesar Valentino
West African— Yaa Bekyor
NMBCC Grand Hall

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 20th Annual Dance Showcase Celebration NMBCC Grand Hall
7:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m 20th Annual Dance Workshop Reception & Anniversary Celebration
Free & Open to the public
Willkie Center Auditorium


You must register and pay to participate in the Dance Workshop classes.

Workshop Registration Fees

  • Full Registration (Friday & Saturday): $120
  • Saturday Classes Only: $70
  • Friday Classes Only: $45
  • Single Class: $25

Click here to register online today!

Onsite registration will be available in the NMBCC Bridgwaters Lounge on Friday 12-5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.



How to apply for a scholarship

Students must submit an application and be able to fulfill the Scholarship Student Requirements & Workshop Protocol in order to be considered a scholarship.

Only high school students (grades 9-12) with a 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply.

Scholarships fund the full workshop registration (all Friday and Saturday classes and activities) and lunch and dinner on Saturday. Scholarships do not cover transportation to and from Bloomington, local transportation, additional meals, or lodging.

Deadline to apply: Monday, February 26, 2018

Apply online today:

With questions, email

Artist Bios

Dance Artists

Alfred Baker

Alfred Baker was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He began dancing at the age of six and embarked on his first tour of the West Indies by the age of 10. Baker received his first professional dance training from Mr. Alan Ivanhoe, who was trained by the National Dance Theatre of Jamaica. In 1971, Baker founded and served as artistic director and choreographer of the Western Jamaica Folk Dance Co. in Chicago, which later evolved into the West Indian Folk Dance Company to be more inclusive of other Caribbean nationals. Baker has held a prominent position in Chicago for more than two decades for his contributions to African diasporic dance and folkloric music, and he remains a vital part of the Chicago cultural arts education community.

Yaa Bekyore

Evelyn Yaa Bekyore is an internationally known dancer and teacher. She has toured with Ghana's Saakumu Dance Troupe for more than 10 years as a senior performer and artist. Bekyore has worked with international contemporary dance choreographers, such as Shani Henderson and many others at the Dagara Music Center. She is a graduate under the training of the renowned musician Bernard Woma, a teacher at the Dagara Music Center, and has collaborated with many choreographers in Ghana, Burkina Faso, and the United States. She has also worked with the African American Dance Company as a guest artist, teacher, and performer in Ghanaian traditional dance for the last six years.

Stafford Berry

Stafford C. Berry Jr, (Baba Stafford) is director of the African American Dance Company and a professor of practice in the Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University Bloomington. He is an accomplished artist, educator, activist, and scholar of African-rooted dance and theater, and aesthetics. Prior to coming to IU, Baba Stafford was an assistant professor of dance and black studies at Denison University. He toured 12 years with Chuck Davis' African American Dance Ensemble for which he was associate artistic director, and he was on faculty at the American Dance Festival. He is also co-director of the Berry & Nance Dance Project, an all-male contemporary African dance company.

Milagros Ramirez

Milagros Ramirez is a native of Cuba. She received a B.A. in Dance at the Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, Cuba, and an M.A. at the Instituto Superior de Arte, in Santiago de Cuba. Ramirez is trained in Yoruba, Congo, Rumba, and dances of Oriente. She was the lead dancer and General Artistic Director and Choreographer for 18 years for the Ballet Foklorico de Orient Cuba. She has 35 years of experience as a teacher, worked internationally in Europe and the United States, and has a publication focused on Franco-Haitian dances. She has taught courses in Folk Methodology and Dance, Theory of Afro-Cuban Culture and world dance, and Cuban dances in Santiago de Cuba and Grenoble, France.

Iris Rosa

As founding director in 1974, Iris Rosa served as director of the Indiana University African American Dance Company for 43 years. Ms. Rosa is Professor Emerita in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at IU Bloomington. Her specialty is choreography and teaching jazz, modern and contemporary dance from the perspective of the African American and African Diaspora. Ms. Rosa has choreographed shows at the Madame Walker Theatre Center, Phoenix Theatre, Civic Theatre and Theatre On The Square. She has traveled and researched dance movement in Ghana and Ivory Coast, West Africa, Puerto Rico and Havana, Matanzas and Guantanamo, Cuba. She is artistic director of Sancocho and Seda Negra (Black Silk), a dance company that combines traditional Latin American and contemporary modern and jazz dance traditions.

Cesar Valentino

Cesar Valentino has been dancing for 35 years and began vogue dancing in 1983. In 1988, he quickly became a fixture in the underground ballroom and club scene where he won several coveted trophies. He landed a spot on the Deep In Vogue tour with Malcolm McLaren throughout Europe in 1989, appeared in music videos with artists such as Toni Braxton, Carmen Electra, and K7s in "Hi De Ho" to name a few. Valentino appeared in Jennie Livingston's Paris is Burning documentary, Voguing, The Message, and Vogue Classique. Working as a runway coach for models and modeled professionally for over 15 years, Valentino appeared in fashion publications for Gear, Details, Vanity Fair, and Blue Magazine. He served as a judge and taught vogue workshops at Funkin' Styles Berlin Germany, Meeting Hip Hop in Sao Paolo Brazil, and House Dance International. His classic old way vogue style with grace and precision earned him the respect of his peers when he was presented the Marcel Christian Legend award in 1991.


Anthony Artis

Anthony J. 'Tony' Artis, aka 'Baba Amoah', is a native of Kokomo, Indiana, and has lived in Indianapolis since 1978. He began studying trumpet at age 12, bass guitar at age 15, and African percussion in 1990. He has studied in various cities in the U.S., Ghana, West Africa, and Cuba, and is now a Babalawo (priest of Ifa). He is an African drum maker, owner, and operator of Amoah's African Drum Works and Coal Bin Productions. Tony is a teaching artist with Arts for Learning and a Master Artist with VSA Arts of Indiana. He is the founder and artistic director of Ori and percussionist for Sancocho: Music and Dance Collage.

Andre Rosa-Artis

Andre 'Fuego' Rosa-Artis was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and began his percussion studies at the age of seven. He has studied Afro-Cuban percussion in Matanzas, Havana, and Santiago, Cuba. His primary interests are Afro-Cuban congas and bata, and West African djembe and djundjun. Andre also plays with various Latin jazz and salsa bands. An accomplished percussionist at an early age, Andre is developing a regional reputation and is available for private instruction. You can contact him by email at

Rogelio Kindelan-Nordet

Rogelio Kindelan-Nordet is from Guantanamo, Cuba, and is an accomplished dancer, vocalist, and percussionist in the following styles: Merengue Haitiano, Rumba, Gaga, Palo, Vodu, Tumba Francesa, Tajona, and Chancleta. He earned his degree from the Centro Nacional de Superacion de la Ensenanza Artistica (CNSEA) in Havana. Kindelan-Nordet became director of the Folkloric Studies Department at CNSEA from 1982-1985, and acted as Professor of Folkloric Percussion at CNSEA, Pablo Milanes Foundation, and La Escuela Nacional De Artes. His performance career includes lead percussionist for numerous groups including Projecto Folklorico, Banrara, Ballet de Belgium, and Conjunto Folklorico Cutumba de Santiago, Cuba. Kindelan-Nordet currently resides in Texas teaching, accompanying, and conducting dance and music workshops.

Raul Padro

Raul Padro was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. His music interest grew as he traveled with his family through Europe as an "army brat." He has been a musician for 37 years—full-time for 20 years and semi-professional for 17 years. The trapset is his primary instrument, but he also plays Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian percussion, including congas, timbales, and bongo. His favorite music is Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian and is currently playing with Sancocho: Music and Dance Collage, Direct Contact, and many other ensembles. Raul is available for private instruction, and you may contact him at

Clifton Robinson

This is Clifton Robinson's third guest artist appearance at the AADC Annual Dance Workshop. Robinson is a member of the West Indian Folk Dance Company under the direction of Alfred Baker and Fay Lawrence. He is an accomplished percussionist having researched and studied the various hand drums of the African diaspora, and performs vocals. Robinson has taught African Caribbean percussion at Chicago State University and DePaul University Theatre School. He is currently the Artistic Staff Musical Director for Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, a prominent African and African American dance company.


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