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Miriki Performing Arts presents "Bayal Kaymanen" (Dancing Smoke)

Indigenous dancers explore relationship to fire in ‘Bayal Kaymanen’

Building a bridge across the Pacific Ocean, two indigenous dance groups — Miriki Performing Arts from Australia and the Northern Pomo Dancers from California — are coming together at UC Berkeley to perform on Memorial Glade on Friday, Aug. 2.

Tonika Sealy-Thompson (MA 2019)

Performance Studies alum Tonika Sealy-Thompson serving as Barbados’ ambassador to Brazil

“Some of my professors teasingly called me 'Madam Ambassador',” Sealy-Thompson says, with a big smile. “I think if I’d been graduating from a Ph.D. program, they’d call me 'doctor' instead. Hearing 'Madam Ambassador' here took a little getting used to, but I felt their respect for me and their admiration for what I was doing.”

Latanya Tigner, TDPS Dance Lecturer

Dance lecturer Latanya Tigner featured in The Berkeleyan

Latanya Tigner teaches “African Dance in Hip-Hop," which explores how African dance forms are found in hip-hop movement and African American social dance forms throughout the ages.