Dill Costa, skilled performer of Samba dance and faculty member of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, will be traveling to campus with musician Heitor Garcia to give series of dance workshops.
Associate Professor and Chair of Dance at Knox Jennifer Smith has planned Costa’s visit specifically to work with students in the course Cultural Perspectives in Dance. Since a primary goal of the course is to explore dance forms outside of Western practices, Smith hopes that Costa’s visit can help expand the academic program. Costa will also be working with students enrolled in Contemporary Dance I and music students from the Music in the African Diaspora course.
Sophomore Claire Cody, Dance Program Secretary and student of Cultural Perspectives in Dance, shared her excitement for Costa’s visit. “I think that inviting professional dancers from different cultures and walks of life is extremely important for including the dance program in the well-rounded, diverse education that Knox boasts of,” she said.
While some of the workshops are exclusively for students enrolled in dance courses, the entire Knox community will have the opportunity to participate in Costa’s campus-wide workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. Regardless of ability or experience, all Knox students are encouraged to attend.