This Martin Luther King Day, stop by Joffrey Tower for an African Dance Master Class hosted by the Academy of Dance - the official school of the Joffrey Ballet - and led by Joffrey teacher Andrea Vinson. This family-friendly class is a fun, accessible introduction to African dance appropriate for all experience levels. Students learn a variety of dance steps to the accompaniment of live drummers. Andrea Vinson, lovingly known to her students as “Mama Andrea,” has been in the dance profession for over 25 years. She has performed for numerous venues, including theater, television and film. Presently she is the Associate Artistic Director of Najwa Dance Corps, a teaching artist with the Joffrey’s Middle School Dance Club, the lead artist with After School Matters, and a master teacher with Chicago Public School’s All City Dance Ensemble. Her teaching credits include colleges, elementary and high school, park districts, arts organizations, dance studios, professional dance companies and theatrical productions.
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