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This project serves as a model/pilot program of collaboration between Plymouth State University Dance Division and General Education Creative Thought Directions and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire that focuses on creativity and identity. It engages students in both higher education and k-12 public schools in dance performance/lecture/class with professional artists. It is built around the teaching and performance opportunities created by New England Foundation of the Arts artist, hip-hop dancer, choreographer and theater artist Sokeo Ros, who will be in-residence, 10/18/16 - 10/21/16 in connection with AANNH. As a dancer, Sokeo offers the arts discipline most underrepresented in our schools and communities.

From Refugee Camp to Project is Sokeo's one-man show (and also the title of this project) that tells the story of an individual who survived the refugee camps, thus making it to the United States where he lived in a low-income neighborhood that was filled with gangs, poverty and violence. Through hiphop dance, traditional Khmer dance, theater and story telling, he shares experiences and stories from the refugee camps and urban life, showing how he has tried to stay away from the negative aspects found within his environments. The project consists of 4 distinct parts: 1. PSU student experience (master class/lecture demonstration) with NEFA artist Sokeo Ros for students enrolled in any dance technique course and/or students enrolled in DNDI2500 Hip Hop Performance and Culture 2. Subsidized lecture demonstration by Sokeo Ros for 2 - 3 middle/high schools in central and northern NH 3. Public performance of Sokeo?s work in North Conway, NH at Kennett High School where students (from public schools and PSU) will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with Sokeo on 10/21/16. 4. Post performance workshop for k-12 students and teachers created and implemented in the schools by PSU dance division faculty in connection with dance division students enrolled in DN3500 World Dance DN3270 Advanced Modern Dance and DN4010 Dance Practicum.


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