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Foundation in Africanistic Movement

with Caroline Muraldo

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The aim of this unique class is to bridge the gap of physical understanding between European dance and dances of African heritage. This is done by teaching the basic movement characteristics that allow for the authentic execution of any dance forms of African heritage.

Caroline Muraldo has a depth of experience in African and Caribbean dance traditions, and formal training in Contemporary and classical ballet. Her teaching focuses on the characteristics common to dances of African heritage that are contrary to European traditions. This extends to and informs her methods of teaching, which are not akin to European norms.

Caroline has developed a class which is the first of its kind.

What are the Basic Africanistic Movement© characteristics studied?

  • Maintenance of lower centre of weight to enable effective articulation of torso
  • Overall emphasis into the ground rather than upwards
  • Polyrhythmic
  • Polycentric
  • Poly-dynamic
  • Isolations/poly-isolated
  • Attack-commitment to movement yet maintaining appropriate subtlety
  • Relaxation of non-active body parts
  • Improvisation specific to confines of particular tradition.
  • Tends to emphasise activity of the torso equally or more than limb gestures.
  • Tends to exhibit constant body pulse.
  • Inextricable interdependent relationship with musical accompaniment

The classes feature weekly vocabulary aimed at developing and re-educating muscle memory. This experience and understanding is later applied to a dance form to enhance learning. Dance forms will be from The Caribbean, Africa or from the Muraldo D.C repertoire.

TIMETABLE

Thursdays
11 Apr – 25 Jul
7.30 – 9pm

PRICES

£20 weekly drop in
£15 or £12.50 (concession) per class if booking full term.

To book email muraldodc@hotmail.com or call 07596 757706


Teacher

Caroline Muraldo

Caroline Muraldo is the artistic director of the Christian dance company Muraldo D.C formed in 1999. The company performs traditional dances from both Africa and the Caribbean, dance pieces to a wide range of current musical forms, in addition to a wide range of dance pieces based on biblical themes.

Caroline is an experienced professional dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, also having worked as a singer and actress, holding two degrees in dance studies also in dance studies. She has worked with most of the renowned British based exponents of African and African-Caribbean dance forms.

She has created many events and courses to celebrate and explore the richness of Caribbean dance forms including her annual Caribbean dance course held in the Caribbean, festivals, seminars, and performance events.

She currently teaches in a variety of educational establishments, working with ages ranging from nursery school through to elders both nationally and internationally. This includes her post as visiting lecturer at Surrey University where she taught for 10 years on the first Dance and Culture degree for which she has developed her three-year degree module entitled ‘An Introduction to Africanistic movement’.

A significant part of her work is dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation of traditional black dance forms with a special emphasis towards traditional Caribbean dance and forms which she intends to be the central area of interest for doctoral research work.

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ACCESS AND AMENITIES AT SDS

Siobhan Davies Studios is mostly accessible, with lifts to all floors. There are two accessible parking spaces available on site which can be booked in advance. Blue Badge parking is also available nearby on West Square and Garden Row (for a full map visit the Southwark Council website). Our main door is power assisted.

Amenities include: 

  • Changing facilities* 
  • Communal showers* 
  • Lockers
  • Toilets / wheelchair accessible toilets 
  • Kitchen: tea and coffee making, fridge, and microwave

* Our changing facilities and showers are not fully accessible. Our closest publicly available and fully accessible changing facility is at The Castle Centre, a leisure centre 0.3 miles away from the studios. You can find full details of their features here.