Afro Party Dance Workshop with Nkei Oruche

Afro Party Dance, The Master Edition

Love Afrodance styles but not quite sure how to move when the jams come on? Or maybe you're a Native/longtime Afro dancer, but don't have enough spaces to immerse yourself in the sound? From Lagos to Bahia, London to Kinshasa, Lome to Port-Au-Prince, Luanda to Kingston, get down to the sounds of the African Diaspora's hottest parties.

Taught by Nigerian performer and choreographer, Nkei Oruche, this workshop will focus on exploring basic to advanced moves of Afrobeats dance styles, while incorporating techniques and movement from other genres including Ndombolo, Kuduro, Afrohouse & Dancehall.

Thursday July 27, 2017
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th Street (corner Mission), San Francisco
$20 PreReg, more at the door
Click Ticket link to register: Select 'Workshop' Tab, and scroll down to AfroDance Workshop and click 'Sign Up'

Sherrie Silver AfroDance Workshop July 9th Oakland.

Eventbrite - Sherrie Silver AfroDance Workshop - Oakland Bay AreaAfroCali Dançar and Afro Urban Society present
Sherrie Silver AfroDance Workshop- Oakland/Bay Area

Welcome, for the first time in the Bay Area, Internationally-Renowned Afro-Dancer Sherrie Silver Area, for a fun and energetic 2-hour AfroDance workshop! Get in the groove with hottest and latest dance styles all over Africa Afrobeats, Kuduro, Dancehall and more.

Sunday July 9th
Trilliant Studios: 130 Linden St, Oakland CA
Check-in 1:45-2:00pm | Workshop 2:00pm-4:00pm

Limited discount early bird tickets on sale NOW!
Prices go up weekly or when they sell out!
Sponsorship rates/Donations available for people who want to support scholarships for folks who can’t afford tickets.

Videos of Sherrie:

Oakland Museum was Everything Last Night + Playlist

First time in 2017 back at the OMCA, after all the fun and madness we had last year in November the official month of Bay Area Global Afro Urban revelry.

I HAD FUN!! So much fun I forgot to take any video or photo of my own (as per usual). And in general I'm just really not up on the social media insta life... so you'll have to take my word for it. This little clip is JUST warm up.

The playlist, short and simple, the choreo and vibes HOT and blazing, the energy OH MY GOSH. Shou out to the familiar faces who BROUGHT IT!! You know who you are.

For this playlist I tried to include a chunk of 'lesser' known artists to the now ubiquitous Afrobeats/vibes soundscape (Afrobeats is officially over lol, now that every mainstream artist is doing it, and every DJ is rocking it, and every dance teacher 'teaching' it)...but as a native afrobeatsian and cultural ambassador...I'll just have to ride this wave. :)

Here's the Playlist from 4/28/2017 at the OMCA

  1. Yawa- Tekno (Warm Up)
  2. Koffi Anan-Yemi Alade (Choreo Breakdown)
  3. What's That- Vector (Choreo Breakdown)
  4. Bambi- Jidenna (Choreo Breakdown)
  5. U Name It (Afrobeats Remix)- Pryse ft. Koker (Choreography)
  6. Pana- Zana (Solo/Circle/Freestyle
I'll see y'all again soon! 

April 28: Afrobeats Dance Party Half-Hour at OMCA

BdA 2016, Photo by Lanee Mecca

"I always feel kinda self conscious posting things not directly related to the most current tragic brand of evilery that is happening in this vile world that humans have created. But I also know that it's that AND, this. And as I'm blessed with the opportunity to create and facilitate healing, sweaty, laughing spaces for people then I should do it.
This year especially, through Dance I have been able to connect with people who could use at the very least one hour to get away from it all. I'm lucky that the work that I do and I'm good at is something that humans 'actually' need.
So come, get your half-hour, ginga your muscles, bones, mind, soul, spirit, digestive system, whatever you want... you name it!"
Meet Nkei Oruche and friends...on the dance floor....
hard, fast, slow, all Afro!
at the Oakland Museum PLAZA

let us know you're coming

Thank You. HNY. And WTF

'Backstage @ BDA 2016' photo by Lanee Mecca

yes all of those things. wtf with this whole world and human greed and evil. trying to find the hope and the laughter and the dance and the fortitude to go on in what is not new of our ability to destroy each other...and the love of white supremacy and tyranny

check out random photos from my 6-week trip to Nigeria + other updates on the Afro Urban front
via Afro Urban Society's instagram | fb events | and website

I'll be here in November: Events, Classes, and All

November officially begins the energy of Bacchanal de Afrique- 2016, get your Afro-Urban Dance Experience On.  Check Out What I'm up to this Month, there is A LOT to choose from!!!
Photo by KSJ Photography
  1. Friday Nov 4 Gbedu Town Radio at Oakland Museum 6:30pm
  2. Sunday Nov 13 CaliWynd's Showtime w Shemica Johnson 1:30pm at Barefoot Movement
  3. Sunday Nov 13 Afro-Urban Dance Elements with Nkei Oruche at UC Berkeley 1:00pm-3:00pm
  4. Friday Nov 18 Til' Dance Do Us Part- Bacchanal de Afrique 2016 @ Dance Mission
  5. Saturday Nov 19 Azonto vs. Afrobeats Dance Workshop @ Dance Mission
  6. Saturday Nov 19 Community Lab- Bacchanal de Afrique (Oakland) for the African Diaspora 6pm @ EastSide Arts Alliance
  7. Sunday Nov 20 Afrobeats & Turf & Soul Line & More Workshops (BdA 2016) Beginning @ 11am @ EastSide Arts Alliance

Bacchanal de Afrique 2016 is Here

For Tickets and More Info Visit Afro Urban Society

A Celebration of Afro-Urban Art and Culture

Friday November 18, 8PM
Til’ Dance Do Us Part, An Afro Urban Musical
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco
More Info | Tickets | on FB

A joyful, tongue-in-cheek narrative of love and coming-of-age delivered against a socio-historical backdrop. Til’ Dance Do Us Part is a celebration of Urban African life stages that will have you on your feet, grooving and hollering. Pulsating with the sounds of Afrobeats, Azonto, Turf, Second-Line, Dancehall, Soukous, Rumba and many more, this night of revelry features a cast of performers showcasing the diversity of contemporary African Diaspora.

Saturday November 19, 6-11PM
BdA Community Lab
A Celebration of Afro-Urban Art, Culture & People
EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland
More Info | Free Ticket | on FB
A free event catered to people of African descent inviting the audience into the creative process with performances that celebrate our life stages.
Live Music | Dance Performances | DJ | Visual Art | Food | Afrobeats| Dancehall | Soukous | Hip Hop | Funk & More

Sunday November 20, 11AM-7PM
BdA Community Workshops
EastSide Arts Alliance, Oakland
More Info | Tickets | on FB

A day of Afro-Urban community workshops/classes featuring various instructors teaching Afrobeats, Dancehall, Turf, Soul Line and more!
2016 Theme: Bacchanal de Afrique 2016- Til’ Dance Do Us Part, follows the trajectory of life via the contemporary musical and dance celebrations of people of the Urban African Diaspora. Featuring a diverse group of performers of African heritage, this production will examine and show how the varied global-African experiences of music, dance, and artistic aesthetics anchor life; from the wondrous and miraculous birth to the tumultuous transition from adolescence to adulthood, the arduous search for partnering to the inevitable mystery of death.
#BdA2016 #BacchanaldeAfrique #AfroUrbanSociety