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Jahari Dance Troupe

Black Cultural Center, through the co-sponsorship of Purdue Convocations and Lectures, instituted its artist-in-residence program. Jahari has received instruction from The Jahari Dance Troupe was established in 1971. During the spring of 1975, the dancers and choreographers of international recognition; such as Darlene Blackburn, Kwame Botwey, Archie Savage and Joseph Holmes. The Troupe (named after the Swahili word meaning jewels) is a vibrant student company trained in a variety of techniques that range from traditional to contemporary trends in black dance. Jahari's repertoire includes African, ballet, Caribbean, folk, jazz, modern dance and music video.

Since its inception the Jahari Dance Troupe has performed at various university campuses, secondary schools and community centers throughout the Midwest. The dancers have been involved with cultural exchange programs with similar dance companies in the region. The Troupe has been a guest performer for civic programs in Gary, Kokomo and Indianapolis, Indiana; Danville, Illinois and the Greater Lafayette area.

Jahari's credits include performances with African Dancer Kwame Botwey and Ethnomusicologist W. Komla Amoaku in "Roots Africana" and the premiere of choreographer Joseph Holmes’ "Jonestown". Jahari is a perennial crowd pleaser in the Black Cultural Center’s Annual Cultural Arts Festival held every December. Jahari performs throughout the school year primarily during the months of October, November, January, February, and March. They host their home season during the month of April.

The Jahari Dance Troupe is dance at its best. It is the true expression of the African American experience from African to hip-hop. Most of Jahari's works are laced with personality and style. The Jahari Dance Troupe strives to provide excellent aesthetic and kinesthetic awareness to its audience and participants alike.

The BCC is very excited to welcome its new 2004-2005, artist in residence for Jahari, Kevin Iega Jeff. Jeff has achieved much throughout his career. He has recieved numerous prestigous awards and continues to hold a respected position in direction, choreography, instruction, performace, as well as other activities.

The Purdue Jahari is sponsored by the Black Cultural Center. They are available for concert appearances for schools, churches and civic organizations. A performance fee is required to cover expenses. Persons interested in engaging the Jahari are encouraged to confirm arrangements at least three months in advance. As a reminder, the Jahari is available in October, November, February and March.

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