by Debra Regan, Director of the Global Education Office
This semester Plymouth State University welcomed visiting professor Mziyanda Mancam from South Africa to the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Mziyanda is the outreach coordinator, choreographer, and production director of JazzArt Dance Theatre in Cape Town. PSU Director of Dance Amanda Whitworth began working with Mziyanda last summer when JazzArt Dance Theatre hosted one of her former students, now alumna, Annamaria Klucevsek for an internship.
Mziyanda is one of South Africa’s most exciting young talents in dance. His choreographic and teaching excellence has been recognized and applauded internationally over the past several years. Most recently, Mziyanda was selected as one of three choreographers to represent Africa at the CROSSINGS International Choreographers Showcase through the Institut Francais in Johannesburg. This is a tremendous honor and experience for Mziyanda and solidifies his reputation as a passionate and collaborative choreographer. Similarly, he trains advanced level dancers in a variety of dance genres through the Artscape Center which is home to JazzArt Dance Theatre.
Mziyanda is teaching three PSU courses this spring, presenting informal talks on dance-related topics, and providing guest lectures and discussions in selected courses.