OI Celebrates Black History Month with Hip Hop & Ballet Workshops
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1330 National Rd., Wheeling, WV

february, 2017

sun05feb5:00 pm8:00 pmBlack History Month Hip Hop & Ballet Workshops5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Stifel Fine Arts Center & School of Dance, 1330 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003

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Oglebay Institute celebrates Black History Month with hip hop and ballet workshops with renowned instructors 5-8pm Sunday, February 5 at the School of Dance in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Students ages 6 & up will rotate between a hip hop workshop with Nijawwon Matthews of the Joffrey Ballet School and ballet with Lorraine Graves, permanent guest faculty member at the Virginia School of the Arts and master teacher faculty at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. A meet & greet and historical discussion will follow each workshop.

$100 per student. Includes both workshops. Open to all area dance students.

Register online or call 304-242-7700.

More about Nijawwon Matthews:

Nijawwon Matthews is a resident teacher/choreographer for The Joffrey Ballet School based in New York City. He is also faculty teacher and dancer for TOKYOTHECCOMPANY under the direction of Kevin “Tokyo” Inouye & Alisha Lorraine Captain.

Starting as a gymnast, Matthews has trained in many dance techniques including; Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Hip-Hop. Inspired by solid training and early achievements, Nijawwon has pursued his interest in dance further with opportunities at various companies across the United States.

As an educator and choreographer, Matthews has travelled internationally to instruct master classes for a host of academic schools, dance studios, professional companies and institutions. With a strong understanding of the human anatomy, he teaches anatomically conscience alignment, while conditioning dancers physically, mentally and emotionally. His repertory focuses on expanding the consciousness while conditioning the mind & heart to a place of artistry.

More about Lorraine Graves:

Lorraine Graves is permanent guest faculty for the Virginia School of the Arts and is on the Master Teacher faculty at Dance Theatre of Harlem. She also serves as lead adjudicator for the West Virginia Dance Festival.

Graves began her classical training at the Academy of the Norfolk Ballet under the direction of the late Gene Hammett. She later attended Indiana University at Bloomington earning a bachelor’s degree in ballet with distinction.

She is a former principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem with performance credits in productions of Giselle, Firebird, Footprints Dressed in Red, The River, Etosha, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, Agon and Allegro Brillante. Her television credits include the role of Myrta in NBC’s airing of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle; the Princess of Unreal Beauty in the PBS production of John Taras’ The Firebird; and the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


(Sunday) 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Stifel Fine Arts Center & School of Dance

1330 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003


Oglebay Institute304-242-7700