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From Pirouette to Pop and Lock and Everything in Between

Adjetey Klufio dancing on stage

A Talk with AACC’s New Interim Dance Director

As artistic director of a modern and contemporary dance company and co-founder of a Ghanian dance company, Adjetey Klufio understands the need for range.

That versatility is what Klufio hopes to bring to the AACC Dance program as the new interim artistic director of Dance, adding the position to his roles with RythmzWithIN and Osagyefo Dance companies.

“I just created a new syllabus for hip-hop course, credit and noncredit,” he said. “Dance programs are often all about ballet and modern, but in the outside world, it is not just about ballet and modern. It's about being versatile and well-rounded. It's about creating a holistic program. ... When they leave the school premises and they go into the world, they're not found wanting.”

Creating a new class isn’t new for Klufio, who created a West African Dances course for AACC in 2014 while acting as a faculty member and student. After graduating from AACC, Klufio, a native of Ghana, earned a BFA at Towson University, and is currently an MFA candidate with Wilson College.

He has also taught at Towson University and Goucher College.

Klufio said he hopes students graduating from AACC’s program can successfully stay in dance or carry the lessons they’ve learned about expression and discipline into other careers and pursuits.

“I want to give them a foundation so that when they graduate, they can venture into teaching or other ways of staying in dance. So how do I facilitate that?” he said. “This is what I want to be a part of, to push students and encourage them to a career path that uses their skills no matter where it leads.”

Oct. 20, 2022