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With Live Drumming. Learn the fun and playful dances of Guinea, including the yankadi and macru dances of seduction, which alternate according to the beat of the drums. The yankadi is slow and mellow (a time to check out your prospects), and the macru is fast and furious, joyfully danced with the partner of your choosing. Traditional Guinean dance...

$15
Su.   Jan 25th, 6pm
Intermediate
(14)

From the French word, “to shake,” Soukouss is all about moving your hips and having fun. It originated in the Congo in the 1960’s as an African version of the Cuban Rumba, and spread across Africa and to Europe over time. Now popular in dance clubs, Soukouss shares elements with hip hop, dancehall, and Afrobeat.

$15
Su.   Jan 25th, 4:30pm
All levels
(14)
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Learn the basics of Afro-Haitian dance in these introductory classes designed to make the shyest new dancers feel welcome, have fun, and build the confidence to get on the dance floor. If you’ve always wanted to start dancing but felt intimidated, these are for you! Or if you want to get back to basics and learn the footwork from the ground up, this...

$10
M.   Jan 26th, 6:30pm
Beginner
(14)
Monday January 26 6:30pm - 7:30pm 1 Session $10
Saturday January 31 4pm - 5pm 1 Session $10
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With Live Drumming. Sheila Anozier begins this class with a gentle warm-up to awaken the body and senses, and moves into a vigorous warm-up focused on building strength, coordination and flexibility. You’ll then be led through a series of movements, culminating in a combination across the floor. At the end, you’ll be invited into a conversation...

$15
M.   Jan 26th, 6pm
All levels
(14)

With Live Drumming. Learn the playful, energetic dances of Guinea and West Africa from Nima Camara. An internationally recognized master of West African dance traditions, Nima will teach you these traditions with warmth and encouragement. Nima held the prestigious and extremely competitive position of Premier Danseur (First Dancer) in the National...

$15
T.   Jan 27th, 6pm
All levels
(14)

With Live Drumming. Learn the fun and playful dances of Guinea, including the yankadi and macru dances of seduction, which alternate according to the beat of the drums. The yankadi is slow and mellow (a time to check out your prospects), and the macru is fast and furious, joyfully danced with the partner of your choosing. Traditional Guinean dance...

$15
T.   Jan 27th, 7:30pm
All levels
(14)
Tuesday January 27 7:30pm - 9pm 1 Session $15
Friday January 30 6pm - 7:30pm 1 Session $15
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With Live Drumming. Go deeper into your core with the healing movements of Congolese Dance, called a “medicine dance” for its therapeutic properties. Dance moves include slow and funky grooves, and also fast footwork and intense body isolations. Congolese dance is at the root of many dances we know today, such as hip hop, salsa, merengue, reggae,...

$15
T.   Jan 27th, 7:30pm
All levels
(14)

With Live Drumming. Journey to the nanm (“soul” in Haitian Kreyol) of Afro-Haitian dance and become acquainted with the different Iwa (gods) in the Vodou religion through their dances, songs, rhythms, and rituals. You’ll explore the undulating movements of Yanvalu, the powerful precision of Nago, and the grace and beauty of the Kongo dance –...

$18
W.   Jan 28th, 7:30pm
All levels
(14)

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Come Get Your AfroBeat Body On! Join Iris Wilson From Broadway’s FELA! in this high energy aerobic dance workout. Inspired by the undulating hip movements in the show Fela!, AfroBeat Body is a fun fusion of West African, aerobic and funk dance designed to give you a total body dance workout. Come work out and groove to the fusion sound of AfroBeat...

$12
Th.   Jan 29th, 7:30pm
All levels
(14)

With Live Drumming. Learn the fun and playful dances of Guinea, including the yankadi and macru dances of seduction, which alternate according to the beat of the drums. The yankadi is slow and mellow (a time to check out your prospects), and the macru is fast and furious, joyfully danced with the partner of your choosing. Traditional Guinean dance...

$15
Th.   Jan 29th, 6pm
Beginner
(14)
Thursday January 29 6pm - 7:30pm 1 Session $15
Saturday January 31 3:30pm - 5pm 1 Session $15
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With Live Drumming. In this class, you will explore Afro-Cuban rhythms, as well as the symbolic movements associated with the Orishas (African Deities of the Yoruba/Lucumi tradition.) Students will gain an understanding of these ancient Orisha expressions through movement, song, rhythm, and their representations.

$15
F.   Jan 30th, 6pm
All levels
(14)

Afro-Latin Funk is a term developed to describe a style of street salsa/mambo dancing. It incorporates movements and feelings from its African and Afro-Cuban roots. Bring out the Latin "sabor" in your body to go with your footwork, and your dancing will never look the same. This class will train you to isolate and control every part of your body from...

$15
Th.   Jan 29th, 6pm
All levels
(14)

Shakira Marshall, one of the FELA! queens, returns to Cumbe with Afro-Soca! Whine your hips to the upbeat, tropical rhythms of Soca music and learn other popular Caribbean dances in this workshop that fuses both African and Caribbean dance styles. Dance movements take their inspiration from various forms: traditional West African, Congolese, Caribbean...

$15
F.   Jan 30th, 7:30pm
All levels
(14)

The class will engage students in beginner level dance movement and terminology through core strength training, body conditioning, and mind/spirit building exercises. The class movement style is inspired by African diasporic dances and African rhythms and sounds. Allow your spirit to experience the fullness of space, and your range of movement through...

$15
Sa.   Jan 31st, 11am
All levels
(14)

Come shake it like you’ve got nothing to lose! Maria will get you dancing and sweating to an energetic mix of African, Hip Hop, House, Salsa, and Merengue dance styles (to name a few), and give you that special dance mojo to power you through the rest of your week.

$12
W.   Jan 28th, 5:30pm
All levels
(14)

Take this art form to the stage or to a club using a repertoire of styles including popping, locking and breaking. You’ll enhance your dance skills and body articulation as you train in Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory’s signature blade Technique, which is designed to create a solid foundation for all movement. Hip hop music throughout the decades will...

$15
T.   Jan 27th, 6pm
Beginner
(14)

With Live Drumming. Spark your energy and awaken your hips with a fusion of traditional Brazilian dances and contemporary styles. You’ll learn samba, samba reggae, samba rock and funk, and pagode from Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, all while getting a dynamic cardiovascular workout. Danielle will lead you through a gentle warm-up at the beginning that...

$15
M.   Jan 26th, 7:30pm
All levels
(14)

Explore the rich folklore and energetic dances of the Wolof, Mandinka, Djola, and Bambara people of Senegal with a dance company that is devoted to preserving West African history and culture. You will be guided through the different styles of song and dance and also inspired with a holistic knowledge of this beautiful and spiritual art. Master teacher...

$15
W.   Jan 28th, 11:30am
All levels
(14)

Expand your awareness with Ronald’s signature style that fuses western modern with traditional, contemporary, and social dance forms from the U.S., Senegal, Cuba, and Ivory Coast. You’ll see how classical lines from ballet are as essential to dance moves from Guinea as chest pumps, and develop the versatility to be able to move from one style to...

$15
W.   Jan 28th, 6pm
All levels
(14)

In this class we will learn steps and variations of this fast paced dance. Rhythmically driven and playful, some basic Milonga will improve anyone's Tango, and is a fantastically fun addition to your Tango dance repertoire. Milonga is the joyful dance that is at the heart of Argentine Tango and is a part of any evening of social Tango dancing. Originally...

$25
Th.   Jan 29th, 8:30pm
Intermediate
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Thursday January 29 8:30pm - 9:30pm 1 Session $25
Thursday February 5 8:30pm - 9:30pm 1 Session $25
Thursday February 12 8:30pm - 9:30pm 1 Session $25
Thursday February 19 8:30pm - 9:30pm 1 Session $25
Thursday February 26 8:30pm - 9:30pm 1 Session $25
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