CLASSES & EVENTS
Indigo Dye Day
COming In February
Textiles are storytellers of history, legacy, as well as, the relationship of the ancient with the contemporary. Kibibi Ajanku is an artist who brings life to these stories through West African-based indigo dyeing techniques. She utilizes visual aesthetic statements to serve as informers, guides and connectors.
Indigo was grown in early South Carolina to produce blue dye that was exported to England for use in the British textile industry. Indigo formed a significant part of the South Carolina economy for approximately fifty years, from the late 1740s to the late 1790s. During that period, indigo (or, more specifically, indigo dyestuff) was South Carolina’s second most valuable export, behind rice. The cultivation and production of indigo also involved the labor of thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—of people in the South Carolina Lowcountry. For this reason, the cultural memory of indigo is heightened among members of the African-American community along what is now called the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
The Indigo Dye Day is dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of the enslaved people who were shipped to the U.S. from Africa in the 1500s to labor on indigo plantations.
This class will be a mix of dance and movement fundamentals across genres. Students will learn dance class etiquette such as dancing in their spot, mirroring the teacher, and taking turns. Students will learn a warm-up and simple stretch, practice pointing and flexing the feet and other ballet basics. Dance and movement will focus on developing coordination and balance as well as gross motor skills (through locomotor movement such as skipping, galloping and chassè). Students will also have the opportunity to build friendships through circle activities that open and close class.
Parents must sign a release confirming they are sending their children to class without any symptoms of the virus, and that they will abide by all the rules and regulations implemented to protect all the students.
Masks: Everyone must wear a mask or facial covering at all times. That means teachers, students and parents.
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