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School of Dance Alum, Tamara Williams, Returns to Share Research with FSU

Published January 31, 2018

Moving Spirits Residency Photo courtesy of Ace Murray

This February, the School of Dance welcomes Tamara Williams back to FSU. An alum of the School of Dance and current Assistant Professor of Dance at University of North Carolina Charlotte, we are thrilled to have her sharing her work with us. Williams will be presenting her research on the Ring Shout and Orixa/Afro-Samba through two master classes, a dance history talk, and an array of informal class visits throughout the School of Dance.

Moving Spirits Residency Photo courtesy of Ace Murray

Williams is a native of Augusta, GA, where she began her dance training. She earned her BFA in Dance from FSU and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University. She will be working with FSU students during the 13th and 14th of February as a guest teacher and lecturer. Offering master classes on the Ring Shout and Orixa/Afro-Samba, Williams will share her scholarly and creative research with FSU students, as well as FAMU students.

Williams, in conjunction with School of Dance Professor Dr. Jen Atkins, will facilitate a free public forum on the Ring Shout open to the Tallahassee arts community and the FSU student body. She will discuss her research and share her experiences with audience members. The Forum will take place in FSU’s Montgomery Hall in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre from 10:30 am – 11:50 am, on Wednesday, Februrary 14.

On Tuesday February 13th, Williams will hold an Afro-Samba Master Class for majors in the School of Dance followed by a brown bag lunch where students can engage in dialogue with Williams. Throughout the afternoon, she will attend academic classes as a guest speaker, visiting undergraduate and graduate level courses.

We are thrilled to welcome Tamara Williams this February and hope to share this experience with the Tallahassee community.