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If You Really Wanna Party with Me...

Jazelynn Goudy, Dancer Educator Veteran Artist and Homie, from Milwaukee, WI.  

She received her MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University.  There she dove head deep into technology, pedagogy, and Afro-Diasporic Contemporary / Social dance practice and participated in many conferences and intensive. She is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Social Media Manager, and a new Steering Committee member of CDSM. As a budding performing artist scholar, her work focuses on Black women and girls' social and contemporary dance on the concert, internet, and social spaces

Raydar Ellis is a “Jack of all trades, master of many” in a musical landscape that embraces diversity. Whether he is producing, spinning party-goers into a frenzy, rapping, influencing students, or contributing as a key component to Revive Music Group, Ellis has made tremendous strides to cement his place as a major player on several fronts in the music scene.

Ellis has spent the better part of his career thus far as a sideman in the NYC jazz community, setting up his turntables alongside upright basses and horn sections and triggering samples and loops as a member of many live outfits. As a core member of the Revive Big Band (directed by Igmar Thomas), Raydar’s commitment to the principle instruments of Hip Hop (Turntables and Samplers) has helped shift the perception of what was possible with the devices and cemented credibility with institutions who otherwise wouldn’t know or care. Some of these musical excursions have found their way to prestigious venues like The Kennedy Center and The MoMA and to recordings like Esperanza Spalding’s “Radio Music Society”, and Revive Music/Blue Note’s “Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1”.

Adding even more heft to his already solid performance history, Ellis has shared the stage with internationally known artists including: Robert Glasper, Pharoahe Monch, Bilal, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Meshell Ndegeocello, Marc Cary, Marcus Strickland, Ben Williams, Fred Wesley, & Anna Wise/Sonnymoon.

When factoring in the schedule he keeps as an Emcee/Producer/DJ, it’s quite impressive that Ellis also invests a substantial amount of time into being an educator. As an Assistant Professor, he remains fully dedicated to the students he teaches at Berklee College of Music, commuting to Boston at the start of each week to teach classes rooted in Hip Hop like songwriting, beatmaking, and the first ever J Dilla Ensemble, a curriculum he was tapped to create and share.

"When I move, you move..." "I'm a savage, classy, bougie..." "Get jiggy with it..." "Now move your body like BOW!" "Let it rain, now clear it out... “ 

In our lives, dance and music go hand in hand.  Certain songs pull mannerisms, dance movements, and customs out of the people hearing the music. There are often regional variants of these movements; the connection and understanding between the DJ and the dancer are integral to the process. In this session, we will take you on a journey through the regions of Black social, club, dance, and music culture. Participants will learn DJ culture, foundational grooves, and jam/groove. We will end with a community Soul Train line/Soul Cypher from the comfort of your own home. Please wear comfortable clothes and make space around the computer to move and dance.

*This session is a healing space for BIPOC students, faculty, staff, and alumni.