LaShaunda Craddock Theater, Dance, Movement and Creative Movement

LaShaunda Craddock

Name

LaShaunda Craddock
P.O. Box 4223
Richmond, VA 23220
804-410-1075
artistsbooking@culture4mykids.org
Website: www.culture4mykids.org

Biography

LaShaunda Craddock, has been a lover of dance, theater and the cultural arts since early elementary school. Although her dance background instruction includes ballet, tap and modern dance, her passion has always been deeply rooted in African Dance. LaShaunda began her African dance studies, in the early 1980s with Larocque Bey School of dance in Harlem, New York. After moving to Virginia, she later became one of the principal dancers of Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation. In 2005, LaShaunda began integrating her love of the culture with her passion for teaching. She began designing interdisciplinary programming based on history and culture that could be shared with students of all ages. Since then, she has led workshops in over 25 different schools and community centers throughout the city of Richmond and Chesterfield.  She is the Intro to West African Dance professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and serves as the executive director of a nonprofit --Culture4MyKids, Inc. www.culture4mykids.org. She is also the artistic director of Taaluma Youth Performance Company, who has received outstanding recognition in several different competitions and exhibitions.

Lashaunda has a Bachelor's Degree in English, a minor in African American studies as well as a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She is also K-12 certified and is currently enrolled in VCU's Ph. D. educational program for Curriculum, Culture and Change. Her professional portfolio includes doing dance choreography for Jarrard Anthony's Lucky Day video, University of Richmond's 2013 production of Threshold , being featured in Dogtown Dance Theater's 2015 Richmond Dance Festival and serving as a choreographer for Midlothian Middle School’s 2015 Spring production of the Lion King Junior. Her teaching style is deeply rooted in the Zimbabwe (Shona) proverb that states “If you walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing. “

Educational Background/Training

Virginia Commonwealth University, December 2009, Graduate Degree for Teaching Certification,
Virginia Commonwealth University, December 2014, Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University, December 2019, Ph.D., Curriculum, Culture, Change

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Warriors,  Healers and Builders Retreat, October 2014
Timbuk Fitness Certification, March 2014
Kankouran Conference, August 2014
Suah African Dance Workshop, July 2014
Coyoba Master Dance Class Workshop, March 2014
Manga African Dance Work, July 2013
Afriky Lolo Dance Workshops, August 2011 to August 2013
Dance Africa, D.C. conference,  August 2002 to August 2011
Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company,  January 1998 to December 2011
Virginia Commonwealth University Dance Department, September 1996 to May 2000

Fees

$150-350 per day
$200-350 Lecture Demonstration/Workshops
$350-500 School Assembly Performances

 

Audience

K-12, University, Continuing Education, Adult, Alternative Schools, Juvenile Detention Centers

 

Educational Programs

  • My approach to teaching any subject is that nothing exists on its own. Everything functions in relation to something else. Dance is English, it’s Math, it's Science, it’s Biology, and it’s History. It is communication. It is life. My program sessions are designed to be interdisciplinary so that the students are able to see how movement, rhythm and voice is connected to everything and nothing, whether its art, academic or life exists on its own. Through dance, song, music and spoken word, students will have a chance to explore the worlds that exist within as well as outside of themselves.

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