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Afro-Modern Master Class with Winship Boyd

  • Houston Station 434 Houston St Nashville, TN, 37203 United States (map)

Nashville born and internationally experienced Afro-Modern dancer & choreographer Winship Boyd, will introduce us to the joyful essentials of African dance, in this special 2-hour workshop featuring live music by Sory Diabaté and Agathe Moubmbé. She and her partners will focus on West African movement and rhythms in a simple class structure that integrates both gravity-born and gravity-defying movements drawn from an intimate relationship of our bodies to the earth and with the music.

New Dialect accepts cash, credit, or check made payable to New Dialect. There is no pre-registration required for this workshop. Doors open at 9 AM. Please be sure to arrive with plenty of time to sign in and warm up before class begins.

About the artists:

African dance allows an enormous liberty of dancing in one’s own fashion. As in jazz music, solos and improvisations have a very codified base which is there to be played with. Ultimately we hope that participants will appreciate the beauty and power of this dance and be able to integrate certain aspects into their own way of moving.
— Winship Boyd
  Winship Boyd

Winship Boyd

Raised in the USA, Winship Boyd has a classical dance background. She trained for 4 years at North Carolina School of the Arts and danced professionally with Kansas City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and with Mary Oslund in Portland, Oregon while attending Reed College. In Europe, she attended the Laban Center in London for one year before moving to France. Welcomed into the world of hip hop despite her former training, and touched by the solidarity of this community, she danced with the company 'Impact', selected to dance at La Vilette in Paris before creating her own company Itchy Feet in 1998.

Between 2000 and 2014 she choreographed for the opening parade of the bi-annual Lyon dance festival, La Biennale de la Danse, a dance festival and the largest dance parade outside of Rio de Janeiro. Each time she trained amateurs for a period of 6 months to dance in the streets of Lyon for the big event. In 2014 she worked with four cities and 500 participants. She also had the honour to assist Dada Masilo in her adaption of Swan Lake and to dance before thousands of spectators with the dancers from Masilo's South African company and Lyon's dancers of the CNSM ( National Conservatory). 


Ibrahima Sory Diabaté

Born in Guinea Conakry, Sory has spent the last two decades as a celebrated percussionist-balafonist touring all across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, both individually and as a member of numerous music groups.


Agathe Moubembé 

Born in Lyon, France, the daughter of a professional percussionist and dancer, Agathe was introduced to the world of music and dance from a very early age. Raised with African and Urban influences she has today developed her own musical universe and plays several instruments such as the djembé, dundun, sabar, tama, balafon, kora guitar, and piano.



This class is made possible thanks to


Earlier Event: September 30
Evening Class with Banning Bouldin
Later Event: October 5
Community Classes: Feldenkrais