Nov 9th, 2-3:30
Rujeko Dumbutshena is a Zimbabwean-born dancer, teacher, and performer who specializes in Neo-traditional and contemporary African dance. She is currently on the dance faculty at the Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico. Rujeko has directed African dance conferences and performances and has been invited to be a part of numerous productions, workshops and conferences around the world. Her artistic career was propelled by being an original ensemble member in the Broadway musical production of FELA!. She was an artist in residence at the University of Rochester in November 2015 and Duke University in April 2016 and 2018 and is a recipient of this years Albuquerque Creative Bravo Awards
Participants in her workshops will learn movements inspired by traditional Zimbabwean dance. Rujeko’s style of movement reflects her dance experience as an original ensemble member of FELA! The Broadway Musical, as well as her study of West African, Congolese, modern and ballet techniques. She is passionate about teaching the rhythmic intricacies embedded in Zimbabwean dance traditions in a manner that is accessible to people trained in various dance styles and levels. Students will have the opportunity to internalize the style and rhythms of a dance form that is rarely seen performed or taught!