Ivyana Yvette Robinson is a young female artist, evolving in the dance world. Ivyana was born in Boston, MA. She began her dance journey at the age of 2, taking classes at The Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts. She is currently attending University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). She is majoring in dance performance and choreography, and will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2022. Since she has been at UMKC, she has had many dance opportunities. She has performed with Tristian Griffin Dance Company as a guest performer in “Palimpsest II”, in 2020. She also performed with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company as a guest performer, in early 2020. In 2004, Ivyana and her mom moved to the midwest, where she spent the majority of her childhood and teenage years training at DancExcel Champion Center for Creative Arts Education, Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, Ayodele Drum and Dance, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She studied various styles of dance including, Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap, West African Dance, and Hip-hop. Ivyana has performed in several stage productions, dance competitions, and on National Television, making an appearance as a dancer on Windy City Live, and Channel 7, participating for 3 years in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago. Ivyana has also attended Chicago High School of the Arts, in the Dance Conservatory receiving additional training in Flamingo, Horton Technique, Graham, Contemporary Jazz, West African Dance, and body conditioning. As a part of the requirements as a dance major at ChiArts, Ivyana had to do a summer dance intensive every year. She had the opportunity to attend Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (2 yrs.), and Orlando Ballet. She graduated from ChiArts at the top 10% of her class as a National Honors Society member in Dance Arts.
WHAT THEY ARE PRESENTING
Rhythmic Conversations is an exploration of music and dance using basic elements such as body, action, space, time, energy, rhythm and more, to create sound and movement phrases. Throughout this class, rhythms will be created from the body to allow conversation and communication as these rhythms are being played. We will be building dance language and movement literacy as we explore the conversations between music and dance. (healing)