Hip Hop Workshop with Shakia | Monday, June 24, 7:30-9pm
$17 or a card punch, $14/college students & seniors
Shakia Johnson, born and raised in Springfield, MA, is a graduate of the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School and Dean College. She received her teaching artist certificate from the National Dance Institute in New York in 2009. Shakia has choreographed and directed more than 40 hip hop, modern, African and lyrical works that have been performed at Trenton Educational Dance Institute, Rider University, the Princeton School of Ballet and the Bates Dance Festival. She has performed for numerous hip hop events and has opened for concerts by Fat Joe, Jadakiss, 112, Charlie Baltimore, Kima from Total and Omarion. In 2005, she choreographed a hip-hop number for a Boston Celtics half-time show. She has toured the U.S. and abroad dancing with Face Da Phlave Entertainment and Illstyle and Peace Productions. Shakia is an alumnus of Bates Dance Festival’s Young Dancers Workshop and was selected for Bates Dance Festival’s Emerging Choreographer program in 2006. She has taught at PVPA, Williams College, and Connecticut College, and currently teaches at Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and UMass Amherst. Her classes engage with the history of hip hop through its evolution of movement.