BlackLight is a performance ethnography project. We utilize the creativity and critical insight of a multigenerational group of women to reimagine the possibilities for living in under-resourced urban environments.
Connecting to the FREEDOM of the GET DOWN and the SWEET JOY of SURRENDER…
Finding COMMUNITY on the dance floor…
Dancing BODIES elevating SPIRIT…
This is MOCO MOJO! And you can experience it for FREE at Sacred Studio Brooklyn.
197 Clifton Place ‘tween Bedford and Franklin in beautiful Bed-Stuy
Aimee Cox will be teaching free demo classes of Moco Mojo (short for Modern/Contemporary Movement-Joy) the following days and times:
Tuesday, February 14th 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15th 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 16th 8:30 p.m.
Trial classes are all 1 hour in duration
Our moving bodies tell uniquely beautiful and powerful stories. This modern dance class creates an affirming space to explore new ways of moving, feeling and expressing these stories. In the spirit of fun and loving challenge, Moco Mojo integrates movement from modern contemporary, ballet and African diasporic dance vocabularies. We begin with a centering guided meditation that allows us to reconnect with our bodies. The meditation transitions into a feel good methodical warm-up that loosens the joints, awakens the muscles, and begins to free up the spirit. Across the floor phrases may incorporate a range of movement textures including big, space eating movement, quick rhythmic and small gesture work, airy lyrical movement and grounded sensuality. Each class will culminate with a lengthy combination that pushes us to play, experiment, seamlessly flow through different movement techniques, laugh, celebrate our beautiful moving bodies, make community with other dancers in the room, and uncover new ways to tell our stories. The music is banging and the perfect inspired compliment to the magical energy we generate. Moco Mojo provides a doable and fulfilling challenge to all regardless of dance exposure or experience. This is an OPEN LEVEL class.
For me, dance is breath, joy and freedom. Whether we realize it or not, we dance through life. Sometimes the tempo slows down and the steps feel muddled, but in the best of times and in the lightest of days, we move from our hearts and embrace the world with the beauty of our glorious moving bodies. In the jostle and aggression of the city, it is easy to leave our bodies behind. My intention in teaching dance is to remind us to retrieve our bodies, find ourselves and love what we rediscover when we move from the very center of our spirits. I am less concerned with what movement looks like; what interests me is what movement feels like.
I grew up training in classical ballet at institutions like the pre-professional scholarship program at the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music and the Dance Theater of Harlem. I danced professionally and toured extensively with Ailey II/The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and have taught master classes throughout the United States and abroad. In some cases, I felt as if training sucked all of the joy and passion for dance out of me, in other cases I was pushed to reveal myself in dance. I teach with the hope that you will find the courage to show yourself, and have a ball in the process. I believe the dance class must be a space of joy, self-affirmation and community building. We can leave the competitiveness and exclusivity to those who have yet to realize that dance, above all, is love. Currently, I am a professor of performance and African American Studies at Fordham University where my work unites my interests in youth culture, performance practices, the African diaspora, and social transformation. I am also the creative director of a young women of color-led arts activist organization based in Newark, New Jersey called The BlackLight Project. As a proud resident of beautiful Bed-Stuy, it is an honor and a gift to be able to teach at Sacred. I can’t wait to see you at the center of the studio, smiling and shining brightly.
Come out and bring a friend…or three!
Sacred Studio is a brand new, immaculate space frequented by the most beautiful people (inside and out) you will ever meet. The vibe is open, fun, accepting and affirming. This is a non-competitive, community oriented studio where you can push yourself and play. Read the slew of positive feedback on Sacred here. Please contact me or Sacred Studio if you have questions. See you on the dance floor!