Dates: Tuesdays, 4-6pm pst, June 29th, July 27th, and August 17th
This class series, informed by the Daddy Matters (www.joegoode.org/event/daddy-matters) work created by Richard and Jhia Jackson, is a supported exploration of three different choreographic elements of dance: story, music, and movement. Classes can be taken as a single drop-in or as a progressive series: each class will build on the previous and each element can also be explored independently. Much like the Daddy Matters work, this series is open to all who want to move or be moved, and can be taken independently or with family, friends, or colleagues.
Participants will engage in an in-depth exploration of the elements of story, music, and movement to expand and deepen their presence with themselves, their class partner, and others. Throughout the series, the creative prompts will allow for everyone to share and move at their own comfort level, encouraging an ongoing exploration of our ability to make intentional, respected choices. As the class series progresses, the prompts will draw more and more from movement as the primary art form, facilitating opportunities to work together in crafting and sharing the inspirations that come from our explorations. This will result in the opportunity for in-class sharing, as well as contributing to the living archive on the Daddy Matters webpage (www.jhiajackson.com/daddy-matters). For more specifics on the content of each standalone class, please visit the Daddy Matters webpage or the individual class registration pages.
This series is developed and led by Richard Jackson, Jhia Jackson, Damara Vita Ganley, and Patricia West.
Registration for the first session on June 29th is now open! Click here to RSVP.
For a living archive of this project, please visit www.jhiajackson.com/daddy-matters
Richard Jackson, Jr. (he/him) is a New Jersey native and an avid music lover who is guilty of influencing and nurturing his daughter, Jhia Jackson’s, love of music and dance. Using his extensive library of over 1,500 of record albums (vinyl) and attending live performances, it afforded him an opportunity to connect today’s music with its roots in yesterday’s artists. He is a graduate of Howard University, with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and Pepperdine University, with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Richard, who has been living with Parkinson’s for over 20 years, has no formal dance training or credits beyond what has been absorbed by attending over 20 years of Jhia’s dance and cheer performances.
Jhia Louise Jackson (she/they) is an artist, academic, and activist who regularly engages in interdisciplinary projects. She has worked with artists such as Alexandra Pirici, Joya Powell/Movement of the People Dance Company, Raissa Simpson/Push Dance Company, RAWdance, Cally Spooner, Kim Epifano/Epiphany Dance Theater, and dNaga Dance. As the founder of j.habitus and a current doctoral student in Sociology at UCSF, she creates visceral explorations and presentations of topics drawn from her academic and activist work. She earned her BA in Dance, Sociology, and Ethics from Loyola Marymount University in LA and her MS in Bioethics from Columbia University. She is the founder of Emerging Black Bay Artists, an online community supporting the professional development of early and mid-career Black artists in the Bay Area. Visit www.jhiajackson.com to learn more about her work.
Damara Vita Ganley (she/they) is a Bay Area dance artist. She is grateful to have worked with the Joe Goode Performance Group since 2009. She loves sharing movement with others and is the Director of Dance at Kirby College Preparatory School, serves as JGPG’s Education Coordinator and enjoys teaching dance for people with Parkinsons. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with degrees in Anthropology, Womens Studies, and Theater Arts. She has also had the opportunity to work with Bandaloop, Fog Beast, EmSpace Dance, Jo Kreiter/FlyAway Productions, Lisa Townsend, Nancy Karp, Shift Physical Theatre and RJ Muna.
Patricia West (she/her) is an Oakland based dancer, choreographer, and elementary school teacher. She earned a B.A. in English, Dance, and Education at U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Education at San Jose State University. Patricia has worked and performed with Bay Area Repertory Dance, Capacitor, Levy Dance, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, Robert Moses KIN, The Alayo Dance Company, and Zaccho Dance Theater. Patricia is currently one of the Education Coordinators for JGPG and has been a company member since 2006.
photo by Amal Bisharat from RAWdance’s Concept Series 23 (2018)