Arts/Culture

Jazz Brunch @ Dot 2 Dot, May 15

Hear live jazz from Muse Stew at Dot 2 Dot on Sunday, May 15th and enjoy a delicious brunch! Featuring guest cellist Liz Ehrman! The band will play from 12 - 2 p.m. Brunch is served from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. >> Read More

Tolieth Marks at Dot 2 Dot Café, May 13

Dot 2 Dot Café invites you to enjoy live music on Friday, May 13 courtesy of Ms. Tolieth Marks. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica & Woodbridge, Virginia, Ms. Marks will play a wide range of styles from jazz and gospel to R&B and soul/pop. Bring yourselves and any desired beverages, hear music and eat great food. Restaurant open from 6 p.m., and the music begins at 7. All are welcome. Expect to see twinkling lights and holiday spirit. Contact Karen Henry-Garrett with questions; call the cafe at 617-436-2368 to make reservations. Location and additional info after the break. >> Read More

Write on the DOT reading series, May 3

Locals, get to know your writers. Writers, get to know your locals. Join your fellow literary aficionados on Tuesday, May 3rd at the first "Write on the DOT" reading of poetry and fiction by UMass Boston Creative Writing MFA students and local Dorchester writers. The reading kicks off at 7 p.m. at The Blarney Stone Bar/Restaurant in Fields Corner (1505 Dorchester Ave., 1 block from the Fields Corner T Stop on the Ashmont Red Line). Come raise a glass and join your neighbors as our readers unfurl beauty and darkness, ideas and inspiration. Tuesday's readers are: Rad Thie, Kurt Klopmeier, Andra Hibbert, Betsy Gomez, Zachary Bos, and Mark Rotondi. If you're a writer living/working in Dorchester and would like to read at an upcoming Write on the DOT, please send an email to dotreadingseries@gmail.com - we'd love to hear from you. For more info, visit http://www.writeonthedot.blogspot.com/.

And Still We Rise Theatre Production, May 6

And Still We Rise is a collaborative theatre project dedicated to healing, public awareness, and social change through empowering the voices of formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones. Join this powerful theatrical event on May 6th at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. 

And Still We Rise will weave their story-telling into performances that move audiences to greater understanding and compassion for the struggles of these and other individuals who get caught up in the criminal justice system then strive to rebuild their lives. The public is invited to enjoy these moving stories and poetry on Friday evening. Donations are gratefully accepted. >> Read More

Wyoma Dance

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

502 Ashmont St, #3
Dorchester, MA 02122 

Phone: 

617.823.6053

Mission: 

Wyoma is a performer and facilitator of African and healing dance, as well as a body/mind consultant. For over twenty-three years she has taught and conducted workshops in a wide range of contexts throughout the United States. She has also worked in Africa and New Zealand. Central to her approach is the transformative and organic nature of African Dance, and the recognition of our body's own inherent wisdom. Wyoma honors dance as a healing and spiritual endeavor, and has become a creative force for transformation among her students, audiences, and associate performers.

How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

To book workshops, residencies or performances please phone (617)822-0528 or email wyoma@wyomadance.com.

Key Programs Offered: 

African Healing Dance Video
In 1997 Wyoma, created and danced the lead role in the African Healing Dance video, produced by SoundsTrue, Inc. The instructional program of six traditional African and Caribbean dances performed by Wyoma and her dance group Damballa uses Wyoma's unique teaching style to provide audiences with a high energy and user-friendly dance class at home. As facilitator of African Healing Dance ("spirit movement"), Wyoma provides a non-judgmental atmosphere in which we can explore our own natural rhythms and our relationship with ourselves, each other, the animals, and elements. Wyoma helps people gain the confidence and ability to connect with their own rhythm and movement. This organic movement is healing and transforming to the spirit and the body.

Facilitator and Teacher
As a teacher of traditional African Dance, Wyoma incorporates into her classes an understanding and value of culture deeply rooted in community. She encourages students to respect each other, listen, be aware of space, and pay attention to breathing. Students are connected to the culture through dances, drumming, and songs that relate the rich African history. Wyoma's repertoire includes dances from Guinea, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo/Zaire, South Africa and other Sub-Saharan countries as well as Haiti and Brazil. Her classes include opportunities for students to experience their own natural movement, spirit, and sense of humor through improvisation.

Wyoma facilitates Kwanzaa workshops and celebrations intended for children as well as teaches African based movement for workout classes at spas and retreat centers.  

Body Mind Consultant
Wyoma has over thirty years of experience as a massage therapist. Additionally, she has been practicing Yoga since the age of 18, receiving her teacherís training in Yoga in 1978 from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Montreal, Canada. She provides private consulting for physical, mental, and emotional health. Wyoma works to inspire creative problem-solving, increase body awareness, improve muscle tone and flexibility, rejuvenate, empower, and heal individuals.

Wyoma has worked with educators, students, individuals, and groups, utilizing dance therapy/healing dance, stress management techniques, intuitive healing massage, guided imagery, meditation and yoga.

Dance Project Manager
Wyoma initiated and managed the Ford Foundation funded Tudhaneni Dance Project in Namibia, Africa in 1998-1999, and consulted for the project in 2000.

The Tudhaneni Dance Project, located in Ongwediva in northern Namibia focuses on "building the future from the past" by fostering the interest and awareness of young people in the importance of dance as a medium for cultural expression in post apartheid Namibia. Working with dance groups at the local teachers' college, youth centre, schools throughout the region, and in rural villages, Tudhaneni aims at revitalizing traditional dance among young people by bringing elders and young people together to share their skills. 

Consulting and Advising in the Arts

EARTH WALK NATURE LEARNING CENTER
Advisory Committee Member
Moab, Utah | 1998-present

Emphasis on the arts for private non-profit youth development program based in Moab, Utah (summer camp) and Denver, Colorado (school year-service learning component). Program focuses on leadership skills, cultural exchange, environmental awareness and community responsibility for inner city "at risk" population. 

Created: 
04/19/2011

DAC Breakfast, Apr. 15

Are you ready for your audience? Presenter Anna Koon is a full-time professional artist, writer, creative coach and Jamaica Plain Arts Council board member. She will present a talk titled “The Basics of Open Studios” and give a brief overview of her workshop "Now What.” The discussion is designed to help all artists make the best of Open Studios or any other event in which they are involved.

$5 cover for Karen's delicious fresh scones, coffee, tea, juice and fresh cut-up fruit. Dot2Dot Café is located at 1739 Dorchester Avenue, on the block between Welles Ave & St. Mark's Church. Come by from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.! If you have any questions, please contact DAC at info@dac-online.org. See you there! >> Read More

Danza Contemporanea de Cuba at the Strand, May 26

The Educational Travel Alliance, Mass Humanities and Dance for the World Community present the internationally acclaimed Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. This highly-anticipated U.S debut tour includes performances at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Joyce Theatre in New York, and a special grand finale in Boston at the Strand Theatre! 

DCC will perform at the Strand on May 26 at 7 p.m. To learn more about the performance and to order tickets visit www.DCCboston.com. You can also order tickets over the phone at (866) 811-4111. The Strand Box Office will be open the day of show from 10:00 a.m until 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact 866-811-4111 or the Strand Theatre at 617-635-1403, http://strandboston.com. >> Read More

New England Urban Music Awards at The Strand, Apr. 30

The 6th Annual New England Urban Music Awards are coming to the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner on April 30, 2011. This year the event is titled, "A Tribute to Women in Music". Come celebrate women in the music industry who don't get enough recognition for all of their hard work and dedication in the performing arts. The award show will also feature special live musical performances by local artists. Awards will be given out for a wide variety of genres including Spoken Word, Gospel, DJ, Dance Choreographer, Radio Personality, Carribean, Rap and more! You can vote for just your favorite Jazz, Rap, Spoken Word, or R&B artists until Saturday, April 9. Vote here

Ticket prices range from 35-40 dollars. Do not miss the hottest show of 2011; purchase your tickets today! Each section is general seating so you will want to arrive early.  Special discounts are available for children under 12 ($20) and seniors over 65 ($30). Discounted tickets must be bought at the Box Office with valid ID. Purchase tickets online here. Tickets will also be available at Skippy Whites, A Nubian Notion Inc., and The Strand Theatre Box Office (starting April 24).

"Allegorical Outfits, Fool's Play" at Hancock 309, Apr. 9-13

"Allegorical Outfits, Fool's Play" presents contemporary art and live performances created by SMFA Queer Students taking place at the SMFA and two new Boston galleries.

Works at the intersection of photography, video, performance, painting and sculpture cite references and influences from surrealist women painters, sculptural fashion, Leigh Bowery's expansive drag, Care Bears to ACT UP and Queer Nation’s theatrical protest tactics and graphics. A range of imagery and material can be found in these lively and sophisticated works by young artists: architectural pillars covered with crocheted elements and colored Vaseline, a sculpture made from bland beige carpet topped by a fish, Gatorade packages refashioned out of lead, stylized colorful photos of boys with floral themes and a hand made wooden chair with plumbing. >> Read More

Sweeney Todd FREE at the Strand, Apr. 7 - 9

MCPHS DNActors Presents: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The community is invited to view Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece for free at the Strand Theatre on April 7, 8, and 9. Admission is free & doors open 15 minutes before each performance. For more information, call 617-635-1403.  

Thursday, April 7th at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 8th at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 9th at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. >> Read More

The Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Road

DorchesterMA02125

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