Master drummer and dance instructor Ezra Barnett will offer a master class for students and HWS community members in the Barn at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. Barnett, who will host other events next week as well, will lead participants in an introductory-level Jamaican Dancehall workshop.
“This is a lively, colorful kind of dance style that speaks to Jamaican voice and the national identity and culture of that nation,” explains Assistant Professor of Dance Kelly Johnson, who visited the Edna Manley College for Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica last July, and recruited Barnett for this visit.
“Ezra can teach and prepare drumming in a truly authentic way,” Johnson says.
During his stay, Barnett will work with students in Johnson’s classes. The HWS community is invited to attend Johnson’s DAN-140, “Introduction to Global Dance Forms” class on Monday, Feb. 1 and Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 1:25 to 2:50 p.m.
The workshops welcome those interested in both dance and music. No experience is necessary to attend the classes, but a special invitation is extended to those interested in practicing drumming with Barnett. Musicians will then have the opportunity to continue their work with Johnson’s courses next fall.
These events are made possible with support from the Dance Department, Intercultural Affairs, Student Activities, Caribbean Student Association, Sankofa and Koshare.