414 Boogie on Down: Applying Kinesiology to Umfundalai African Dance Technique

Thursday, March 15, 2012: 2:15 PM-4:15 PM
Convention Center: Ballroom B
Presider: Mary Ann Laverty, Woodside High School, Newport News, VA
Panelists: Glendola Yhema Mills, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA; and Sheila A. Ward, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA
This beginner level interactive dance workshop is designed to explore key anatomical and biomechanical considerations of basic movements within the Umfundalai African technique to increase participants ease of movement and optimize movement efficiency in any African dance class. Highlights include: importance of dance culture knowledge, potential sites of stress and/or injury, proper breathing/placement/alignment, strength training concepts within Umfundalai, and strategies to adapt African dance to a variety of body types.