Our Guest Instructors
Asatu Musunama Hall
Asatu is a seasoned performer, choreographer, Kemetic Yoga Instructor and founding member of Emesè: Messengers of the African Diaspora a collective of artists founded in 1998 with a mission to promote and present the rich cultural traditions of the African Diaspora. Her background in dance incorporates over 25 years of various genres including Ballet, West African, Congolese, Brazilian and Cuban. Her introduction to Afro Brazilian dance and Capoeira began in college in 1992 and grew to become her passion after meeting Mestre Carlos Aceituno in San Francisco and becoming a member of Fogo na Roupa. She has had the honor of studying and performing with a number of master artists in the Bay Area and abroad.
Laurie Fleurentin was born in Haiti and began dancing at the age of five at Academy of Ballet and Arts under the direction of Miss Heileing Herzog. She studied traditional Haitian dance with Armande J. Piard and Vivianne Gauthier and received a Diploma in Dance at L’ ENARTS (Ecole Nationale des Arts) school of Arts in Haiti. She is also a trained vocalist in Haitian Folkloric Traditional chants. Laurie became a professional dancer for Vivianne Gauthier Dance Company where she met Florencia Pierre and started dancing for Afoutayi Jaka. She has also performed at San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival with Eloi Movement and the Haitian Festival at San Francisco with Afoutayi. She is a versatile Haitian dancer of our times and has dedicated herself to the research, development and promotion of traditional Haitian dances, songs and storytelling.
Nives Wetzel de Cediel
Nives, aka Professora Sambambaia, will instruct you in the art and technique of samba de roda, bloco, afoxé, axé, and puxada de rede. She emphasizes the importance of body alignment, balance, theatricality and musicality to the execution of sublime movement and the enjoyment of deep dance practice. Her class is challenging, rewarding and suitable for all levels of skill and experience.