Master Class: Darian & Daaimah
Specializing in West African dance styles from Mali and Guinea, Dr. Darian M. Parker is a choreographer, teacher and internationally touring performer. His artistry has merited awards from the Jerome Foundation, Harlem Stage Fund for New Work, and the New Haven Arts Council. His performance credits include the Hollywood film Step Up 3D, The Fats Waller National Tour, which featured Meshell N’Degeocello and MacArthur recipient Jason Moran, and the G’Bassikolo Mexican National Tour. He has completed teaching residencies at such institutions as SUNY Purchase. Outside of dance, Dr. Parker is the founder and CEO of Parker Academics, a Manhattan-based test prep and tutoring company (www.parkeracademics.com), and is a published author in the fields of anthropology and educational philosophy. He graduated from Yale University with his PhD, M. Phil and MA in anthropology and African American Studies, and is a professor of anthropology in NYU’s Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies.