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Penn State to Host Dance Festival

The School of Theatre’s Dance program will present “Mojah Fusion Dance Festival: Innovating, Creating, and Pioneering Dance,” July 28–31, 2011, on the Penn State University Park campus. Directed by Kikora Franklin, assistant professor of dance, and hosted by Penn State’s Dance program, the Mojah Fusion Festival will feature workshops, master classes, and performances by local and national artists whose work is focused on the intersection and blending of artistic or cultural elements. 

Mojah, a blend of traditional modern (Horton), Dunham, and West African movements, is the creation of Terrie Ajile Axam, who began developing Mojah more than 25 years ago and has since taught and choreographed the signature style for her company, Total Dance/Dancical Productions, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga.  Franklin currently teaches Mojah at Penn State and has presented Mojah workshops at universities and conferences nationally and abroad.

Penn State’s festival will feature workshops in various forms of dance, such as Mojah, Dunham, world groove, hip hop, and flow modern. The festival will feature performances and choreography by Axam’s Total Dance Company, University faculty, and guest artists.

All workshops and performances are open to the public.  Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 29–30, in Esber Recital Hall. Tickets are $4.50 at the door. The festival is sponsored by Penn State’s Dance program, College of Arts and Architecture, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Africana Research Center, and the State College Area School District. For more information about the Mojah Fusion Festival, go to www.dance.psu.edu.