Visiting Artists: Boysie Dikobe and Bradley Shelver
South African artists Boysie Dikobe and Bradley Shelver present a Movement Master Class and Lecture Demonstration as part of Rider’s International Week, hosted by the International Education Council, and in tandem with Rider University's Shared Read: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
Movement Master Class
Exploring contemporary South Africa thru Contemporary Dance inspired by the "Rainbow Nation."
Free, open to Rider dance, musical theatre and other performing arts students who move well (to participate) and to all who wish to observe.
Bart Luedeke Center Theater
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Culture in Motion: The Evolution of South African Culture through Contemporary South African Dance and Dialogue
Free, open to all Rider & surrounding community.
Bart Luedeke Center Theater
About the Artists
Boysie Dikobe started his ballet training in Cecchetti with Sue Le Cordeur and Fiona Brown later attending the National School of the Arts under Erick Bowen and the late Danelle Crous. At age 16 he joined what was South African Ballet Theatre dancing in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. In 2008 Boysie was the youngest competitor in kyknets dans, dans, dans and also competed in The first South African International Ballet Competition, winning him the Judges Recommendation and a scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet, where he trained with Kee Juan Han and Carlos Valcarcel and also danced with the second company and the main company performing at the Kennedy Center. He was finished in the Top 12 Men in the New York Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix 2009 and later moved to New York to join Les Ballet Grandiva, later moving to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo where he role through the ranks to principal dancer and performed in France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Colombia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, Laussane, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, England, Scotland, Ireland and more. In 2016 joined Youth America Grand Prix full time as a Social Media Associate and Development Associate.
Bradley Shelver (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Dancer/Author), originally from South Africa, he attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and received a full scholarship to The Ailey School. He is Currently the Artistic Director of the Steps Repertory Ensemble and BSCDT and a member of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Shelver is Co-Producer and Curator of the annual REVERBdance Festival in New York City and Co-Artistic Director of the Bahamas International Opera and Dance Festival. He has danced as a soloist with the companies of Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Elisa Monte Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Limon Dance Company and Phoenix Dance Theater in the UK. He has performed as a guest artist with The Mark Morris Dance Group, Universal Ballet Company, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Eglevsky Ballet, Minnesota Ballet Arts, Nathan Trice Dance, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance and the Francesca Harper Project. He has also performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and has been presented in many international galas as a solo performer. Mr. Shelver has choreographed works for Purchase College, Long island University, Cedar Lake 2, Svenska Ballet (Goteborg), The Dance Umbrella Festival, OURE Contemporary Dance (Denmark), MAS Milan (Italy), and works for The Alvin School, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Cape Dance Company (South Africa), Lustig Dance Theater, Ballet Austin, Joffrey Ballet School, Central Ballet School and Periapsis Music And Dance. He is on the teaching faculties of many notable schools and companies worldwide, including; Matthew Bourne's ‘Adventures in Motion Pictures' and Phoenix Dance Theater (UK). He has Taught for the Alteballeto Festival (Italy,) Bartholin Ballet Festival at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen and the Laban Centre (London), Performing Arts High School in Tel Aviv, the World Modern Dance Congress (Brazil) Joffrey Ballet in San Francisco and New York as well as for the ABT /JKO School. His book Performance Through The Dance Technique of Lester Horton was published in 2013.
Open to all to observe
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