TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My pedagogical practice rests on the shoulders of a Ghanaian concept from the Akan people called Sankofa; which emphasizes the notion that in order to understand our future, we must first understand our past.  The concept of Sankofa within my pedagogical practice creates an environment for artists to practice autonomy and critical thinking through verbal discourse and movement exchanges to build an understanding of their cultural expressions.

My classes employ Africanist aesthetics such as Polycentrism, Embracing the Conflict and the Aesthetic of the Cool within a contemporary movement vocabulary. This practice facilitates the investigation of an individual's cultural identity through movement which is identified as cultural expressions.  The application of artists’ cultural expressions, such as movement and verbal discourse allows artists to engage in movement in a way that is unique to them.

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