Choreography & Dance Workshops
Deo Mwano is a visionary choreographer and dancer. He is a versatile choreographer and dancer who dances various styles of dance and music. He has been studying dance for over 10 years in the styles of fusion jazz, street jazz, African dance and variety of hip hop styles. He has conducted dance workshops all over the U.S.
Some recent workshops have been at:
- Teacher Dance Club of Boston dance Convention
- KAPPA performing art school in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
- Pittsburgh Heat Dance Center
He has had opportunities to showcase his choreography nationally and internationally. In 2010 Deo appeared in a TV special for the show, Dancing With The Star where he choreographed and performed with his brothers and the professional dancers of the show. Deo enjoyed collaborating with Kim Johnson whom he co-choreographed the cha cha/ Hip Hop routine he performed on the show. Deo was able to use his creative thinking of merging the two styles together into a fun entertaining number.
Most recently Deo Mwano became an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University teaching dance courses that fuse with cultural studies. Two of his special topic courses Evolution of Hip Hop and Theory of Movements and Practicality were very popular for students who wanted to fulfill an Art requirement course. Theory of Movements and Practicality, explored how dance and movements are part of everything we do. The course dissects sounds, lyrics and melodies, while discovering how it connects to movements and storytelling. The second course, Evolution of Hip Hop explores the culture of urban city and urban music in how it contributed to the creation of hip-hop dance. The course highlights the connection of funk, disco, swing, and tap dance into hip hop dancing. The students are able to understand how the movements were created from different neighborhoods and how the dance styles of hip hop became commercialized, by the help of TV shows like Soul Train and today, through So You Think You Can Dance and pop music by adopting the style.
Deo is always looking for opportunities to collaborate with creative individuals and organizations. He is the founder of the dance movement called, Movement From Above. Movement From Above dancers travel with Deo to perform during some of his presentations.