African Dance Workshop with Movement of the People Dance Company

Saturday, July 27, 11:00am-12:30pm

Come explore movement styles of the African Diaspora including West African, Hip Hop, House and Afro-Brazillian dance with Movement of the People Dance Company (MOPDC)!

Joya Powell, Artistic Director of MOPDC, is a choreographer and educator passionate about community, activism, and dances of the African Diaspora. Joya is the recipient of The 2016 Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Bessie Award. Hailed by The New York Times as a “radiant performer;” throughout her career she has danced with choreographers such as Paloma McGregor, Katiti King, Neta Pulvermacher, Marsha Parrilla, Donlin Foreman and Paco Gomes.

Her choreography has appeared at venues such as: BAM Opera House, Meet the Artist Saturday’s at Lincoln Center, SummerStage, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, FLICfest 2016 (commission), York College in Toronto, Casita Maria (AIR 2014-15), The Performance Project @ University Settlement (AIR 2012-13), Dance on the Greenway (commission), chashama (Resident Artist at Anita’s Way), The FLEA, The Outlet Dance Project in NJ, Riverside Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, Casa del Prado Theatre in San Diego, Montgomery College Theater in Maryland, The Hammerstein Ballroom, Dixon Place, and BAAD!. Joya is dedicated to connecting cultures, creating socially conscious choreography and community engagement.

This workshop is for all skill levels, ages 10+; it is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so registration is recommended. To reserve your spot, sign up at the front desk, call 908.273.4242, or email

Made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.