Afro Brazilian Dance with Dandha da Hora Learn a variety of dance forms from Northeastern Brazil, the heart of the country's African ancestry and culture. Dandha emphasizes rhythm and expression in her work with the music and her choreography. The nature of Afro Brazilian dance invites a study of African culture as it exists in Brazil. Passing the cultural significance and history of the dances is an important part of Dandha's work.
Afro Cuban Folklorico and Salsa Cubana with Jose "Cheo" Rojas Learn Afro Cuban dance (orisa, bantu [palo] arara, afro haitiano cuban, rumba and salsa cubana) from a talented and respected dancer/performer from Cuba. Cheo returns to BrasArte to teach wonderful, energetic and fun-filled classes. Well-suited for all levels.
Bahia Beats with Julio Remelexo & Julia Hughes Bahia Beats is a Brazilian Dance Workout with Julio & Julia. It is a trip through the streets of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. You learn popular dances of the people of Brazil including samba reggae, samba, pagodge da Bahia, arrocha, funk and samba afro through simple routines to the songs the way they are done in Brazil - sometimes called "Swing Bahia". Come listen to great music, dance, sweat and smile with us ... we'll all think we're in Brazil for an hour every week!
Ballet with Nona Refi Return the joy of dance to your life! These classes stress alignment and placement. You will strengthen your dance muscles without straining while learning technique to serve the art form. These classes emphasize musicality and expressiveness.Most importantly, we have fun! Join us! Nona has studied and performed ballet for over 30 years in the Philippines, New York City and the Bay Area. She has taught ballet for children and adults at the Oakland Ballet Academy and BrasArte.
Brazilian Dance with Mestre Beicola Have fun and work up a sweat as you explore Brazil through dance. Experience the samba styles from Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. All levels welcome.
Hip Hop with Andre Cole Learn hip hop fundamentals and freestyle with an experience performer/instructor! All levels welcome.
Jazzy Samba with Jazz-Ylaine Baptiste Hone your Brazilian dance skills and technique in this fun and energetic class! All levels welcome.
Maracatu & Coco with Georgia Young & Elisa Chaves Maracatu and Coco are folk dances from Northeastern Brazil. They are a mix of African, indigenous, and Portuguese music and culture and are usually danced on the streets and are part of Carnaval in some Brazilian cities. Come dance with us, have a lot of fun, and learn a little more of Brazilian culture and dance! Elisa and Georgia are from Rio de Janeiro. We are part of Maracatu Pacifico, a band from Oakland that performs on the streets and at events. Some of the classes will have live music!
Samba de Gafieira & Forro with Mestre Beicola (Sundays) and Bruno Alves (Thursdays) Samba de Gafieira (also called Gafieira) is a partner dance to Brazilian samba musical rhythms. Unlike various street and club forms of Brazilian samba, it evolved as a ballroom dance (dança de salão, literally, "salon dance"). Samba de Gafieira must be distinguished from the ballroom Samba, danced in International Latin and American Rhythm ballroom dance styles. Gafieira is usually a pair dance, although in artistic performances it is not uncommon to add solo variations, including steps of Samba no Pé. All levels welcome.
Samba no Pe with Weslei Guimaraes Samba no Pé represents the classic moves of Brazil. The beginner and intermediate/advanced classes offer discovery and challenges for all dancers. Visit the schedule to find the appropriate class for your skill and/or experience level.
West African Dance with Naby Bangoura In these classes you will experience the traditional rhythms, dances, and songs of Guinea. You will also explore Guinean culture through West-African rhythms. Some of the rhythms/ dances we will explore are used for weddings, baby naming ceremonies, and circumcision rituals. The class begins with a warm-up, followed with across the floor choreography and concludes with an improvisational dance circle around the drummers. LIVE MUSIC
West African Drum with Mory Fofana This West African Drum class teaches many styles of music. An accomplished performer and instructor, Mory teaches Djembe, Dunnun, Sangban and Kenkeni. These sets of drums correspond with various rhythms that can make up many percussion parts. Mory knows not only the individual parts, but also the traditional languages that accompany each style of drumming. Please bring your own drum, if possible. Mory and BrasArte have a limited number of drums available for use during class.
WorldDance Workout with Samantha Lansman, Karma Smart and Jazz-Ylaine Baptiste Energetic, inspiring and fun dance-based workouts. These classes encourage you to have fun and get fit. Instructors spin beats from across the globe. Ideal for all fitness levels.