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The WoodShed Online Dance Platform provides an opportunity for interactive artistic engagement, training and performance opportunities.  Technique classes in  contemporary dance forms, improvisation, performance, cultural organizing, and dance composition are available. 

Instructors 

A'Keitha Carey

CaribFunk Fitness Instructor

A’Keitha Carey is a Bahamian Dance Educator, Performance Artist, Choreographer, and Scholar. She attended Florida International University where she completed my B.A. in Dance and later received an M.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University.  She holds a Certificate in Women's Studies at Texas Woman's University and a Dance Certification in K-12 in  the state of Florida.  She is currently pursuing a Certificate in African and African Diaspora Studies at Florida International University. She have published widely in peer reviewed journals and books on the  dance technique CaribFunk that I developed. CaribFunk is a  fusion of Afro‐Caribbean, ballet, modern, and fitness principles and rooted in Africanist and Euro-American aesthetics and expressions. 

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Elísio Pitta

Afro Brazilian Contemporary Dance

Elísio Pitta 
Dancer, Choreographer, Artistic Director - Born in Salvador, Bahia, Elisio Pitta began his studies in the arts at 12 years of age. At sexteen he began his professional career. His experiences include: dance, music, theatre and cinema. Mr. Pitta studied and worked with renowned masters of Arts from various parts of the world, among them: Mestre Waldemar da Paixão; Raymond King; Clyde Morgan, Lia Robatto, Arthur Hall, Maria Fux, Rubens Cuello, Alvin Ailey, Maurice Bejart, and Neide Aquino, among others. * Elisio Pitta has acted as guest artist in several Ballet companies outside of Brazil: Miguel Angel Maguiña, Peru; Ballet of XX Century, Belgium; Maria Fux Dance Company, Argentina; Geni Le Gon Dance Ensemble, Marang Drum and Dance Ensemble, Guarany Music Company, Pacific Motion Dance Company and Axé Brazil, Canada; Olatunji's Drums of Passion, Bakra Bata Drum and Dance Ensemble, Ocheami African Dance Ensemble, Spectrum Dance Theater, USA; Kinetika Arts Links, England, Resurrection Dance Theater, Haiti. Mr Pitta is the Arts Coordinator for Instituto Oyá in Brazil, also the founder Artistic Director and resident choreographer for Companhia C Danca Negra Contemporânea and the Executive Director for the Centro de Articulação e Referência em Dança Negra – CARDAN Brazil. In 2008, he was inducted to the Hall of Fame – Who is Who in Dance, by the International Dance Council in Paris, France. He is a current member of the Conseil International de La Dance – CID UNESCO. Currently, live in Sao Paulo where he is acting as resident technique teacher for the Ballet Stagium, conducts classes and workshops throughout the state, and has founded in 2018 “SOLOS Contemporary Dance Collective a touring program. São Paulo, March of 2020.

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