Scholars, dancers, to hold workshop

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For Immediate Release Contact:
Leslie Weddell

(719) 389-6038



Cultural significance, how to do the shake to be covered in interactive workshop

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – April 22, 2013 – What is the real Harlem Shake, how did it evolve and what is its cultural significance?

Find out at a panel discussion, performance and Harlem Shake workshop to be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Richard F. Celeste Theater in the Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., on the Colorado College campus. The event is free and open to the public.
A panel featuring Heidi Lewis, assistant professor of Feminist and Gender Studies at Colorado College, and Takiyah Nur Amin, assistant professor of World Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, will discuss the historical and scholarly background of the Harlem Shake, as well as a cultural studies perspective of the dance. The panel will be moderated by Roger Smith, director of minority and international student life at Colorado College.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a performance by four professional dancers from New York, who specialize in contemporary hip hop and breaking. They will then lead an interactive Harlem Shake workshop with audience participants.

Panelist Heidi Lewis’s teaching and research interests focus on feminism, gender and sexuality, women’s writing, African American literature and culture, critical race theory, Critical Whiteness Studies, Critical Media Studies and popular culture. Her most recent project focuses on contemporary tragic mulatto narratives, noting that women with black fathers and white mothers highlight the father-daughter relationship in order to illuminate the unique relationship between race, gender, and class.
The second panelist, Takiyah Nur Amin, is a prominent scholar in dance studies. Her scholarly and teaching interests include Black performance and aesthetics, Black feminist thought and activism, 20th-century American concert dance and academic concerns in the teaching of global dance traditions. Her work has been published in Dance Chronicle, Western Journal of Black Studies, the Community Arts Network and the Journal of Pan-African Studies. She also has forthcoming pieces in Conversations Across the Field of Dance Studies and the Journal for the Anthropological Study of Human Movement.
The dancers who will be performing and leading the workshop are:

  • EsXence; ZuluSteel, (Michael Forde) from the legendary Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. He has been performing and traveling the world for more than 20 years, and took the Harlem Shake and locking to the township of Soweto in Johannesburg South Africa. EsXence is the only Zulu dance specialist in America, and performs with some of America’s high profile companies including Juxtapower and Step Afrika.

  • Bam, The Liquid Robot (Peter Arizmendi), was born in the Lower East Side and has been performing since he was 9. His choreography credits include Nike with Derek Jeter, Coca Cola Lite, Sprite and Triple 5 Soul Clothing. Bam has performed with celebrities such as Aretha Franklin, Donnie McCurklin and Omarion; film credits include “Perfect Holiday,” “Krush Groove” and “White Men Can’t Dance.”

  • Beasty (Jennifer Acosta), born and raised in the Bronx, gets her stage name from the high energy and character she expresses in her performances, which include hip hop, breaking, locking, modern, street jazz, salsa, African, krumping and wacking. She has opened for numerous well-known rappers such as Jim Jones, Ludacris and Nicki Minaj.

  • Kid Glyde (Victor Alicea), from Queens, is the president of the acclaimed NYC b-boy crew, The Dynamic Rockers, which he not only inherited, but also has revived. He has appeared in acclaimed dance movies such as “Step Up 2 & 3,” and the b-boy documentary “All Out War.” He is the son of legendary Glyde of the original Dynamic Rockers and has been breaking for 16 years, starting with lessons from both his father and Kid Freeze.

The event is sponsored by Campus Activities, Race and Ethnic Studies, the Collaborative for Community Engagement and the Office of Minority and International Students.

For information, directions or disability accommodation at the event, members of the public may call (719) 389-6607.
About Colorado College

Colorado College is a nationally prominent, four-year liberal arts college that was founded in Colorado Springs in 1874. The college operates on the innovative Block Plan, in which its approximately 2,000 undergraduate students study one course at a time in intensive 3½-week segments. The college also offers a master of arts in teaching degree. For more information, visit

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