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Soft Shoe: A Soulful Percussive Dance (no taps)

Join early Carolina Chocolate Drop Sule Greg Wilson for this special offering! Motown choreography, created by Cholly Atkins, a master of Class Act Tap, inspired the world to dance Soul. In this workshop, participants will experience the approach to physicality that underpins the Post-African percussive dance tradition, via Tap Dance’s funky folk form of steppin’: Soft Shoe. We’re gonna have a funky good time (and even learn what that means!).

American griot Sule Greg Wilson digs for deep, strong roots. Steeped in both African and Post-African cultures, Sule built his base as a researcher and performer for the International Afrikan-American Ballet (1977-1982) and the African-American Index Project (1991-1994); as an archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (1986-1989) and at the National African-American Museum Project (1994-1995). As a performer, he has carried this focus into collaborations with a diverse group of artists: Taj Mahal, Mike Seeger, Reginald R. Robinson, Sankofa Strings/Carolina Chocolate Drops, Tony Trishka, Ruthie Foster, Babatunde Olatunji, Peter Rowan, and Joe Thomson to name a few. Percussion, banjo, dance and storytelling are Sule’s chosen tools for cultural archeology and you are invited to dig with him.

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