Afro Brazilian Dance with Jazz-Ylaine Learn a variety of dance forms from Northeastern Brazil, the heart of the country's African ancestry and culture. Jazz-Ylaine 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. Sharing the cultural significance and history of the dances is an important part of Jazz-Ylaine's work.
Afro Haitian Dance/Traditional Haitian Dance with Laure Fleurentin In this class, students will discover the beauty of Haitian Folkloric and its connection to its accompanying rhythms and cultural meaning. No dance experience required. Well-suited for all levels. BrasArte welcomes this exciting, energetic and passionate dancer/choreographer/ instructor to its roster.
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 Weslei Guimaraes Brazil is a country that is rich in music and dance. Often what is advertised as Brazilian dance in the United States, is only what has been explored in the North-East and South-East of Brazil. Now you have the opportunity to experience a wider variety of dances encompassing the entirety of Brazil. You will not only learn moves, but also acquire a deeper understanding of where and how to use them. We have a variety of modern dances that can be used in parties, clubs, and social gatherings. In addition, we offer the opportunity to explore and understand more traditional dances used in the Afro-Brazilian religions such as Candomblé. All levels welcome.
LatinDance Workout with Weslei Guimaraes Energetic, inspiring and fun dance-based workouts. This class encourages you to have fun and get fit. Weslei spins latin-based beats from across the globe. Ideal for all fitness levels.
Maracatu & Coco with Georgia Young & Elisa Chaves [Done as Workshop Series] 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, Bolero & Forro with Weslei Guimaraes 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 Nadia Qabazard Samba no Pé represents the classic moves of Brazil. This class offers insightful discovery and challenges for all dancers. All levels welcome.
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
WorldDance Workout with Samantha Lansman and Karma Smart 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.
Music Classes (On Hiatus)
West African Drum with TBA This West African Drum class teaches many styles of music. Taught by accomplished performers and instructors who teach Djembe, Dunnun, Sangban and Kenkeni. These sets of drums correspond with various rhythms that can make up many percussion parts. Master drummers knows not only the individual parts, but also the traditional languages that accompany each style of drumming. Please bring your own drum, if possible. The instructors and BrasArte have a limited number of drums available for use during class.