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Asyia teaches Belly Dance fusion classes at Parkland College, Springer Cultural Arts Center and Phillips Recreation Center. New beginner and intermediate classes start every semester. Additional classes may include Choreography, Isis Wings, Veil, Fan and Zils, Fan dance. Asyia also offers workshops and/or at performance at your gatherings, such as weddings, birthday, retirement, showers, bachelorette parties and more!She has been teaching Fitness and dance for more than 12 years and has studied with several extremely talented teachers.

Djibril Camara is from the Baga people, originally from Boke, Guinea in West Africa. He spent his childhood dancing and began his formal training at the National School in Guinea’s capital, Conakry. Djibril was a principal dancer and choreographer for the international touring company Ballet du Afrique Noir of Senegal, as well as Troupe Federale Conakry and Ballet Bougarabou for 17 years, traversing Europe and Africa. Eventually his talent brought him to the U.S. for Ballet du Afrique’s presentation of the Mandika Epic on notable stages such as New York City’s Kennedy Center. For the last ten years he has shared the love of his culture and high energy traditional dance across the U.S., choreographing, teaching, and performing.

Djibril currently offers weekly West African dance classes in Urbana, and is also available for booking for private lessons, workshops, or performances.

Primarily known for her vocals (jazz-spiked folk and avant garde/noise) and songwriting (dubbed "soulful indie rock"), elizaBeth also specializes in collaborative projects for adults and children. Her other key areas of expertise include storytelling and printmaking (stencils, silkscreens, blockprints)

Shyama offers belly dance lessons of several varieties for beginning and intermediate learners. Lessons are made to fit each student, and are paced as the student needs. Additionally, Shyama can be booked for performances as needed.

Lessons can be held on weekday evenings and flexible times on weekends. Shyama is happy to provide private or small group lessons in her home when she is available. Generally lessons last one hour, but exceptions can be made.

Available Lessons:

Beginner's Fusion
Intermediate/Advanced Fusion
Basic Choreography (learn a simple dance of Shyama's, or build one to your own music with Shyama)
Advanced Choreography (learn a complex dance of Shyama's, or build one to your own music with Shyama)
Metal Choreography (learn one of Shyama's personal metal choreographies)
Sword Dance
Veil Dance
Belly Dance with Zils (finger cymbals)
Poi/Voi Spinning (space allowing. May have to be held outdoors)

acoustic rock band from the CU area playing covers and some originals too. made up of veteran area musicians.

Shyama Anima ("Dark Soul") is a belly dance duet from Champaign, IL which formed through the meeting of the dancers Shyama and Anima. Both dancers are fans of all things metal, and all things belly dance. And so,  why not combine the two? The dancers share a dark, tribal fusion style of belly dance, with previous study and experience in all styles.​

Shyama Anima performs in various settings, from on stage with metal bands to traditional belly dance Haflas. The dancers can do improvisational dance, choreographed dances to your songs, or they have their own set of songs to perform. Please contact Shyama Anima for your next event, and we'll bring our unique dance to liven it up!

Full Biography for Nicole Anderson-Cobb, PhD

Nicole Anderson-Cobb, Ph.D. is a Chicago native who grew up on Chicago’s Southeast Side in the Calumet Heights community. Dr. Anderson-Cobb earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1995), a Master’s degree in History (1998) and Doctorate of Philosophy in History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2007).

In addition to her work as a public intellectual, Dr. Anderson-Cobb is also an award-winning playwright and CEO/Founder of Samaritan Road Development Corporation (SRDC). Thus, SRDC is an umbrella non-profit entity for plays, courses and workshops that seek to promote reflection, dialogue, conflict resolution and personal, group and community transformation.

Because of Dr. Anderson-Cobb’s ongoing commitment to gun violence prevention, she was recruited by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) and will be serving as the Outreach Coordinator for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) for the 2012-2013 year.

Regarding her theatrical production, Dr. Anderson-Cobb’s play “TANGLED”---which examines the impacts of gun violence on post-Obama Chicago---was one of four winners of the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest sponsored by the New York City’s Castillo Theatre who staged the world premiere of “TANGLED” in August 2010. For more information, check out: http://www.castillo.org/index.html

During fall 2010, “TANGLED” was also one of the featured plays at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Afro 212/Theatre 263 courses taught by Professor Kathy Perkins. A formal reading of the play was held on December 9-10, 2011 for a program entitled “Staging Black Chicago: An Evening of Readings” December 8-9, 2010 at the UIUC Armory Free Theatre under the direction of Professor Kathy Perkins.

In April 2011, The Metropolitan Chicago Synod's South Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) hosted a reading of "TANGLED" as a the final event of their 2011 Lenten Mid-Week Services.

In June 2011, “TANGLED” was also selected as a featured play for Readers’ Theatre Series of New Plays at the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in August 2011.

In July 2011, “TANGLED” was also selected as a featured play and hosted as a reading for Chicago State University’s ArtLab: A CSU Theatre Collective In Partnership with ETA Creative Arts Foundation. The reading will occur on November 4, 2011.
In the spring of 2012, TANGLED enjoyed a full eight-week production in Chicago from March 29-May 20, 2011 at ETA Creative Arts Foundation in Chicago.

For media and reviews of TANGLED, check out: http://www.samaritanroadproductions.com/tangled-buzz-media-coverage-of-t...

For audience responses to TANGLED at ETA, check out: http://www.samaritanroadproductions.com/the-people-have-spoken-chicago-a...

In June 2012, there was a reading of TANGLED at Howard University in Washington, DC as part of the 2012 DC Black Theatre Festival.

In August 2012, “TANGLED” nominated for recognition in two areas by the Black Theatre Alliance Awards 2012 of Chicago : Best Leading Actress in a Play (Drama or Comedy)---Cynthia Faye Carter---Tangled---eta Creative Arts Foundation; Best Sound Design---Mahmoud Khan---Tangled---eta Creative Arts Foundation.

In addition to preparing for productions of TANGLED, Dr. Anderson-Cobb is also currently preparing her new play CAMPUS JIHAD for production. “CAMPUS JIHAD” is a full-length play/dramedy that examines the experiences of Muslim students of diverse races at a huge fictional state institution. This play is also quite timely as it is situated at the fault-lines of heated national debates around immigration, community and citizenship, race relations and Islam, the impacts of gun violence on campuses and in local communities---all of which impact the climate and mission of institutions of higher education.

CAMPUS JIHAD will be a featured play in the New Works Reading Series at the DC Black Theatre Festival on June 22, 2013.

Regarding her other theatrical work, Dr. Anderson-Cobb has also written a one-woman play, “Black Reign?: Survivin' the Obama Years”, which she performed with the American Blues Theater in Chicago during February 2010. She also performed excerpts from the show and was interviewed on American Public Media’s “The Story with Dick Gordon”. Listen to the interview during the second half of this program at: http://thestory.org/archive/the_story_995_Geoff_Edgers.mp3/view (March 2010).
“Black Reign?” was also featured in an article entitled “Black Home Chicago” published In These Times magazine (May 2010), a national progressive magazine based in Chicago. Learn more about the article at: http://www.inthesetimes.com/archives/covers_ind/34/05/

Dr. Anderson Cobb also serves as a reader for the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest for New York City’s Castillo Theatre during the 2010-2011 & 2011-2012 competitions.

For addition information or future correspondences regarding her presentations, lectures, workshops and creative work, please contact:

Nicole Anderson Cobb, PhD
1717 W. Kirby
Suite #371
Champaign, Illinois 61821
Email: samaritanroad@gmail.com
Website: http://www.samaritanroadproductions.com/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samaritan-Road-Production-Company/1257407...
Twitter: @sandals60617

Self taught metal sculpture using only Harley and American motorcycle parts to create unique sculptures. Started from his own bike build in 2006 using left over parts good enough to go on a bike but now worth selling, I decided to have some fun and create a statue towards donating to a childrens benefit, to this day this piece still comes back every year and has raised over $9000. With overwhelming responses towards my first piece, I decided to set some goals.... first to raise $50,000 for Veteran and Children benefits, second to see how long it would take and third to make something so beautfull it would make an entire benefit cry. Reached all these goals last October in 2012, $64,000 raised, took 6 1/2 years to do so as well as made a piece that teary-eyed everyone.. The Orndorff Cross! Since October have been published world wide by Easyriders magazine as well as V-Twin, so with I accomplishing my goals, I set new ones..... out to do this for a living as well as creating bigger and better pieces. I just recently came back from my first major show down in Daytona Florida at bike week where I sold Internationally as well as had 14 different magazines shoot my work with all magazines telling me they had never seen anything like it, the crowds response was overwhelming with nothing but positive comments and I was an incredible draw the entire event. I am in the process of working on LIVE performances where I go into Motorcycle dealerships and turn their garbage into one of a kind creations towards the charities of their choice figuring the GO GREEN aspect would be a plus as well as not leaving behind what got me to this point, the charaties. NEVER wanting to stop putting my good foot forward, just wanting to do it on a larger scale... if my art can raise $64,000 locally, I wonder what it could do world wide! I am also doing commision pieces towards companies, weddings and whatever else comes my way in hopes that one day... I will accomplish my new goals.

Not looking for fame or riches Chicago representer, T.R.U.T.H is looking to be heard and noticed. She has been writing poetry and raps since the age of 7. Hip-Hop is her first love and she works hard everytime she grabs the pen to ensure she is honest with herself and her craft. She recently has began applying her skills in front of the mic exclusively and hopes ears will open wide to listen to her story and the new talent she prepares to bring to the game. So pay close attention and you won't be upset you did. Welcome a true emcee...T.R.U.T.H and witness dopeness.
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The Yellowjacket Stringband is from Urbana Illinois and includes Kate Fritz on fiddle and banjo, Claire Johnson on fiddle, and Tom Turino on guitar, banjo, and accordion. Come hear what all the buzz is about and enjoy an eclectic mix of old-time, blues, Irish, and Cape Breton tunes!
Email us at yellowjacketstringband@gmail.com

The Yellow Jackets play regularly at C-U venues like Buvons, Chmapaign and Urbana libraries, and the Iron Post as well as for local and midwest regional contra dances.

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