International Circus & Dance Celebration Workshops
Athena He-DeMontaron began training in Chinese traditional dance in 2005 under her mother, XiaoSong He, founder and director of the Little Lotus Company in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was a principal dancer and soloist with the company from 2011 until she graduated in 2019. Over her 14 years at the company she has trained in a variety of dance styles including: Chinese folk, traditional dance, contemporary, and classical dance. Within the traditional dance style she has trained extensively in minority dances such as: Dai, Mongolian, Tibetan, Xinjiang, Miao, and Korean. He-DeMontaron has also won several awards and accolades for her work during her time with the Little Lotus Company.
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Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts to create a unique full-body experience. African slaves developed Capoeira to be form of resistance and preservation of culture during slavery in South America. Today this art is used to build community and foster diversity. During this class, participants will be exposed to the fundamental elements and movements of Capoeira.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Reba Bowens has been working with dance and capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian art form incorporating acrobatics, martial arts, music, and dance in Charlotte communities and schools. After attending a public art middle and high school for dance, she continued her dance studies at Winthrop University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She holds a Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from Winthrop University. She has had the opportunity to work with Caroline Calouche, Gaspard & Dancers, Moving Spirits Inc., Triptych Collective, Rachel Barker, Sarah Ingel, Megan Payne, Eric Mullis, and many others. Along with dance, Reba has been an avid practitioner of martial arts. She studied Shaolin Kempo Karate for 14 years and attained the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. For the last 10 year she has focused her studies on capoeira which has allowed her opportunities to travel to Russia, Brazil and various places across the United States. For Reba, movement allows for infinite creativity and exploration with body and mind and she hopes that she can share this message with others. Outside of her creative practices, Reba is a nonprofit administrative professional working with various organizations in Charlotte and surrounding areas.
Shefalee V. Patel is an artist and a traditional Garba dancer. Garba is a form of dance originating from the state of Gujarat in the country of India. She has been dancing this art form since the age of four and has been a participant, national award winning choreographer, a judge for the last 2.0 years and has chaired a 500 participant National dance competition in Charlotte. Each year she continues to share this art form with school groups, festival goers, and various other workshops. In the class participants will learn authentic Garba with the intricate clapping and snaps. They will learn Be-taali (2 clap) and Tran-taali (3 clap) Garba steps.
Throughout history juggling has gone from being a unique talent in ancient Egypt to royal entertainment during the Renaissance and everything in between.
Beloved globally for her kind and loving teaching style, Kumu Mālia is a revered kumu hula and lomilomi practitioner. A traditional graduate under Kumu Hula Puluʻelo Park, she completed her hula ʻuniki in 2002 and studied oli under Kumu Hula Keola Lake. For two decades, Kumu Malia has passionately taught hula and lomilomi to students of all ages, leading her halau, Nā Hula Ola Aloha. With a unique approach, she intertwines lomilomi, hula, pule, oli, and lei-making in her 128-hour Puana Lomilomi program. A member of Ka Pā o Lonopūhā, she shares native Hawaiian healing arts, emphasizing lomi aʻe and elements of haki kino, laʻau lapaʻau, and hoʻoponopono. Kumu Malia, an ambassador of Hawaiian culture, has presented at various institutions and is currently engaged in historical novel research on the Kawehewehe and Kalia area. Grounded in the land, she finds inspiration in the 'āina.
Moko Jumbie (Stilt Walking)
Kaisokah Moko Jumbies U.S.A inc. is a stilt dancing group that was formed by three young men in 2010 who shared the love for stilt dancing and its culture. Kaisokah Moko Jumbies U.S.A. Inc. has 15 members and growing, ranging from the ages of 4-25. We have members from Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada,Jamaica and with families from the different islands like Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.