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EMPOWER DANCE STUDIO

109 West Parrish Street

Durham, NC 27701

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Rhythm for Dancers is a collaboration between Music Educator Stephen Coffman and Dance Educator Rebecca Conley. The goals of the class are to introduce students to rhythmic concepts that they can apply to their dancing as well as to enhance students' understanding of music and working with musicians. The class is meant for dancers of any style who want to improve their musicality and improvisation and will cover a range of musical genres, including jazz and hip hop. We will close the class with a jam session where students can apply what they have learned.

Ages 10+, spaces limited, some scholarships available (contact us)

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Stephen Coffman: Whether noticed in a Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock, or Latin setting, Stephen Coffman has been one of the most in-demand drummers in North Carolina for the past decade. After graduating from Durham School of the Arts in 2002, he earned a scholarship to join the music program at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied jazz performance.Currently, Stephen performs regularly with The Beast (Jazz/Hip-Hop Quartet), Peter Lamb & The Wolves (New Orleans traditional with modern jazz hues), North Carolina Jazz Repertoiry Orchestra (North Carolina’s most celebrated jazz Big Band) and Shana Tucker (Chamber-Soul). In addition to local performance and studio recording session work, Stephen is a dedicated private music educator, as the owner of his private teaching school in Durham. He is also on staff at Creative Music Studio and Cary School of Music. From private drum lessons to judging state Jazz band competitions, Stephen is just as comfortable on stage as he is in the classroom. He has performed workshops and clinics at schools and community centers throughout the country. Stephen is very dedicated to community outreach, using music education as the vehicle. He performs in several groups that regularly participant in artists in schools education, presented by the North Carolina Arts Council. Stephen founded the Jam Session student music ensemble, where young musicians collaborate to create music in a group setting. Stephen prepares the charts for all instruments and conducts the groups. He lives in Durham, NC with his wife and 2 sons. www.stephencoffman.com

Rebecca Conley: Durham native Rebecca Conley began dancing in 1983 at The Ballet School of Chapel Hill, where she still is a student of tap dance master Gene Medler. She is an alumna of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and currently serves on the company's Board of Directors. She will be performing in NCYTE's upcoming alumni show "Homecoming - 35 Years" this November. She assists her mentor, Gene Medler, with his adult tap classes and teaches tap dance for adults at Ninth Street Dance and for children at Empower Dance Studio.

In addition to teaching dance, Rebecca organizes music and dance events for the community including tap jams with local youth musicians. With her collaborator, urban dance educator Junious Brickhouse, she researches the history of tap dance, especially it's North Carolina roots in tradition bearers such as John Dee Holeman and The Hinton Family. Outside of dance, Rebecca is a software developer and technology educator who speaks and teaches internationally with a focus on expanding opportunities in technology for underrepresented groups.

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109 West Parrish Street

Durham, NC 27701

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