Afrobeats with LydRock (Bay Area AfriRock Takeover)
Aug
22
to Oct 31

Afrobeats with LydRock (Bay Area AfriRock Takeover)

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND to the BAY AREA, join phenomenal Ghanian performer & choreographer LydRock in the most action-packed Afrobeats workshop in the Bay this season. Get introduced to LydRock's signature 'AfriRock', an Afrobeats choreography workshop which includes various urban African and Hiphop. https://www.instagram.com/_lydrock/

AfrirRock TAKEOVER | Afrobeats with LydRock
Wednesdays 8-9:30pm
Aug 22 - October 31 only
Dance Mission Theater: 3316 24th St. SF
Open to All Levels

6 Week Workshop - All Levels: Aug 22-Sep 26 | $120
** Early bird (before August 15) - $100)
5 Week Workshop- Intermediate/All Levels: Oct 5-31 | $100
Both open to drop in: $25

ABOUT LYDROCK
Lydia 'LydRock' Rockson is a dancer and choreographer with a passion for contemporary and cultural African dance. Born in Tema, Ghana, raised in New York and Fort Worth, Texas and currently living in Houson, Texas, Lydia has been dancing all her life. A psychology graduate of University of Houston, she started professionally dancing in her freshman year and since then has developed her signature 'AfriRock' style, a mix of hip hop and new African dance. She currently teaches classes to all ages, and also performs with top names in the industry including Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Dbanj and Tekno to name a few.

LydRock's creative prowess surpasses just the dance floor, she also has an eye for fashion and styling. Guided by the quote "I'll rather try and fail than to not try at all", her goal is to tour the world teaching and empowering dancers and non dancers alike to aspire to be more than their current situation while cultivating and spreading the culture! Follow her work at IG: _lydrock | YouTube: LydRock

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The BuckShop! Secondline Dance Workshop + Parade w/ Michelle Gibson & OSLP...
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

The BuckShop! Secondline Dance Workshop + Parade w/ Michelle Gibson & OSLP...

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11/18 | 2-4PM
[The BuckShop] w/ Michelle Gibson & Oakland Secondline Project [Live Music]
Secondline Dance Workshop & Parade
Malonga Casquelourd Center: 1428 Alice St, Oakland: 2nd Floor, Studio A
Co-presented by The Oakland Secondline Project, Kongo SQ West, nzo.CALIFA Dance Works & Rara Tou Limen

Instructed & Ushered by New Orleans Michelle Gibson Native and accompanied by authentic LIVE Secondline Band, the BuckShop will engage you in the culture and traditions of the Black New Orleans community as it pertains to our dance, music & history. New Orleans, one of the most unique and culturally enriched cities in the United States, continues to maintain its Diasporic traditions everyday through its music, dance, food, language, and art just to name a few. Conjuring up dances on the scared grounds of Congo Square, as we Second Line down the streets of Oakland is who we be.

This event is presented as part of the Afro Urban Society's 2018 Bakanal de Afrique, Afro Urban Festival For more information and full festival listing visit www.bakanaldeafrique.com

ABOUT

Michelle N. Gibson [The BuckShop] | Dance Instructor/Secondline
Michelle N. Gibson, choreographer, instructor, and performing artist, received her B.F.A in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance and Performance Studies from Hollins University/American Dance Festival at Duke University graduate program. Relocated to Dallas, Texas after Katrina, New Orleans native Michelle studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, and the Urban Bush Women's, "Walking with Pearl Primus" intensive. Her motion picture credits include having been cast as a featured dancer in the Academy Award nominated film, Interview With a Vampire, the Academy Award winning film Ray, and the movie Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan.

Michelle Gibson’s choreographic works include New Orleans Second Line: Takin It To The Roots performed at the American Dance Festival summer 2011, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters with the Dallas Children's Theatre, currently on tour; "Krump" choreographed and accompanied by the LoneStar Wind Orchestra at the Meyerson Center; Texas Educators Music Conference in San Antonio accompanying the Texas University Orchestra; 2008 South Dallas Dance Festival premiering excerpts from I Made It, But Some Didn't, a tribute to souls survivors of Hurricane Katrina; the Dallas premiere of Evolution: Honoring, recognizing, and uplifting women of color and Sisters of the Yam which premiered at South Dallas Cultural Center in 2012.

Bakanal de Afrique (BdA), is an Afro Urban festival. The gifted child of Afro Urban Society, BdA brings us together across cultures, and showcases new, emerging and underground urban art, culture and people through performance, workshops, visual media and conversations. The festival features multiple days of events in collaboration with artists and various organizational partners.

Afro Urban Society is an exuberant network of brilliant artists and culture workers dedicated to celebrating the unique expressions of Urban Africans through programs, performances and productions. afrourbansociety.com

The Oakland Second Line Project Founded by native New Orleanian Nate Cameron and Bay Area brass band MJ’s Brass Boppers, The Oakland Second Line Project is a cultural community experience bringing the authentic African roots of Second Line History and spirit of community building from New Orleans to POC communities of Oakland, Ca. The Oakland Second Line Project aims to bring free quality black cultural arts community experiences to black neighborhoods of Oakland, Ca that otherwise would not traditionally have access to them. Our brand hopes to achieve leaving the black communities we work in inspired with sustainable ideas, skills, community resources, and networking system all while appreciating and supporting local black arts and artists. www.TheOSLP.com FB: The Oakland Second Line Project IG: @OaklandSecondLine

Kongo SQ West Kinship Society Inspired by its historical moniker, Kongo SQ West Kinship Society boasts over 10 years of dedicated service “serving to build bridges, restore networks and bind cultural ties.” In response to the Gulf Coast Hurricanes, a call to action propelled its launch in 2005 providing distinct services of impact in Relief campaign advancement and Social Entrepreneurship to include: Bay Area, CA, New Orleans, Harlem, Houston, Haiti, Peru and the Congo. A respected leadership in creating “kinship-partnered” initiatives, co-produce Commemorative concerts and events in the Bay Area such as A Night of Tribute in Dance: Honoring Dance & Drum Pioneers partnered with the San Francisco Int'l Festival, The Malonga Center #REUNION2013 partnered with City of Oakland Parks and Rec , Rara Tou Limen's Rasanble Haitian Arts and Culture and Cristo Moreno: Afro Peruvian Musical partnered with De Rompe y Raja Cultural Organization. Building ART with celebrated Visionaries, Change leaders and Cultural Architects, that manifest a legacy of excellence in Cultural Arts. #KSQwest

  • ●kinship portals: Oakland, New Orleans, Harlem...

  • ●kinfolks exchange: Salvador da Bahia, Haiti, Cuba, Peru

  • ●African connexUS sites: Congo, Senegal, Guinea, Nigeria

Rara Tou Limen Established in 2004 by Artistic Director Portsha Jefferson, Rara Tou Limen has continually offered Bay Area residents, as well as people from all over the United States, the opportunity to experience Haitian music, dance and culture through classes, workshops, performances and educational events in both the United States and in Haiti. Our mission is to educate audiences about the richness of Haitian culture through artistic expression, while building and enhancing working relationships with other Haitian cultural groups in the U.S. and Haiti. The company is carrying on the long legacy of creating strength and solidarity within the Haitian community, while actively raising awareness (and funds) for Haitian organizations

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AFRO DANCE MEGA!!!!! Pt. 2
Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

AFRO DANCE MEGA!!!!! Pt. 2

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AFRO DANCE MEGA!!!!!
Dance Workshop & Jam
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street, Oakland | 3rd floor Studio E
fyi the lot across the street is for monthly parking only

With the hottest dance teachers around
2 Workshops! 5 Instructors per Workshop! 3 hours!
An experience not to be missed.
brought to you by Afro Urban Society in partnership with Dimensions Dance Theater

8.20
Tango Leadaz (Dancehall), Special Guest from L.A.
Lypza (Special Guest from L.A) + Christina Lesego (Semba/Kizomba)
Philip Agyapong (Afrobeats)
Kanukai (Zim Pop & Kwaito )
MsGolden Dancer (Detroit Ballroom)

8.27
Lyd Rock(Afrobeats), Special Guest from Houston
Thamsanqa Hlatywayo Hlatywayo (South African Urban)
Shemica Johnson (Caliwynd)
Loubayi(Soukous/Coupe Decale)
Weslei Guimarães (Passinho/baile funk)

 

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AFRO DANCE MEGA!!!!! Pt. 1
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

AFRO DANCE MEGA!!!!! Pt. 1

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | | 3rd floor Studio E (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

AFRO DANCE MEGA!!!!!
Dance Workshop & Jam
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street, Oakland | 3rd floor Studio E
fyi the lot across the street is for monthly parking only

With the hottest dance teachers around
2 Workshops! 5 Instructors per Workshop! 3 hours!
An experience not to be missed.
brought to you by Afro Urban Society in partnership with Dimensions Dance Theater

8.20
Tango Leadaz (Dancehall), Special Guest from L.A.
Lypza (Special Guest from L.A) + Christina Lesego (Semba/Kizomba)
Philip Agyapong (Afrobeats)
Kanukai (Zim Pop & Kwaito )
MsGolden Dancer (Detroit Ballroom)

8.27
Lyd Rock(Afrobeats), Special Guest from Houston
Thamsanqa Hlatywayo Hlatywayo (South African Urban)
Shemica Johnson (Caliwynd)
Loubayi(Soukous/Coupe Decale)
Weslei Guimarães (Passinho/baile funk)

 

JFOODDS on the eats (pre-order your jamaican food plates on eventbrite)

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Soukous Ndombolo for the African Diaspora w/ Lakiesha & Loubayi
Apr
24
to May 22

Soukous Ndombolo for the African Diaspora w/ Lakiesha & Loubayi

Afro Urban Society presents
for People of African Descent
A series of Multi-disciplinary workshops in popular, folkloric and urban art featuring and centering people of African Descent

Soukous Ndombolo w/ Lakiesha & Loubayi
Tuesdays Apr 24-May 29
6:30-8:30 PM
Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland
$100-$200* sliding scale per workshop series

6-week workshop exploring popular Congolese dance styles with amazing instructors! This workshop series incorporates across the floor technique, choreography and free style to express yourself. Whether you want to learn the latest moves, stay strong and flexible, or add texture to your dance technique, this class has something for everyone!

All levels welcome. Comfortable attire recommended

(Sliding Scale allows you to pay for the workshop according to what you can afford, and also allows you to be able to support scholarships & low income access. If you are able please consider paying more to accommodate those who can't)

  • -Few Youth/Student/Low-Income Scholarships Available
  • -Please email afrourbansociety@gmail.com to request.
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Afro Dance w/ Jay-C Val from Paris- Oakland
Mar
24
4:30 PM16:30

Afro Dance w/ Jay-C Val from Paris- Oakland

ALL THE WAY FROM PARIS!! JAY-C VAL
Reg Info & More Detail Coming Soon
TWO WORKSHOPS. Take one or BOTH!!

Oakland 4:30- 6:00pm
Location TBA
Oakland

San Francisco 2:00-3:30
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St., SF (@24th & Mission)

Each Workshop. $25 Early Bird* by 3/12 | $30 Pre-Sale | $35 door
Scholarships/discounts to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend. If you need such accommodations please email afrourbansociety@gmail.com. If you want to sponsor a scholarship, please let us know.


https://youtu.be/a4HhabHLwPo
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18x

About Jay-C Val

JAY-C VAL is a french multidisciplinary dancer, specialized in modern dance movements such as Dancehall, Afrobeatz and Hiphop. His choreographic universe is unique, rich and in perpetual evolution.

Originally from Cameroon, Jay-C was surrounded by traditional rhythms and music from an early age. He naturally began his dance training in African dance styles, and in traditional Cameroonian dances. As an acrobatic dancer, Jay-C has also studied Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art, including both physical and musical parts. .

Eager to grow in his dance, he studied new dance styles such as Hip-Hop, Jazz Rock, House, Dancehall and Cuban Salsa. He was quickly invited to join different companies, and to participate in various shows, events and videos all over the world.

Jay-C shares his dance universe with several Parisian and international schools, where he teaches Dancehall, Afrobeatz, Hip-hop, Acrobatics and House.

A multifaceted artist who loves learning and experimenting with new styles, he is open-minded and always looking for unique experiences. Jay-C is an energetic, powerful, graceful and passionate dancer who communicates enthusiasm, good humor and the joy of dancing to his audience.

 

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Afro Dance w/ Jay-C Val from Paris- SF
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Afro Dance w/ Jay-C Val from Paris- SF

ALL THE WAY FROM PARIS!! JAY-C VAL
Reg Info & More Detail Coming Soon
TWO WORKSHOPS. Take one or BOTH!!

San Francisco 2:00-3:30
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St., SF (@24th & Mission)

Oakland 4:30- 6:00pm
Location TBA
Oakland

Each Workshop. $25 Early Bird* by 3/12 | $30 Pre-Sale | $35 door
Scholarships/discounts to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend. If you need such accommodations please email afrourbansociety@gmail.com. If you want to sponsor a scholarship, please let us know.


https://youtu.be/a4HhabHLwPo
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18x

About Jay-C Val

JAY-C VAL is a french multidisciplinary dancer, specialized in modern dance movements such as Dancehall, Afrobeatz and Hiphop. His choreographic universe is unique, rich and in perpetual evolution.

Originally from Cameroon, Jay-C was surrounded by traditional rhythms and music from an early age. He naturally began his dance training in African dance styles, and in traditional Cameroonian dances. As an acrobatic dancer, Jay-C has also studied Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art, including both physical and musical parts. .

Eager to grow in his dance, he studied new dance styles such as Hip-Hop, Jazz Rock, House, Dancehall and Cuban Salsa. He was quickly invited to join different companies, and to participate in various shows, events and videos all over the world.

Jay-C shares his dance universe with several Parisian and international schools, where he teaches Dancehall, Afrobeatz, Hip-hop, Acrobatics and House.

A multifaceted artist who loves learning and experimenting with new styles, he is open-minded and always looking for unique experiences. Jay-C is an energetic, powerful, graceful and passionate dancer who communicates enthusiasm, good humor and the joy of dancing to his audience.

 

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Afrobeats for the African Diaspora w/ Philip Agyapong
Mar
1
to Apr 5

Afrobeats for the African Diaspora w/ Philip Agyapong

Afrobeats for the African Diaspora w/ Philip Agyapong
Thursdays March 1 - April 5, 2018
6:30-8:30 PM
Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland
$100-$200* sliding scale per workshop series

Kick off 2018 with the energy, heat and flavor you need to make it to the rest of year. 6-week workshop exploring popular West African dance styles from Nigeria & Ghana. Dance Afrobeats, Azonto, Akayida with some Ndombolo flavors to complete it. This workshop series incorporate across the floor technique, choreography and free style to express yourself. Whether you want to learn the latest moves, stay strong and flexible, or add texture to your dance technique, this class has something for everyone!

All levels welcome. Comfortable attire recommended.

(Sliding Scale allows you to pay for the workshop according to what you can afford, and also allows you to be able to support scholarships & low income access. If you are able please consider paying more to accommodate those who can't)

  • -Few Youth/Student/Low-Income Scholarships Available
  • -Please email afrourbansociety@gmail.com to request.

About Philip Agyapong
Philip Amo Agyapong, Ghanaian native, is a dancer and researcher who currently resides in Oakland, CA. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance & Theatre Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Ghana, he is well-versed in both traditional and popular dance forms from Ghanaian cultures. After formal education, Philip went on to serve at a lecturer at the University of Ghana. Philip currently works in the Bay Area teaching African Traditional and Popular dances at University of San Francisco, Mills College and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. He is also a performer with the Diamano Coura West African Dance Company in Oakland, as well as instructing weekly classes and special workshops around the Bay Area.

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Groovement for Black & Brown Bodies w/ dana e. fitchett
Feb
20
to Mar 27

Groovement for Black & Brown Bodies w/ dana e. fitchett

Groove(ment) for Black & Brown Bodies  w/ dana e. fitchet
Tuesdays Feb 20 - Mar 27, 2018
6:00-7:30 PM
Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland
$110-$250* per workshop series (if you are able please consider paying more to accommodate those who can't)

  • -Some Teen/Student/Low-Income Scholarships Available
  • -Please email afrourbansociety@gmail.com to request.

A 6-week session, Groove(ment) is a class about finding individual sense of groove and comfort within the container of a structured dance class focused on rhythm, musicality, and authentic expression. Instead of drawing from a particular movement vocabulary, dana shares the movement that comes most naturally to her, a hybrid reinvention of the diverse influences of her dance background: ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, traditional West African, tap, and—most influentially—club dancing. The eclectic soundtrack spans Afro/soulful house music, hip-hop and R&B, dancehall, jazz, and more! The goal of Groove(ment) is to get liberated through movement rather than feel oppressed by how to dance “right.”

All levels and body types welcome; comfort with music and movement required. Sweats or other danceable clothes and socks or barefoot suggested.

About dana e. fitchett

dana e. fitchett is a multidisciplinary artist, MFA candidate, and radical mixed-race Black woman exploring questions of identity reconciliation and healing from the impacts of racism, capitalism, and colonialism by way of creative expression and reimagination of what's possible. Her main current outlet for this work is directing, choreographing, and performing with an all-Black woman dance collective based in Oakland.

IG: @def_artinmotion

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Ballet for Black & Brown Bodies w/ Alyah Baker
Jan
23
to Mar 6

Ballet for Black & Brown Bodies w/ Alyah Baker

Black & Brown Ballet with Alyah Baker

*Session 1 Beginner/ Ballet Basics
Jan 23rd- Feb 27 (6 weeks)
*Session 2 Experienced Beginner/Intermediate
March 6- March 27 (4 weeks)

Tuesdays 7:30-9:00pm
Studio Grand: 3234 Grand Ave., Oakland
IG: @blackandbrownballet @afrourbansociety


A weekly exploration of traditional ballet technique in a non- traditional environment for Black and Brown Bodies lead by Alyah Baker. Class series will feature stretching and strengthening, bending, balance, and release in a fun and supportive environment. Geared towards beg/intermediate and intermediate levels.

Class open to Adults 18+ with special exceptions made for mature teenagers that have consent from parents or guardian.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring socks or flat dance shoes.

Tickets available via Eventbrite
Sliding Scale
$150- $250 per session ($15-25 per class)

* per workshop series (if you are able please consider paying more to accommodate those who can't)
-Low-Income Scholarships Available
Please message Alyah Baker for details.

ABOUT
Alyah Baker
has trained and performed with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet of New York, Oakland Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and Carolina Ballet. In 2003 she received a B.A. in Sociology with a Dance Minor from Duke University where she trained under former Joffrey Ballet principal Tyler Walters, and Clay Taliaferro, a long time principal dancer with José Limón Dance Co., among others. She has been featured in works by Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Laura Dean, José Limón, and Alonzo King. She is currently a freelance performer working most recently with Dance Through Time and ABD Productions, and was featured in the movie PICO: Performance Indeterminate Cage Opera.

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