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Kevin Iega Jeff Master Class
May 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Choreographer, dancer and educator Kevin Iega Jeff will present a master class at the McKinney Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Spaces for this master class are limited. Ages recommended are teen-adult, including senior adults. Modifications will be made for those need to participate in a sitting position. The cost for this session is $26 for the early bird rate and $36 after the early bird special. Reservations may be made online at mckinneycenter.com under workshops.
Kevin Iega Jeff is co-founder and creative/executive director of Deeply Rooted Productions in Chicago, Illinois. His work has been featured in the Broadway shows Comin’ Uptown and The Wiz, in several films including Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, and on television, to include choreographing for the Academy Awards. Iega began studying dance formally at age thirteen. He trained at the Bernice Johnson Cultural Arts Center, New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts, Darvash Ballet School, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center before matriculating into The Juilliard School. In 2005, Iega was named as one of the Juilliard School’s 100 Outstanding Alumni in celebration of the school’s centenary anniversary. As a dancer he has been praised for his technical brilliance and rigor, his dramatic power, and the singular ability to perform and bridge different dance forms in a seamless manner, whether it be ballet, modern, contemporary, or African American dance. Among his other awards are those from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Council for Culture and Arts, the BTAA Best Choreography Award, and the Chicago Dance Makers Forum Grant. Iega currently serves on the Arts & Culture Transition Committee for Chicago Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot, and is leading the creation of Deeply Rooted’s new home, the South Side Center for Black Dance and Creative Communities.
In addition to his professional works, Iega collaborates on a range of community-engaged projects across the country, including Jonesborough’s latest community play, “We Did It Together” which premieres June 3-12 at the McKinney Center.
The master class session Iega will lead is entitled “Memories in Movement,” which begins with a short dance performance by Iega. He will then facilitate participants in movement and dance exercises, with a focus on discovering the different places that emotional memories are stored in the body besides the brain, exploring how we access and engage with a memory — An incident, event, or experience that may live in the body. In this interactive session, dancer, choreographer and educator Kevin Iega Jeff works with participants to examine the relationship between memory, intuition and the body.
Following the session, Iega will lead participants in a “brown bag” group sharing of the experience. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack or meal to enjoy together during this discussion.
For more information, call the McKinney Center at 423-753-0562. This workshop is sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
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