Rosenfeld Master Dance Workshops

Master Dance Classes at GDS are made possible by the Samuel J. Rosenfeld Family Master Dance Series Grant. Each year, the workshops are free for current GDS High School students and current GDS faculty and staff.

This Spring's Rosenfeld Master Dance Workshop features:

Jillian Amadi Roberts '11
Antiracist Afrodiasporic Dance Educator
Choreographer + Lecturer + Coach

Jillian Amadi Roberts '11

Guest Artist Biography
Jillian Amadi Roberts '11 an antiracist Afrodiasporic dance educator, choreographer, director, coach, lecturer, and GDS alum based in Brooklyn, NY.  Jillian teaches elementary schoolers in Crown Heights by day, and adults in studios like Mark Morris Dance Center, Modega, NXGN West New York, PMT, and Peridance by night.  Her work connects hip hop dance culture and technique to the African Diaspora, highlights the impact of Afrodiasporic influences on global popular culture, and empowers dancers to participate in hip hop culture authentically and respectfully.  This mission has also allowed Jillian to teach lectures, speak on panels, and lead workshops centered around hip hop dance and culture at universities and companies across the country.

Beyond the classroom, Jillian's creativity spans both stage and screen. Choreography credits include music videos for R&B crooner Garth, viral internet sensations The Gregory Brothers, and indie-pop duo Tropic, as well as seven years of competitive performance sets for Mint Dance Company. Jillian's mentorship for Danyel Moulton's DCON4 Program has engaged dancers in critical self-reflection, and her writing and lectures for the Freedom Movement Collective have supported an international audience in developing its anti-racist and anti-capitalist hip hop dance praxis. Jillian received her B.A. in Sociology & Psychology with Honors from Wesleyan University in 2015 and her M.S. in Childhood General and Special Education from Touro College in 2016 . She currently holds New York State certificates in Childhood General Education (1-6) and Dance (K-12). Her mantra remains that the best teachers are even better students, and strives to know more and grow more each day. 


Saturday, March 9, 2024
Open level Hip Hop
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: High School Dance Studio L200