Dance Performance Workshop Begins October 3rd

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bacchanal de afrique Dance Performance Workshop
MONDAYS 7-9:00PM
Oct 3 - Nov 21 2016
Solespace: 1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Save the Dates for Bacchanal de Afrique Events
Friday November 18 at Dance Mission
Saturday November 19 at EastSide Cultural Center

With Nkei Oruche  & Shemica Johnson [CaliWYND]
Club & Party  Dances From Urban African Diaspora: Afrobeats, Dancehall, Azonto, Coupe Decale, Afro House, and more!

This workshop series will culminate in a performance at the Bacchanal de Afrique- 2016 show on Friday November 18 at Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater (as well as other performances TBA).


Register for Workshop
Learn more about Bacchanal de Afrique
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This workshop is open to all body types and genders, all experience levels; beginner to advance. (You can be enrolled in this workshop but choose not to perform).

A few things to note
* Workshop needs a minimum of 15 full paying participants to run.
*There are limited amount of spots, so if you want to do it, hop on without delay!

$130-$250 Sliding scale (if you are able please consider paying more to accomodate those who can't)
$23 -Drop-In (allowed only once per instructor approval)
Limited POC Youth/Student Scholarships Available. Email to request.


San Jose State Won't Let Him Graduate, He Needs Your Help!!

Hi Friends,
I have an Urgent request. Please help me support this young man to finish college and receive his degree which is being thwarted (more info below) by the incompetence of San Jose State University. I need to raise $2500, and I know with the community of folks we have it is possible.

How to Help
  1. Paypal money to his mother 'Send money to friends and family' kittynkuda@yahoo.com 
  2. Purchase a T-shirt here and all proceeds will benefit this family and given to his mom
  3. Mail a check (email for address)
  4. Click the Help Now Button below to make a donation by CC.
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The Story
Ronald Mills, a 24 year old young man from West Oakland, went against the odds, beat the statistics and made it into San Jose State University to pursue a college education. In May 2016, with pride and extreme joy he walked the stage. He pursued a degree in Sociology with plans to work with children and adults in mental health because he wants to ensure that they get the care they need.
He was ready to move on to the next phase of his life, as a hardworking community member, an inspiration and motivation to his 14 year old younger sister Jayla, and a support system for his Mom, when he found out after weeks of waiting that he would not be receiving his Diploma.

Heartbroken, frustrated and distraught, Ronald found out that this was due to his counselor at SJSU misinforming him about the requirements and in fact approving him to matriculate.  He still had 2 classes, and he had used up all his financial aid and since he had 'graduated' lost access to the scholarships that helped him get through college in the first place. Although this is SJSU's error, the only answers they have for him, is to take and pay for these class by Sep 14, 2016 out of pocket. Ronald and his family worked hard to finish school, and $2500 is an insurmountable amount them to come up with in such a short amount of time.
Please help this young man continue to beat the odds. Please support him with your voice and funds to make it. Please donate and please share with other people to help.

Jaajo/Afrobeats Workshops!


Join your favorite Afro-Urban dancers to break a sweat, and keep your heart rate up. Get down to the sounds of New Afrobeats, Soukous, Afro Pop, Dancehall Soca and more!

Rasaq Lawal-JAAJO is bringing the Naija Afrobeats heat all the way from Houston to Oakland. While grooving to the infectious sounds of Afrobeats music, get your dance life with 3 workshop offerings available:

Sunday Aug 21 12:00-1:30pm- Afrobeats Master Class @ Studio Grand, 32324 Grand Ave., Oakland

Monday Aug 21 7:00-9:00pm- Jaajo Dance + Afrobeats Fitness @ Studio Grand, 32324 Grand Ave., Oakland

Tuesday Aug 23 7:00-9:00pm- Afro Dance Mega (Multiple Instructors) @ SoleSpace, 1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Check out the Events page on FB to see all upcoming Afro-Urban workshops and classes with various instructors
https://www.facebook.com/dfusedance/events

Our Lives Matter, Our Expressions Matter: Dance With Us this Summer

Photo Credit: Rick Wilking / Reuters

This post is here later than I planned, because it seemed impossible to write. Anything.

But there's good stuff here... keep reading.

If you haven't been living under a rock, in the past couple of weeks, you may have felt your heart break again, your hopelessness rise again, your despair take center stage again. If you are Black or Brown you may have felt unconstrained anger, fear and confusion at the rate of senseless state sanctioned killings of people who look like you.

The words I've written are only a minute and basic description of how I've felt as I am unable to properly write how: Exhausted I feel at yet one more hashtag. Furious I feel at yet one more act of killing, discrimination, displacement, appropriation, abuse, disregard for Black people. Confused I feel about .what. I. should. do. Stuck I feel between the need to quit and the realization that 'it' would win if I do.

Some words written by Alicia Garza on July 7, 2016, helped dissolve some of the stickiness:

"And while our resistance is righteous, it will always be met with resistance. It is something we should expect. It should be a part of our strategy. What will we do when they push back, because we know they will? When they pass more laws that punish us for daring to live, what will we do? How will we respond? When fascists attempt to take control, what will we do?

The only thing I know is that we must, like we have no other fucking choice than to commit ourselves to dreaming. To figuring it out. To making mistakes. To feel, because when we feel we know viscerally why it is that we cannot stop moving forward.

Alton Sterling's family, his 15 year old child, demands that we figure this shit out. Trayvon and Mike and Islan and Penny and Mya and Reneisha and Jordan and Sandra and Pearl are counting on us to figure this shit out.

Because if we don't...if we fall into despair and disbelief, we have already been defeated. And there will still be mothers who have had their children stolen from them, there will still be an empty seat at the table, there will still be despair and disbelief that will laugh in our faces when we dare to be free.

I have committed myself to continuing to dare to be free, to fight to win. I want to win. I want them to stop killing us. Nothing can deter me. No one can stop me from that.

No one.

Nothing."

Dare to be Free. Dare to be FREE!!

A complex phrase.

From the Continent to the Diaspora, people of African descent have created, used, shared their dance as they dare to be free from colonization, human trafficking, war and displacement. WE have made immeasurable and influential contributions to the world, from Hip hop to Jazz, Ndombolo to Afrobeat, Samba to Rueda, Second Line to Swing, Kuduro to (insert here).

Enter Afro Urban Society, a project committed to support, acknowledge and celebrate artists and cultural workers of African descent to do what they do best: Dare us to be free. Support the work of your Bay Area Artists of African Descent. Dare yourself to be Free. Let them know their work, lives, joy MATTER.

Dance.
Dance.

Opportunities this Summer for an Unforgettable Afro-Urban Dance Experience
  • CaliWynd with Shemica Johnson- July 17
  • Deep House with Rashad Pridgen- Sundays beginning July 17
  • Afro-Urban for LGBTQ Families with Nkei- 9/17, 10/15 & 11/5
  • Afro-Uban Dance at The Umoja Festival- Aug 20
  • Afro-Urban Style Hipline Technique with Alicia- July 16 (Ongoing)
  • 8/20 Afro-Urban Dance at The Umoja Festival
  • SAVE THE DATES NOV 17-19 Bacchanal de Afrique 2016!!
For details of each check out our the Newsletter and also subscribe to the FB Event Page

OMCA- Friday July 1: Afro-Party Grooves- Half Hour

Photo by G. Hoffman-Ellis
Why do you dance?
"Because I've been falling into a black hole and music has the lamp."


Sometimes, all we have the music. and the dance.

This Friday... party riders, dance ambassadors, waist whiners, booty poppers, hard hitters, light bringers, beat slayers, life givers. This one is for you. Let's go there.

Meet Nkei Oruche and friends...on the dance floor....
hard, fast, slow, all Afro!
6:30-7:00pm
at the Oakland Museum PLAZA

let us know you're coming

Next Up: Umoja African Festival Oakland- Aug 20, 2016

Photo from Umoja Website
My dear African. Black. Melanin-Rich people,

On August 20, 2016 at Lowell Park, Oakland, don't be a learner. If you can say the following:

I am African. I love Africans. I love Oakland. I love music. I love good food. I love people having a good time. I love multi-generational events. I love free!

Then act right because Umoja Festival is all of these things.

This is an event I look forward to every year. And this year it's extra special, because I will working with the fine folks at Umoja to produce the Dance portion of festival so you know it's going to be LIT!



Come to this.

MAY 16: Brazilian Rhythms:

Percussion Workshop with Thais Bezerra

Monday May 16, 2016
8-10pm
Trybe: 2008 Park Blvd., Oakland
$30 for Drop-In
OPEN TO ALL LEVELS
Free for participants currently enrolled in our adult programs

About Maestrina Thais Bezerra:

Thaís Bezerra is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and educator who specialize in Brazilian folk music. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she resides. Bezerra holds a Bachelor Degree in Music from CBM-CEU Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, 2011). In 2014,Bezerra became an Orff certified teacher from the San Francisco School in California, USA. She is currently taking her first semester on music education master program at PROEMUS/UNIRIO (Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro,Brazil).

In addition, Thais is the conductor of two Blocos in Rio: "MULTIBLOCO” and the “Terreirada Cearense (Percussion Ensemble with over 100 percussionists). She also plays with "Bateria Vila Isabel - Swingueira de Noel", one of the Brazilian lead samba school from Rio and she is a member of “Damas de Ferro Brass Band” (a whole female percussion, woodwind and brass ensemble)

Other important work experience as a teacher, conductor and arranger includes an Artist in Residence invited by the Bay Area cultural performance community company "SambaFunk! Carnaval Explosion (www.sambafunk.com)" in preparation for the Carnaval San Francisco and Oakland Carnival 2015 and 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsJpala5kPg