Thursdays with: Homer & Cristina Ladas
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
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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!
Deep Relaxation Yoga
Thursdays 11 am-12 pm
Deep Relaxation Yoga focuses on a deep and guided relaxation of the body, mind, and spirit through asana and restorative poses, as well as breath awareness, acupressure points, reiki and more Through breath-focused movement, we will explore gentle moves that are designed to calm the nervous system and bring us to a place of relaxation and restoration. You will notice improved sleep, a more alert mind, and more energy in your day.
If you love dance and other physical activity, this class is an excellent way to get a deep stretch and repair the small muscle tears we all acquire from strenuous physical activity.
Beginners’ Bollywood Description
Thursdays 12:15 am-1:15 pm
Bollywood is the name of the Indian Film industry. Bollywood movies are synonymous with dance. Bollywood dance is a fascinating blend of classical Indian dance forms, folk dances from all regions of India, as well as western dance forms such as hip hop, jazz, salsa, you name it.
Beginners’ Bollywood is designed with newcomers in mind- newcomers to dance, and newcomers to Bollywood. The focus is not on perfection, but on enjoyment and empowerment through movement. Moves are easy to follow while being energetic, graceful and fun. There are always modifications offered to allow accessibility to all ages and physical needs.
This class is low impact.
All levels welcome.
Hip Hop with Christiane
Christiane teaches an exciting and powerful Hip Hop dance style that works body, mind and spirit. With a unique style deeply rooted in Hip Hop she offers original choreography and a thorough approach to training through strength and flexibility warm ups. Christiane breaks down all choreography and then it’s time for you to shine doing a full Hip Hop dance routine. Class ends with a warm down.
Starting July 8th Fridays 6pm-7pm
for ages 13 & beyond!
No experience required.
Afro Fusion with Andrea will take you on a journey through stylistic dance from the continent of Africa to the barre of ballet, from the theatre of modern dance to the urban innovative street styles. With a classic class format of warm-ups, across the floor and choreographed routines, you will be working up a sweat to sounds from Brazil, West Africa, Jamaica, Haiti, London, Canada, here in the U.S., and much more!
“An individual who embodies the true meaning of passion, dedication, and a rare total love for perfecting the craft.”
“Gifted, creative, talented choreographer who is amiable, affable and most pleasant to work with..”
Wednesday 8:30-9:30, Starting July 6
The class is broken up into 2 parts:
• Footwork : review basic steps as well as learning a fun footwork pattern.
• Partner work- learn how the lead and follow relationship works while incorporating footwork into a partner work that combines Modern and Sensual bachata.
Every class you will learn a different pattern. At the end of each class Jhonatan and Daniela will demo the footwork and partner work taught during class for you to record and practice at home!
No partner or experience is required, just an open mind and the desire to learn!
Patricia A. Lowe (aka Chocolate Platinum), is a 2nd leveled Certified Line Dance Instructor and has been teaching “Chocolate Platinum” Soul Line Dance Classes for adults and *children since June 2012. She teaches these classes to promote “Health and Wellness” with an objective of increased awareness, group collaboration and improved health as one works off the inches and pounds in a vigorous and fun workout…
Patricia and her “Chocolate Platinum Soul Line Dancers” perform at numerous public, private and community events including being featured on television Station KQED Health Blog, opening performance at Entertainment for Faith Fancher’s Breast Cancer Walk, The City of San Pablo’s 4th of July Concert to name a few.
In addition her Performances include
GUINESS WORLD RECORD (LARGEST SOUL TRAIN LINE) 2015
Great America Amusement Park 2015
Asparagus Festival 2015
San Pablo Farmer’s Market 2014
BOPG (Big Ole pretty Girl) Fashion Show 2014 and 2015
Home Depot Annual Celebration 2013
City of Sacramento Black history Program 2014 and 2015
Sacramento State Fair 2015
City of Oakland Annual Toy Parade 2013
City of Berkeley Juneteenth Festival 2014
City Of Oakland Juneteenth Festival 2014 and 2015
City of Oakland Arts and Soul Festival 2015
McClymonds High School Annual Reunion 2012, 2013, and 2014
McClymonds Alumni Basketball game and fund raiser 2013
City of Oakland Christmas Holiday and Tree Lighting Celebration 2014 Richmond
Introduction to Tap
This is the first step for the uninitiated, or the returning student who feels like they’re essentially starting over. This course is a progressive 16 week program requiring pre-registration, and is the only class that does not permit drop-ins. Rudimentary technique and basic vocabulary (physical and musical) are developed through short, repetitive combinations to prepare students for beginning classes at any studio.
Advanced Beginners Tap
These beginning classes refine and expand upon existing technique and essentials of the Intro to Tap class. Increased fluency and comfort in beginning level material means that the classroom pace picks up. Combinations and choreography utilize greater rhythmic sophistication and asymmetrical movement. Rhythm drills prepare students for improvisation. Relevant tap history is always integrated into each class.
Intermediate Tap I
With greater fluency expected, the physical and musical demands increase. Improvisational skills are developed, complicated choreography (original, and historical pieces), musicality (tone and dynamics), orchestrated tap (including canons are explored) and more complicated rhythm drills challenge student’s sense of time. Flash is introduced through careful progressions. Specific aspects of historical figures and their contributions are analyzed and learned.
Intermediate Tap II
These classes move at a quicker pace, require less technical explanation, but more personal accountability (students are encouraged to ‘stand alone’). Students are equipped to develop their foundations in flash, deepen their awareness of the masters, and demonstrate their artistic maturity. Choreography and improvisational drills challenge conceptions and use of tap as a performance and expressive medium. Many drills train students’ ears for greater “metronome sense” in preparation for polymetric hearing. Classes at this level are much more progressive in developing the artist through the culmination of their tap experience.
A very progressive class which focuses on the development of the individual. Elements of style are discussed and through exploratory drills and assignments students begin to define themselves. Structured (and sometimes free) improvisation is often used to exercise new concepts and developments.
How To Pre-Register
The Intro to Tap class does not run end to end/session to session. It requires a minimum of 9 students. When there are enough interested parties the session can start. What has worked in the past is submitting your contact information (name, phone number, and email to the teacher Gregg Geoffroy). He will add you to the list and give you a follow-up call to inform you of a possible start date. In the rare event that a session isn’t going to happen for awhile Gregg suggests a private lesson to get you going and then a drop-in date to the existing class. Particularly if you’ve already had some tap lessons.
Students are strongly encouraged to pay for the session upfront, which keeps them motivated/invested in their development. To reinforce this, classes will cost much less than the drop-in rate (details when you talk to Gregg).
Unless you already have tap shoes don’t buy them before taking the first couple of classes and/or have talked with Gregg. He will make recommendations and help you decide by giving you information to consider. For the first class or two you can wear any low-heeled, solid soled shoe (preferably lace up, or at least very snug). Rubber soles and heels are not recommended. Any additional questions, direct them to Gregg.
Contact Gregg at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Zumba program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
Designed for everyone, every shape and age. All exercisers from beginner to advanced will enjoy the benefits of a Zumba class.
Attire: Comfortable fitness clothes and low tread athletic shoes.
I love teaching Zumba classes. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party! Come join me and you’ll see what I mean. You don’t even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow my lead. It’s easy! Come try it, I guarantee you will have a blast! I look forward to meeting you!