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Sewickley Academy students learn from master dancer

| Sunday, March 2, 2014, 8:04 p.m.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Joe Jackson, a dance instructor, embraces Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, after Anjo led a class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Jackson's dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014. Jackson, a professional dancer who performs with Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and other groups, has been an instructor at the Academy for three years.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Next to a large mirror, Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, leads a class in focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014. Anjo, who is from Rio De Janiero, has been a dancer with the Compagnie Kafig since 2008.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Emily Amato, center, and other students follow along as Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, leads a class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, likes to wear his Converse tennis shoes as he leads a class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, likes to wear his Converse tennis shoes as he leads a class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, leads a class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014. Anjo, who is from Rio De Janiero, has been a dancer with the Compagnie Kafig since 2008.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Joe Jackson, a dance instructor, participates in a class led by Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Jackson's dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014. Jackson, a professional dancer who performs with Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and other groups, has been an instructor at the Academy for three years.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
David Truman, a senior, and other students in Joe Jackson's master dance class, watch and participate as Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, leads the class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Emily Amato, a sophomore, and other students in Joe Jackson's master dance class, listens and watches as Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, leads the class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, leads a class in focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Maeghan Parda, a sophomore, and other students in Joe Jackson's master dance class, listens and watches as Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, leads the class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, at center, leads a class in focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, left, leads a class in focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students, including Todd Doyle, sophomore, at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Lindsay Duffield, a sophomore, laughs as she and other students in Joe Jackson's master dance class, listen and watch as Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, leads the class focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, left, leads a class in focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students, including Emily Amato, right, sophomore, and Ciara Donohue, freshman, second from right, at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Melissa Barrantes-Vargas smiles as she participates in a dance class led by Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig. The class focused on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014. Barrantes-Vargas, from Costa Rica, is an instructor participating in the Academy's foreign exchange program.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, left, leads a class in focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students, including Emily Amato, right, sophomore, and Ciara Donohue, freshman, second from right, at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Melissa Barrantes-Vargas smiles as she participates in a dance class led by Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig. The class focused on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014. Barrantes-Vargas, from Costa Rica, is an instructor participating in the Academy's foreign exchange program.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, at center, leads a class in focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review
Anjo, a professional dancer with Compagnie Kafig, left, leads a class in focusing on contemporary dance styles such as hip hop and electronic combined with samba, bossa nova, and capoeira. Dance students at Sewickley Academy participated in the event at the school on Friday, January 31, 2014.

For dance students at Sewickley Academy, it was a chance to learn from a master.

Aguinaldo De Oliveira Lopes, a member of the Compagnie Kafig professional dance company, led students in a class that combined modern dance styles such as hip hop with classical Latin styles such as the samba.

Rio de Janiero-born Anjo, as he is known professionally, worked with 15 of Sewickley Academy dance teacher Joe Jackson's students. Wearing his Converse sneakers, the Brazilian dancer patiently taught the youths a few acrobatic moves — and soon the class leapt about the polished floors of the school's dance studio.

Jackson was thrilled at the chance for his students to learn from Anjo.

“Anytime my kids can study with a professional dancer — to watch, learn, and then perform the new moves — is an awesome opportunity,” said Jackson.

Keith Hodan is a Trib Total Media photographer. Reach him at khodan@tribweb.com.

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