Charis Humphrey

A native of Buffalo New York, I grew up listening to house music, R&B, disco and hip hop as well as punk rock, alternative music and some classical. I began dancing at age 3 at Western New York academy of dance and later at Clark Academy. Throughout my time at Clark Academy I studied ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and modern. While studying Journalism and Mass Media at the University of the District of Columbia, in my own time I studied Horton and Matt Maddox technique of the modern and jazz techniques respectively and danced with two local companies. In 2016 I left my position as a store manager at Buffalo Exchange in Washington D.C.’s Georgetown district to study at the Martha Graham School in New York City’s village area. My professional life at Buffalo Exchange afforded me a lot of leadership training and development. This development instilled in me ways to activate a team, delegating responsibilities in projects, instructing and breaking down reports, projections and information to a group of diverse people and character types and getting a team engaged in themselves and their development. I currently teach ballet to 3-5 year olds and modern to 11-15 year old girls at Configuration Dance Theatre and School of Ballet. I am currently a media intern at the Western New York Clean Air coalition and an organizer/volunteer for Black Love Resists in the Rust. I see this New Artist position as an opportunity to open up the voices of youth in a humanities based workshop that encourages arts, critical thinking with emphasis on inclusion of world view, big picture resolution tactics, language context and associations whether based on genre, brand, looks, or historical fact for informed decision making skills. The final performance is an opportunity for group and community audiences to build depth of relations and interests through theater, art, language and expression. The group will show themselves that they can bring people together. They will gain insight and vision to how all art forms are a reflection of the times, peoples movements and actions.

PROGRAMS

Movement In Humanities

We will start each class with physical exercise based on dance/yoga conditioning, we will then move on to modern/jazz based movement stemming from the philanthropic movements of Katherine Dunham and the early modern technique of Martha graham. We will then switch to the language exercise which will explore how we feel when we engage in new movement and what other experiences those feelings relate to in life.

Students will learn about American culture from an artistic stand point. They will further develop critical thinking for informed and intentional decision making in today’s world.
Students will learn foundations of dance and movement and develop ability to express ideas through dance.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., refined, respectful, polite, diplomatic, condescending).
  • Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.

Grade Level: 3-12
Audience Limit: 30
Workshop cost (back to back): $196.00

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