This class is an excursion into the polyrhythm of Samba – the dance of life. Samba has its origins in Africa, and was brought to Brazil by enslaved African people from both Angola and the DRC (formerly known as Zaire,) first to the North East of Brazil. We will primarily focus on understanding the many styles of samba and their origin within Brazil. Simultaneously, we’ll work on strengthening the body, developing presence, learning how to use space, learning how to hear the rhythm, and identifying the artists who create the music. The class is a mixed level class that begins with a warm-up & isolations, center floor, across the floor, combos and ending class with a Roda de Samba. Come ready to work and have fun!
Tuesdays 4-5:30 pm
This class is an after school program for teen girls ages 13-18. The class will teach Middle Eastern dance (popularly referred to as belly dance) as well as provide opportunities for exploring everyday issues that teens struggle with through journal writing and talking circles. Teens will be provided with support and mentorship from a diverse group of successful professional women in the community. The class fee is based on a sliding scale.
Jennifer has been a professional belly dancer for over 13 years, performing and teaching both in the US and internationally. She started dancing at the age of 4 with ballet and jazz and began her studies in Middle Eastern dance in 1997. With a background in health and wellness as an acupuncturist and a personal trainer, she sees dance as a powerful modality to help us heal on all levels- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Ballet Floor Barre Friday 2:30-3:30
Adult Ballet Beg / Int Friday 3:30-5:00
Vincent Cowart, a formal professional contemporary ballet dancers has worked with several different prestigious dance companies, theaters and choreographer locally and nationwide, including The Oakland Ballet (Ron Guidi) Dance Theater Harlem (Arthur Mitchell), Lines Dance Company, Northstar Ballet (Alaska), Yehuda Dance Company, San Francisco Opera, Oakland Opera, Nuba Dance Co. (Evelyn Thomas) to name a few. Vincent’s educational and professional experience has given him vast and extensive training skills and technique in many diverse types of world dance styles including classical, modern, jazz and neo classic ballet and has performed both traditional and avant garde works such as Warren Peace, Cappelletti Element Teché (Romeo and Juliet), Works by Alonzo King, Bolero, Nutcracker and other great works.
Vincent’s has choreographed for the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Miss Black America Pageant, Oakland Pride, San Francisco Pride and has taught classes for the Oakland Public Schools, Parks and Recreations, Richmond Performing Arts Center and presently at The Beat, Berkeley Performing Arts.
Thursdays, starting November 1, 2018, 7:00-8:00
Bianca Rodriguez began dancing Clásico Español at the age of 3 in Laredo, Texas with Cristina Greco and Mina Gutierrez, who both performed with Jose Greco. She learned Sevillanas at the age of 7 from Jose Greco II and began assisting classes in her school. Bianca received a degree in flamenco dance from the University of New Mexico under the direction of Eva Encinias. She performed with the National Institute of Flamenco studying with El Torombo, Karime Amaya, Inmaculada Ortega, and Manuel Linan. Bianca continued her studies in Sevilla with Juana Amaya, Farruquito, Antonio Canales, and Angelita Vargas. She returned to the US and began working with various companies including Juan Siddi, Antonio Granjero, and Flamenco Vivo. She was first featured as a soloist in “El Pintor” at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. In 2012 Bianca produced “Esencia” in her home town of Laredo with Jose Cortez, Ricardo Diaz and Jesus Munoz as well as a full drum set, cello and flute. She also began a four year project and toured with “Flamenco India,” a twelve-piece band featuring sitar, tabla and Kathak dance, as choreographer and soloist.
Bianca’s proudest moments have been working with gypsy singers Keka Villar, Silverio Heredia, Kina Méndez, Jose Mendez and legendary dancer Carmen Ledesma. She has performed at La Cueva de Lola in Madrid and while learning from young up-and-coming artists, Juan Debel, Sara Perez, and Paz de Manuel. In 2013, Bianca moved to the Bay, performs regularly in tabloas and co-produces and directs, along with Jenny Luna, Balkan and Turkish singer, “Ole, Opa!” She has worked with Theatre Flamenco since 2017 and visiting artists such as Juana la del Pipa, Pastora Galván, and Adela Campallo. With utmost respect for the art form, Bianca still considers herself a student with so much more to learn.
Info to come!
Learn fun, simple tap steps and beautiful tap technique while you glide and shimmy around the room! This class will concentrate on “The Whole Package.” Extend your arms, move your upper body, find your own unique style and let your personality shine through as you tap dance!
Bio: Susan Main is a Northern California dance teacher, choreographer, producer and performer. She has taught tap at U.C. Santa Cruz and Razz-Ma-Tazz Dance Company in Santa Cruz; Santa Rosa Junior College, The Dance Center and Sebastopol Community Center in Sonoma County; Mason-Kahn Studio and The Center For Performing Arts in San Francisco; and Gualala Arts and The Arena Theater in Mendocino County. Outside of the studio, she has choreographed for 42nd Street Moon in San Francisco and The Santa Rosa Players. She was the tap coach for the cast of “Cole!” at Theater on the Square, San Francisco. She also teaches modern, jazz, musical theater, storytelling, singing and dancing for everyone, and general playfulness.
During her time producing at The San Francisco Jazz Festival, she was instrumental in bringing The Jazz Tap Summits to Davies Symphony Hall, staring The Nicholas Brothers, Honi Coles, Savion Glover, Jimmie Slide, Steve Condos, Sandman Sims, Bunny Briggs, and bay area favorites Sam Weber, Mark Mendonca and Camden Richmond.
She currently performs with the improvisational Wing It! Performance Ensemble, Oakland. In the past she has performed with Patti Meagher in Berkeley, Lynne Jassem (from Brenda Buffalino’s Tap Dance Orchestra) in San Francisco, Tapestry Dance Company in Santa Rosa, and Rosie Radiator, all over San Francisco.
1274 Marlesta Road
Pinole, CA 94564
Gender Neutral All-Level Skills Class 8:15-9:00
Followed by: Supervised Alternative Music Practica till 11:00
Shoes Optional $10
The Next Practica @ The Beat, 2560 9th Street Berkeley, CA
For more information: TheOrganicTangoSchool.org
Helio Conceição (or “Sereno”, as he is known in the capoeira community) is a professor from the Association of Capoeira, Master Bimba located in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. At five years young, he began to learn capoeira from his uncle (Antonio Raimundo and his two cousins Raimundo and Homero), under a mango tree in their backyard, their training started at 5am after they had run to the beach at 3:30am.
Helio practiced independently this way for many years until he was ready to begin a formal education in capoeira. He then enrolled at the Capoeira Kilombolas School. The cost to attend the school was seven “cruzeiros” (or about $2) each month, an amount his family, nor he, could afford at the time.Like many in Salvador, he grew up very poor. So, in the face of extreme difficulties, he used his determination to continue to practice the art.
After having to leave Kilombolas, Helio learned that the Association of Capoeira, Master Bimba gave grants for students to attend. The Association, the world’s first capoeira regional academy, was created by Master Bimba (Manoel do Reis Machado), the founding father of the style “capoeira regional”. There, he interacted with dedicated capoeiristas, besides Mestre Bamba, Reni Veneno and Cabaca were Helio’s main inspiration, and people from across the globe that positively influenced his life.
Professor Sereno has taught capoeira workshops, in Brazil, the United States, and Canada. Currently, he teaches at the YMCA in Berkeley, at Rainbow Recreation Center in Oakland, the BEAT studio and in several school programs for youth throughout the in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California.
Come take a class with him, you will love it!