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. 

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