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Folklore Village Offers Online Folklife Workshops

Thursday, August 20, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ben Bridges

Folklore Village is continuing their summer-long series of folklife workshops with two upcoming online programs, one focused on breathing and holism and another on dancing for elders.

The first workshop, which Folklore Village staff labels as a "master class" due to its heightened academic tone, will feature vocal percussionist and beatboxer Shodekeh Talifero from the Baltimore-D.C. area. According to the event description, "Shodekeh will explore the primary modalities of breathing, including the functional (basic breathing patterns), the expressive (laughter, crying), the kinesthetic (athletics), the artistic (acting), and the holistic (yoga). He'll then examine how breath gets applied, embodied, emulated, and experimented with to create music, dance, and art that responds to our environments. In a time when a pandemic affecting the respiratory system rages through the world and protests spring up responding to the call of Black and Brown people saying 'I can't breathe,' this workshop will be particularly relevant and moving for our current era." Interested participants can register for the workshop, which will take place on Saturday, August 22 at 1:00pm CT, by following the instructions on the website.

The second program is a series of events that take place every Thursday evening beginning September 3. "Dancin' in the Seats!" is a chance for older adults and adults with disabilities to participate in Folklore Village's regular dancing programming virtually. Folk dance instructor Steve Weintraub will lead the dances via Zoom, but DVDs are also available for individuals who would prefer an offline option. Interested participants can register for these weekly events here.

For more information about these events or other Folklore Village virtual programming, please consult their website:

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