Brazilian, Cuban, Haitian, Latin
Nives, aka Profesora Sambambaia, will instruct you in the technique and art of Afro Brazilian samba no pé, samba de roda, samba reggae, afoxé, axé, puxada de rede. She will also delve into particular music and dance forms of the US, Cuba and Colombia. Nives emphasizes the importance of body alignment, core strength, balance, theatricality and musicality to the execution and enjoyment of learning dance. Combinations of Dunham technique, Capoeira conditioning, core conditioning and stretching are components of every class.
Nives’s Dança Afro+Dance classes are multi-level so all are welcomed regardless of whether or not you have studied dance before. You will simultaneously increase your cardiorespiratory endurance, build lean muscle, and learn diasporic dance aesthetics, techniques and choreographies. You will become stronger, develop skill with basic footwork and familiarity with the music.
Over time you will notice increased fluidity in your movements. As dance combinations gradually increase in complexity and duration you will experience the power and pleasure of moving rhythmically and purposefully through space. Dança Afro+Samba is challenging and rewarding. Wear comfortable clothes and flexible-soled or no shoes.
Susana's classes include an invigorating warm-up and instruction in traditional Afro-Cuban folkloric genres, including Orisha styles and secular dances of Cuba.
With Live Drumming
This class offers the fundamentals of Latin rhythms and dance movements, like salsa, son, cha cha cha and rumba.
Participants will learn balance, coordination and space orientation techniques, in addition to steps and patterns. They will also learn cultural background information that will help them set the mood and project the flavor of these dances.
Class Objectives: To learn Salsa’s rhythmic pattern and variations and basic salsa steps and phrases. Our emphasis will be on Afro-Cuban salsa/timba, Salsa funk and Cabaret salsa styles. Here's an outline of the material we would cover:
- 1. Salsa Music, Rhythm and Beat. a) Basic Salsa rhythm b) Tempo, beats and accents.
- 2. Basic Salsa movement. a) Body alignment b) Cadence (Tumbao). c) Hip and torso movement. d) Knees and feet e) Shoulders and arms.
- 3. Taps, rocks and weight changes. a) Taps (no weight change) b Tap as hold in salsa step. c)Tap as a step d) Rock steps (brief weight changes).
- 4. Basic Salsa steps and positions. a) Stationary lateral, forward/back, diagonal b) Traveling c) Changing directions and space orientation.
- 5. Pivots and basic turns. a) Forward and back pivots. b) Side pivots, c) Diagonal back pivots. d) Salsa half turns and walk turns.
- 6. Combinations and phrases.
This class is an excursion into the polyrhythm of Samba — the dance of life. Samba has its origins in Africa. It 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 and isolations, center floor, across the floor, combos and ending class with a Roda de Samba. Come ready to work and have fun!
1st Saturday of the Month, 11:00am-1:00pm
3rd Saturday of the Month, 1:30-3:30pm
Join us in a new class steeped in the African Diaspora from the Caribbean nation of Haiti. With elements of traditional West African Dance, Afro-Haitian dance has greatly influenced the modern dance world, largely through the research and exposure of the legendary Katherine Dunham. Laure breaks down the technique and explains the origins and meaning of the movement and its accompanying rhythm. The result is a refreshingly active dance experience and an enlightening cultural experience.
This athletic dance form is perfect for dancers of all backgrounds and levels. This high energy class welcomes anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required.
In this class, students will discover the beauty of Haitian Folkloric dance through a lively torso, pelvis and leg movements accompanied by strong rhythmic live drumming.
With Live Music
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Workshop Series Begins in January 2022!
This four week workshop will be an introduction to Haitian drumming. Focusing on rhythms from the Haitian folkloric repertoire, students will learn proper hand techniques, engage in polyrhythmic musical structures and create community.