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April 26, 2013

Ghanaian dancer to perform, give workshop

Godwin Abotsi, a traditional dancer from Ghana, will present a pair of events at the State University College at Oneonta showcasing West African drumming and dancing this weekend.

On Saturday, Abotsi will give a West African dance workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Large Rehearsal Hall of the college’s Fine Arts Center.

On Sunday, he will be a featured performer at the college’s second annual West African Drum and Dance Showcase, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hunt Union Ballroom. The showcase will include performances by the SUNY Oneonta World Percussion Ensemble and Riverside Elementary School teacher Ken Sider’s third-grade class.

Both events are open to the public, with a suggested donation of $3 or one nonperishable food or household item per person.

Last year, Abotsi had a semester-long artist-in-residence with the SUNY Oneonta Music Department. In addition to working with students in the college’s World Percussion Ensemble and children from Riverside Elementary School, he presented several workshops and community performances.

Abotsi began his dance career at 18, when he was selected for a pilot community-based arts program directed by the National Commission on Culture in the Accra, Ghana, community of Mamobi. Since then, he has worked with several performing groups and traveled to Austria, Germany, South Africa and South Korea to pursue his craft.

Both events are sponsored by the SUNY Oneonta Music Department, Center for Multicultural Experiences, Office of International Education, Office of Dean Thomas, Office of Provost Thompson, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

More information is available from Assistant Professor of Music Julie Licata at 436-3441 or julie.licata@oneonta.edu.

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