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Iris Rosa

Iris Rosa

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Director of the African American Dance Company
Alma Mater: MS, Indiana University, 1974
Phone: (812) 855-8079, (812) 855-6853
Office: Ballantine Hall, 508; Neal Marshall Black Culture Center, 310-J

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A100 African American Dance Company, A102 Introduction to Black Dance Styles, A221 Dance in the African Diaspora, A300 Jazz Dance Movement Styles

Creative Activities, Teaching and Engagement:

African American Dance Company 40th Concert Celebration, April 12, 2013 at the Buskirk/Chumley. Go to the African American Arts Institute Website to find out more information! African American Arts Institute

Fall 2012/2013 - Creative Activities/Choreograph and Performances African American Dance Company (AADC)

Potpourri of the Arts in the African American Tradition
Saturday, November 10, 2012, Buskirk/Chumley Theatre
            Dreams of Past and Present - This piece examined the subconscious mind of a dreamer that senses discontentment and oppression after a peaceful sleep.  Performers included:   African American Dance Company, Joyce Bekyore – Senior Dancer of Saakumu Dance Troup from Ghana, Africa.

˜African American Dance Company Studio Concert
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:30pm, Willkie Auditorium
Performers included:           African American Dance Company, A221-Dance in the African Diaspora, IURaas, Sancocho:  Music and Dance Collage, Evelyn Yaa Bekyore – Senior Dancer of Saakumu Dance Troup from Ghana, Africa.

˜African American Dance Company Spring Concert
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Buskirk/Chumley Theatre
Cryptograms of Past and Present - The piece utilized pedestrian, traditional African and improvisational movements within the contemporary modern dance genre to convey and express a story that represents the past and present state of association or disassociation that people have with each other.

˜Indiana University Dance Theatre Presents: Global Perspectives
Friday and Saturday, January 10 and 11, 2013 at the Ruth N. Halls
Unfinished Journey (Choreography by Iris Rosa) This piece illustrated the forever changing migration and immigration patterns of peoples in the African Diaspora. African influenced music and songs that possess diverse rhythms and melodies from Brazil, Cuba and Haiti accompany and accentuate the search for movement and identity. Drawing from contemporary modern and African influenced movements, aesthetics and expression, the narrative is personal and Global.

˜Afro Latino Jazz –Unheard Rhythms Of An Untold Culture
Pavel and Direct Contact and Sancocho:  Music and Dance Collage (Artistic Director)
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN

˜Community Engagement performances with African American Dance Company
AADC at Ivy Tech on Thursday February 14, 2013
AADC at Stonebelt on Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fall 2012
A100 African American Dance Company
A221 Dance in the African Diaspora

Spring 2013
A100 African American Dance Company
A399 Black Dance History

Summer 2013
Ghana Overseas Study course – one of the program leaders
May 7-June 9, 2013
Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA)

Guest speaker and lecturer for various courses in Latino Studies, African Studies, I.U. Contemporary Modern Dance Program and Butler University

African American Dance Company 15th Annual Dance Workshop (Developed and Coordinated workshop)
Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, 2013
Professional dancers and practitioners included:
-Dr. Sheila A. Ward - a tenured Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science at Norfolk State University.
-Mr. Baker founding artistic director and choreographer of the Western Jamaica Folk Dance Co. which later evolved into the West Indian Folk Dance Company
-Mr. Kindelan Nordet - an accomplished dancer, vocalist, and percussionist in the following styles of Merengue Haitiano, Rumba, Gaga, Palo, Vodu, Tumba Francesa, Tajona and Chancleta.
-Ms. Bekyore - an internationally well-known dancer and teacher who has toured with the Saakumu Dance Troupe for over 10 years as a senior performer and artist. 

Top Twenty II Mentoring Program
Guest teacher, coordinator, mentor

Participant in a Latino Art Show

Specialty – Photography

African American Dance Company

Sancocho: Music and Dance College