Kyle Mosler

Kyle Mosler 
Mentor: Dr. Joan Frosch
College of Fine Arts
 
"I applied for the University Scholars program to broaden my understanding of the advancement toward contemporary modern dance movement taking place in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal under the direction of Germaine Acogny. With my funding, I am traveling to Senegal to study traditional and contemporary dance so I can better understand and experience the progression towards contemporary African dance, which holds its roots in its traditional West African dance styles."
 

Major

Dance

Minor

Spanish, Education

Research Interests

  • Contemporary African Dance
  • Choreography
  • Language

Academic Awards

  • UF SOTD Summer Scholarship
  • Lawrence Baynard Hubbell Scholarship
  • Creative Arts and Sciences Event, awarded 3rd place, C.A.S.E. Award
  • University Scholars Program

Organizations

  • Publicist for Dance in A Suitcase
  • Student Ambassador for Lacina Coulibaly Residency
  • Student Ambassador for Faustin Linyekula Residency

Volunteer

  • Alachua County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Lake Helen Police Department
  • Ark Animal Shelter

Hobbies and Interests

  • Choreographing
  • Dancing
  • Speaking Spanish
  • Teaching

Research Description

Experiencing Contemporary Dance in Senegal
Contemporary dance is thriving in the world of dance in Africa. Using the roots of traditional African dance styles, choreographers such as Germaine Acogny (Senegal), Lacina Coulibaly (Burkina Faso), Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Barakissa Coulibaly (Cote d’Ivoire) are contributing to a more contemporary “African dance” which dynamically explores the issues of today’s world, but also draws inspiration from traditional dance practices. I am interested in studying the progression of contemporary dance in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal, an important center for the development of this art form in Africa, and how it’s techniques and points of view can expand my own view of dance and my skills as a choreographer. I am participating in a 6-week dance workshop titled Criss-Crossing Traces, an annual workshop conceived and directed by Germaine Acogny, the renowned artistic director of Ecole des Sables and the Jant Bi dance company. The workshop is designed to bring together dancers from all over the world to experience traditional and contemporary African dance, as well share the cultures and traditions of the participants. In returning to the University of Florida, the research I will have conducted will inform and inspire my senior dance project this year.