More Free Afro-Urban Dance

Additional Dates added...
with Nkei Oruche & D. Fuse

Friday Aug 1st
Friday Aug 15th
Friday Aug 29th
Friday Sep 5th

all 6:30-7:00pm, all Free, all family friendly, both fun (I hope).
http://museumca.org/event/friday-nights-august-1
more info http://www.danceslave.com/

Catch Me in the Streets of Oakland

D-fuse/Afro-Urban Dance
@Oakland Museum Friday Nights, doing what I/we do best!! 6:30-7:00pm
  • June 6
  • July 25
  • August 1
  • September 5
 
BoomShake Drum Corp
  • June 6  Oakland First Friday (Location TBA) 7:30pm-Until
  • June 14 Saturday Lake Merritt Farmer's Market

 

Afro-Urban Dance Recap + Subbing Rashad Pridgen's Afro-house hop @ Dance Mission

*crawls out from under rock*

 First. I am subbing for Rashad Pridgen Saturday 4/5.2014 at Dance Mission Theater 3316 24th St. Come get your dance on. 

Then:
I said to folks who came to Afro-Urban dance day, that I would post the song list, vids, photos et. al by Monday. But I guess lied. I am sorry. This week has been ROUGH but amazing. On Friday the day before Afro-Urban dance day a friend of mine died. She was one of my best friends and my life dance partner. I still had to go through with teaching and dancing the next day because I guess that's what life is about, you just keep on. I have been so busy, I had a really big project to wrap up, family, and everything else. So almost a week later here is the first part of a recap.

AFRO-URBAN DAY was a blast and I can't wait to do it again! We daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanced all day. By the end of it my D-fuse crew was begging to stop dancing. Except that when a song came on the liked they couldn't help but then jump up and dance some more. We were joined by the amazing, fierce dancer Shemica Watkins. We popped, whined, rolled and dropped every part of our body. It was great. 

 Part of my explorations and dance facilitation is to share what songs I use to facilitate workshops so that the joyful expression you experienced can continue (until we dance again). Videos & photos to come.

Part 1. Song List.

Beginning Class
  •  Jasi- Banky W (Nigeria)
  • Wobble- V.I.C. (USA) 
  • Azonto- Fuse ODG (Ghana/UK)
  • Happiness-Mafikizolo ft. May D (South Africa/ Nigeria)

Mixed Level Class
  • Cha Cha Slide: a contemporary American folk line dance with called instructions. by Chicagan music artist DJ Casper and is heavily inspired by the Chicago stepping movement
  • The Wobble: a song by rapper and  recording artist V.I.C from Atlanta. The wobble dance is a popular line dance performed everywhere from wedding receptions to clubs.
  • WOP: Southern Hip hop/Rap song by recording artist J-dash who hails from Jacksonville, Florida. The song is about getting money, taking care of your bills, and just wanting to WOP the night away.
  • "Gas Pedal" is a song by American rapper Sage the Gemini featuring rapper Iamsu! The dance style: 'Yikin'. Hyphy music from the East Bay Area.
  • Skelewu: an Afropop song by Nigerian Artist Davido, it has a signature dance move and also references another old street dance move galala from Nigeria.
  •  "Azonto" is a single by British-Ghanaian singer-rapper Fuse ODG, featuring Itz Tiffany. Azonto is a dance and a music genre originating from Ghana. Azonto is known to have originated from a traditional dance called Kpanlogo which was derived from urban youth around the Greater Accra Region.
  • Skip to my lou: A dancehall banger by Jamaican recording artist QQ ft. ding dong.
  • Bruk it down: A booty popping Dancehall song by Mr. Vegas. We bruk it down!!
  • Velocidade Seis by Mulher Melancia from Brasil: Funk Carioca style. pelvic-booty excising rhythm
  • Ndombolo by JB Mpiana: Soukous is a genre of dance music that originated from Cuban Rumba music in the Belgian Congo and French Congo during the 1940s, the Kwasa Kwasa is a dance that was done to Soukous music. Ndombolo is a newer/faster offshoot of Soukou
  • African Skank: By Nigerian Recording Artist JJC as a homage to afro-urban dance from Africa. This your afro-pop dance quiz.
Performance Class
  • Azonto Skank by Tribal Magz for Warm-up
  • Jasi by Banky W for choreography workshop

Are you ready??

THIS SATURDAY MARCH 29TH! Is it possible that one day could be just filled with so much booty shaking, waist winding, back popping? Women dancers, singers, DJ, artists working hard to make magic for y'all. Don't sleep on it. Start warming up with classes for various levels at Afro-Urban/Global Street Dance Day, beginning at 11:15am, then All Ages Dance party to show of what you know, then continue and end it at dancing the night away at **KIZOMBA**Queens of African Rhythm Wear All Pink Party ! - Featuring Katumbella.

Empowering Women of Color Conference 'Report Back'

I had a really moving (in variety of ways), inspiring, and fun day with some of my close friends, co-facilitators, my D-fuse crew and other EWOC conference attendees.

I co-facilitated an exciting drum workshop via my BoomShake partners Sarah N & Poonam, then went right into doing an Afro-urban dance workshop with my D-Fuse ladies. There was a second session for the drum workshop, that Poonam & Sarah facilitated while I had the dance workshop. In the drum workshop we worked on a Chant-oriented rhythm that was a piece of a song that I arranged that we are calling 'Nkei's Afro-blend Extravaganza' :). We had about 30+ women making loud on the Berkeley Campus.

In the dance workshop we pretty much worked on Azonto and did some follow-the leader, and solo in the middle bits. 1-hour of sweat and smiles. The room was packed but I think we made it work! I was so proud of my crew for co-facilitating and proud of everyone in the room for being unabashedly participatory.  Here's music we used in class:

Happiness- Mafikizolo
Azonto- Fuse ODG
Personally- PSquare
Skelewu- Davido
Kukere- Iyanya
hope to see folks at the Afro-Urban/Global Street Dance Day

Afro-Urban/Global Street Dance Day: Sat MARCH 29



An exciting day-long Afro-Urban/Global Street Dance workshops facilitated by Nkeiruka Oruche, D-fuse Afro-Urban Dancers, guest instructors and women DJs. Using Afro-Urban/Global Street Dance as the method, this workshop series is a way to let it all out using your body, voice and attitude! We welcome people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities and ethnic backgrounds. We work to create a space where people can come to de-stress, be physically active and have a fun time and a perfect body shaking session with community.

Coupe Decale | Azonto | Dancehall | Soca | Naija | Kwaito Ndombolo | Afrobeat | Afro-House | Hip Hop | & More

Sessions
11:15am - 12:15pm (beginner class)
12:15pm - 2:00pm (Free Lunchtime Cypher/Dance space with DJ Baagi)
2:15pm - 3:30pm (all-levels class)
3:45pm - 5:00pm (intermediate/advanced class)
5:00pm-9:00pm (all ages-party featuring DJ and performances)

The pre-reg fee to attend one workshop is $12. Get your tickets here:

Walk-up rates: are $12/youth & $15/adults
for group rates & scholarship contact:
nkeiru@one3snapshot.com | 415-320-6534

View session descriptions HERE




March Madness in DanceLand

Just the other day I was inviting you to something in January, and now I can't believe February is virtually over and I'm sweating over March.

Highlights...

March 4th- Mardi Gras Parade in Oakland
March 5th- Tykes Tunes at the Asian Library
March 8th- D-fuse Performance @ My Art, My Culture Awards
March 15th- Afro-Urban Dance Workshop (Session 3) at Empowering Women of Color Conference
March 15th - BoomShake Drum Workshops (Session 2 & 3) at EWOC Conference
March 16th- Tyke Tunes Family Music & Dance Jam
March 29th- Afro-Urban/Global Street Dance Day- Workshops & All Ages Party

Details

coming soon.