Efeya Ifadayo M Sampson

Undergraduate Discipline

Dance

Graduate Program

MFA Dance Program

BFA, Temple University. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Dancer, educator, and performer. Honed her talent as a member of Moving With the Spirit, her parent’s African diasporic dance company for children; continued her formal training at Brooklyn’s Phillipa Schuyler School. Recipient of a full scholarship to the Charles Moore Dance Theatre, under the direction of Ella Thompson Moore, and apprenticeships with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and Urban Bush Women. Work presented as a part of Harlem Stage’s E-Moves. Served as a teaching artist for various arts education programs, including Casita Maria Center for Arts Education and DreamYard. Currently a member of many performance nation/families, where she is immersed in her study and performance of Afro-Haitian, Afro-Cuban, Yoruba, and various West African and contemporary modern dance and music forms. Those venues include Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Movement for the Urban Village, Charles Moore Dance Theatre, and The Ring Shout Music Ensemble. SLC, 2014–

Undergraduate Courses 2018-2019

Dance

Modern and Postmodern Practice

Component—Year

In these classes, emphasis will be on the continued development of basic skills, energy use, strength, and control relevant to the particular style of each teacher. At all levels, attention will be given to sharpening each student’s awareness of time and energy and to disciplining the body to move rhythmically, precisely, and in accordance with sound anatomical principles. Intermediate and advanced students will study more complex movement patterns, investigate somatic use, and concentrate on the demands of performance.

Faculty

African Diasporic Dance

Component—Year

Students may enter this yearlong course in the second semester only with permission of the instructor.

This yearlong course will use physical embodiment as a mode of learning about and understanding African diasporic cultures. In addition to physical practice, master classes led by artists and teachers regarded as masters in the field of African diasporic dance and music, along with supplementary study materials, will be used to explore the breadth, diversity, history, and technique of dances derivative of the Africa diaspora. Afro Haitian, West African, Orisha dances (Lucumi, Afro Cuban), and social dance are some genres that will be explored. Participation in year-end showings will provide students with the opportunity to apply studies in a performative context.

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Graduate Courses

Dance 2018-2019

African Diasporic Dance

Component—Year

Students may enter this yearlong course in the second semester only with permission of the instructor.

This yearlong course will use physical embodiment as a mode of learning about and an understanding of African diasporic cultures. In addition to physical practice, master classes led by artists and teachers regarded as masters in the field of African diasporic dance and music, along with supplementary study materials, will be used to explore the breadth, diversity, history, and technique of dances derivative of the Africa diaspora. Afro Haitian, West African, Orisha dances (Lucumi, Afro Cuban), and social dance are some genres that will be explored. Participation in year-end showings will provide students with the opportunity to apply studies in a performative context.

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