Bahia Grooves with Elisita Castanon-Hill Learn popular dances of the people of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil including samba reggae, samba, pagode da Bahia, arrocha, and samba afro through simple routines. Come dance, sweat and smile! We'll feel like we're in Brazil! All levels welcome.
Brazilian Dance with Tainah Damasceno Brazil is a country that is rich in music and dance-- 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. All levels welcome.
Cardio Samba with Nadia Q Feel the burn in this cardio focused samba class! Start your morning with this high-energy class focused on basic samba technique with movements and exercises focused on getting your heart rate going and your soul smiling! All levels welcome.
Int Samba with Tainah Damasceno For dancers who have some samba experience and want to deepen their technique and skills with more individual focus and a faster pace. Focus on musicality, improvisation, samba history and building your samba repertoire. Int/Adv sambistas welcome.
Samba Fundamentals with Tainah Damasceno This class is all about getting into the juicy base of your samba, as well as training basic body awareness and universal dance technique in a safe space. So if you’ve never tried samba and have always wanted to, or if you’re looking to go back to basics, this is a great class for you! Beginner focused.
Samba no Pé with Nadia Q Samba no pé represents the classic Rio style samba. This class offers insightful discovery and challenges for all dancers. All levels welcome.
Strength & Sculpt with Samara P Strength & Sculpt with Samara will focus on building and maintaining full body strength and performance, including balance, endurance training and conditioning, ensuring each individual will have consistent progress using only body weight. All fitness levels and bodies welcome, modifications will be available to meet any limitations.
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. All levels welcome. LIVE MUSIC
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West African Drum with Jesse Servin Jesse Servin has been learning and teaching djembe and dunun drumming for nearly 20 years, since he began studying under his primary teacher, Abdoulaye Diakite in 2003. He has spent extensive time in Senegal, and Mali both leading tours and deepening his own study. Jesse focuses mostly on Manden rhythms played in Mali, and eastern Senegal, teaching the historical/cultural contexts and sometimes songs for each rhythm. Learning to play djembe and dunun is more than memorizing patterns on the instrument. One must also learn to be patient, persistent, humble, and collaborative for this music to truly sing through you and your instrument. Doing so increases not only musicality in your playing, but also the harmony and vitality in your life.