Students have the opportunity to prepare themselves for professional dance careers through performances in DANSCORE and Sankofa.
DANSCORE performs faculty, student, and guest artist choreography. Founded in 1985 by a collective of faculty choreographers and produced by Brockport’s Department of Dance, DANSCORE is directed by our dance faculty. The company’s work is traditionally contemporary and is performed primarily by advanced student dancers.
DANSCORE has provided lecture/demonstrations, classes, and performances for high schools, colleges, and the general public throughout New York State. Past touring has included performances at the Syracuse Civic Center, Wells College, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Students regularly attend and perform at the American College Dance Festival and have also been invited to perform at the National American College Dance Festival.
Sankofa is a symbolic, Ghanaian expression represented by a bird whose head turns back looking towards the past. The Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble retrieves the cultural essences of the past, bringing them into the present.
Sankofa’s dance and theater works express the dynamic presence of African culture in America. Some of the presentations are replicas of traditional African prototypes and some are re-creations, employing contemporary themes and movement motifs.
The members of the African Dance and Drum Ensemble of the University represent the rich cultural heritage of Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, and Africa that exists within our community.
Clyde Alafiju Morgan served as artistic director from 1985 through 2015, before he retired from his position as associate professor of dance. Assistant Professor Jenise Akilah Anthony, currently serves as artistic director. Music director Khalid Abdul N’Fally Saleem joined the ensemble in 1994.
If you are interested in bringing any of these touring ensembles to your community or organization, please email the Dance Touring Manager, write or call:
Department of Dance
Phone: (585) 395-2153
Fax: (585) 395-5134