By Masiding Noor Yahya
Every weekday at noon in Fort lee, New Jersey’s Fort lee, famous Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company offers a free 1-hour company class online via Zoom. Classes are open to all dancers and you can meet the artists after the class ends.
On the week of May 4th, a Moro artist from the south of Philippines was among the teachers who featured their own brands of dance schemes and compositions. The other dance artists scheduled to teach were — Monday: Greta Campo (Kinetic Spiral); Tuesday: Peiju Chien-Pott (Graham); Wednesday: Yuka Notsuka (Contemporary); and Friday: Greta Campo (Kinetic Spiral).
New Jersey Stage, an online dance magazine based Spring Lake, New Jersey, said on Monday that Potri Ranka Manis, a Moro from the Philippines, was scheduled to give lessons on Thursday.
Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur is the Founder/Artistic Director and Tradition-Bearer of Kinding Sindaw.
New Jersey Stage said in July 23, 2005, Potri was enthroned as Bai a Labi a Gaus sa Borocot (Affluent Queen of Borocot), a traditional village in Lanao del Sur, which claims a seat at the 16 or 17 Pagawidan aka Panoroganan sa Ranao (16 or 17 Royal Houses of Ranao.
Potri was born and raised in the Southern Philippines; she is a daughter of the late Sultan a Gaus of the Royale House of. She also learned the traditions of the neighboring indigenous communities.
She has written and directed many plays as a resident artist of LaMaMa. She founded Panata and co-authored and performed the Oratoyo-Bells of Balanggiga and acted a lead role in Dis-oriented, a feature film of Francisco Aliwalas.
She was in Draupadi directed by Ellen Stewart, La Mama Great Jones Repertoire. She is a artist-teacher faculty of Lotus Fine Arts.
She is a practitioner of Theater of the Oppressed and a producer and actor in Newyorkustan directed by Steven de Castro.
Potri is an artist-activist who campaigns for self-determination of the Moro and its indigenous people.
Hailed as a Spiritual Choreographer by Dance Magazine and recipient of multiple choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Nai-Ni Chen has been creating dances professionally for over thirty years in the United States.
She has built a diverse repertory of over 80 original works, and performed in major venues in the United States and international contemporary dance festivals in 12 countries. (With story from New Jersey Stage)
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