Umfundalai X Legacy - Dance Company Residency

Galloway, N.J. – In honor of a contemporary dance legend, students and alumni of Stockton University’s Dance Company will perform a Pan-African dance tradition on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.

“Umfundalai X Legacy” is an evening celebrating the legacy of Kariamu Welsh and her Umfundalai (Kiswahili for “essence”) tradition. Produced by Umfundalai master teacher Saleana Pettaway, the concert delves into the pan-Africanist lineage of this contemporary dance tradition, fusing artists from Welsh’s Philadelphia-based Kariamu & Company: Traditions alongside current Stockton students and alumni. 

Umfundalai X Legacy
Join Stockton's Dance program for an evening that celebrates the legacy of Kariamu Welsh and her Umfundalai (Kiswahili for “essence”) tradition.

“What Mama Taught Me” situates dance reconstructions from the Kariamu & Company repertory alongside the dances of movement artists inspired by Welsh and the Umfundalai tradition. This concert concludes a weeklong residency of master classes, talkbacks, lecture demonstrations and rehearsals with the Stockton Dance Company.

Called a “pioneer of African dance studies” by the New York Times, Welsh, known affectionately to her students as “Dr. K” or simply “Mama” to those closest to her, built not only a lasting dance tradition now taught across the globe but nurtured artists like Pettaway who are shepherding those ideas into the future.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the general public are $12. Tickets for senior citizens (65+), children under 12 and those affiliated with Stockton University (students, staff, faculty and alumni) are $10.

Tickets are available at the Stockton Performing Arts Center box office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 90 minutes before showtime. Call 609-652-9000.

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