Afrobeat with SayRah - Bay Area
Oct
29
7:30 PM19:30

Afrobeat with SayRah - Bay Area

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
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Afro Urban Society x ODK present

Afrobeat Foundations Dance Workshop with SayRah

Before AfrobeatS there was Afrobeat… 

In this workshop you will shake, sweat, learn some Afrobeat-specific dance moves, and get the historical context from SayRah’s perspective, and finish with a badass choreography to ‘Truth Don Die’ by Femi Anikulapo Kuti (Fela’s son & a world-renowned musician).

AFROBEAT was born of Activism & Social Justice. In this day and age we still need such activism in our various ART forms! SayRah, a Yoruba Nigerian native, and dynamic dance professional has created this special dance workshop to share a part of her cultural heritage. Afrobeat is a music/dance and cultural phenomenon that has major global influence decades after it was ushered in by the late great Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Afrobeat is fresh, and relevant. Afrobeat is dance. Afrobeat is music. Afrobeat is a way of life. Afrobeat is the mother of AfroBEATS.

Whether you are versed in traditional West African (Guinea, Mali, Senegalese, Ghanaian) or Congolese, Or Afro Cuban, Afro Brazilian, Afro Haitian has your heart; Maybe you’re a street and club dance head, Hip hop, Breaking, Dancehall, Soca, or House; Or a ballroom aficionado, Salsa, Kizomba, Urban Kiz, You name it!!

You can get down with this. You have something to get you to have something to give. 

ABOUT

Sarah (SayRah) Olaniran, a Nigerian native has been dancing since a very young age. Well-versed in various styles including Latin, Ballroom, Ballet, Nigerian traditional dance, Jazz, HipHop, Salsa and, Contemporary, she also has Modern, Ballet en pointe, improv and Traditional West African in her vocabulary

Currently a top Afrobeats dancer and choreographer she has worked with prominent African artists including DavidO, Olamide, 2face, Timaya,Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Flavor, Tekno, Kcee, Wande Coal, Awilo Logomba, PSquare, Waje, JMartins, Omawunmi, Darey Art Alade, Efiya, CDQ, Orezi, Falz, Dammy Krane, Dbanj, and more

In between touring the world performing, she teaches Afro-fusion dance classes around the United States exploring African street/social dances (mainly West African Street/social movements) with a focus on Nigeria and Ghana.

IG @sayrahchips | IG: @afrourbansociety | FB: Afro Urban Society

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Afro Urban Dance w. Nkei Oruche & Afro Urban Society
Sep
24
7:30 PM19:30

Afro Urban Dance w. Nkei Oruche & Afro Urban Society

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Doing it for the culture! Give dem style! Get your Afro-Urban Dance Experience!

Afro Urban Dance Workshop

w. Nkei Oruche & Afro Urban Society

Afrobeats, Soukous, Dancehall, Soca, Hip Hop, Salsa, & more

All Levels

September 24 2019 | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

$10 Busy Body | $15 On Time | $25 Can my friend come? | $20 Late-Comer/Door

Doing it for the culture! Give dem style! Get your Afro-Urban Dance Experience!

Afro Urban Society dancers team up for this good time, high-energy workshop featuring Afro Street, Club and Party dance styles and movements: Afrobeats, Soukous, Dancehall, Soca, Hip Hop, Salsa, and more. From movement breakdown, freestyles vibes, small groups, to a short combo routine, performance theatrics, it’s a whole turn-up. There’s something for different levels/interests of dancers from pre-beginner to advanced.

Instructors: Nkei Oruche (West Afro), Loubayi (Central Afro), (Shemica Johnson (Afro-Carribean), Kanukai Chigamba (Southern Afro), Jamie Carter (US Afro/Hip hop), Tola Williams, Femi Sawyerr (Afro-Latin).

ABOUT

Over-articulated and barely translated, the Afro-Urban Dance Experience is a network of Pan Africans who have dance flowing through their blood, sweat and tears. Repping various regions of the continent and Diaspora each dancer has their own style, vibe & flow, and together are passionate about sharing our collective stories through dance. The Afro-Urban Dance Experience is a project of Afro Urban Society, an organization that fosters a creative community of brilliant artists and culture workers dedicated to celebrating the unique expressions of Urban Africans through performance, production and community activation.

To learn more WWW: afrourbansociety.com | IG: @afrourbansociety | FB: Afro Urban Society

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
Sep
3
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
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Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In $10

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro-Latin Dance Mega: Workshop & Jam
Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

Afro-Latin Dance Mega: Workshop & Jam

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | | 3rd floor Studio E (map)
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Afro Urban Society x Dimensions Dance Theater

8.26 |  6-9PM

Afro-Latin Dance Mega
Bachata. Reggaeton & More
Femi Sawyerr. Emerald. Akemi Smoot
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E

This event is presented as part of the Afro Urban Society's 2019 Afro Dance Fest, a series of workshops and events focusing on Urban dance from Africa and the African Diaspora. For more information and full event listing see below:

Afro Urban Society Presents
AFRO DANCE FEST 2019 -BAY AREA
Aug 18-26

8.18 | 2-4PM
Afrofusion
Kendra ‘KO’ Oyesanya
Dance Mission, SF
$15-30

REGISTER

8.19 | 6-9PM
Afrobeats vs Dancehall vs. Afro house
Nksogorgeous. Jason Facey. Rashad Pridgen
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E
$20-$35

REGISTER


8.20 | 7:30-9PM
West African Pop
Philip Agyapong
Malonga Center, Oak | 2nd flr Studio A
$10-$15

REGISTER

8.21 | 8:30PM Caliwynd: Afro-Carribean Vibes
Shemica Johnson
Barefoot Movement, 1635 Broadway, Oakland
$10-$15

REGISTER


8.26 | 6-9PM Afro-Latin Dance Mega
3 Instructors . 3 Styles
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E
$20-$35


REGISTER


& More TBA

Events are presented with the support of DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATER, INC., West African Popular Dance - Afro Pop,

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Caliwynd: Afro-Carribean Vibes
Aug
21
8:30 PM20:30

Caliwynd: Afro-Carribean Vibes

  • 8.21 | 8:30PM Caliwynd: Afro-Carribean Vibes Shemica Johnson Barefoot Movement (map)
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8.21 | 8:30PM Caliwynd: Afro-Carribean Vibes
Shemica Johnson
Barefoot Movement, 1635 Broadway, Oakland
$10-$15

This event is presented as part of the Afro Urban Society's 2019 Afro Dance Fest, a series of workshops and events focusing on Urban dance from Africa and the African Diaspora. For more information and full event listing see below:

Afro Urban Society Presents
AFRO DANCE FEST 2019 -BAY AREA
Aug 18-26

8.18 | 2-4PM
Afrofusion
Kendra ‘KO’ Oyesanya
Dance Mission, SF
$15-30

REGISTER

8.19 | 6-9PM
Afrobeats vs Dancehall vs. Afro house
Nksogorgeous. Jason Facey. Rashad Pridgen
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E
$20-$35

REGISTER


8.20 | 7:30-9PM
West African Pop
Philip Agyapong
Malonga Center, Oak | 2nd flr Studio A
$10-$15

REGISTER

8.21 | 8:30PM Caliwynd: Afro-Carribean Vibes
Shemica Johnson
Barefoot Movement, 1635 Broadway, Oakland
$10-$15

REGISTER


8.26 | 6-9PM Afro-Latin Dance Mega
3 Instructors . 3 Styles
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E
$20-$35


REGISTER


& More TBA

Events are presented with the support of DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATER, INC., West African Popular Dance - Afro Pop,

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West African Pop:  Philip Agyapong
Aug
20
7:30 PM19:30

West African Pop: Philip Agyapong

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
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Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afrobeats vs Dancehall vs. Afrohouse Workshop & Jam
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Afrobeats vs Dancehall vs. Afrohouse Workshop & Jam

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | | 3rd floor Studio E (map)
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Afro Urban Society  x Dimensions Dance Theater

AFRO DANCE MEGA!!!!!
Afrobeats vs Dancehall vs. Afrohouse
Dance Workshop & Jam

Jason Facey (Dancehall)
Rashad Pridgen (Afro house)
Nksogorgeous (Afrobeats)

FEATURING STAR DANCERS!!

Jason Facey (Dancehall) – Jamaican-born sought-after Dancehall recording artist, professional dancer, recording artist, social media influencer, and fitness motivator. He continues to work with some of the music industry’s top acts including Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Pharell, Chris Brown and Major Lazer.

Nksogorgeous (Afrobeats) – Born and raised in Nigeria and currently living in Los Angeles. Teaches, tours, & performs worldwide with artists such as Daddy Yankee, Tiwa Savage, Wale, Flavour, J Balvin featuring Mr Eazi, Maleek Berry, Olamide to name a few.

Rashad Pridgen (Afro house) – BAY AREA LEGACY… Rashad aka Soul Nubian is a dance artist, creative director and wellness practitioner. His works span: dance, theater, film, video, fashion and creative project making. for more of his artistry: www.soulnubian.com

This event is presented as part of the Afro Urban Society's 2019 Afro Dance Fest, a series of workshops and events focusing on Urban dance from Africa and the African Diaspora. For more information and full event listing see below:

Afro Urban Society Presents
AFRO DANCE FEST 2019 -BAY AREA
Aug 18-26

8.18 | 2-4PM
Afrofusion
Kendra ‘KO’ Oyesanya
Dance Mission, SF
$15-30

REGISTER

8.19 | 6-9PM
Afrobeats vs Dancehall vs. Afro house
Nksogorgeous. Jason Facey. Rashad Pridgen
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E
$20-$35

REGISTER


8.20 | 7:30-9PM
West African Pop
Philip Agyapong
Malonga Center, Oak | 2nd flr Studio A
$10-$15

REGISTER

8.21 | 8:30PM Caliwynd: Afro-Carribean Vibes
Shemica Johnson
Barefoot Movement, 1635 Broadway, Oakland
$10-$15

REGISTER


8.26 | 6-9PM Afro-Latin Dance Mega
3 Instructors . 3 Styles
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E
$20-$35


REGISTER


& More TBA

Events are presented with the support of DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATER, INC., West African Popular Dance - Afro Pop,

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AFRO DANCE FEST 2019
Aug
18
to Aug 26

AFRO DANCE FEST 2019

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | | 3rd floor Studio E (map)
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Afro Urban Society Presents
AFRO DANCE FEST 2019 -BAY AREA
Aug 18-26

8.18 | 2-4PM
Afrofusion
Kendra ‘KO’ Oyesanya
Dance Mission, SF
$15-30

REGISTER

8.19 | 6-9PM
Afrobeats vs Dancehall vs. Afro house
Nksogorgeous. Jason Facey. Rashad Pridgen
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E
$20-$35

REGISTER


8.20 | 7:30-9PM
West African Pop
Philip Agyapong
Malonga Center, Oak | 2nd flr Studio A
$10-$15

REGISTER

8.21 | 8:30PM Caliwynd: Afro-Carribean Vibes
Shemica Johnson
Barefoot Movement, 1635 Broadway, Oakland
$10-$15

REGISTER


8.26 | 6-9PM Afro-Latin Dance Mega
3 Instructors . 3 Styles
Malonga Center, Oak | 3rd flr Studio E
$20-$35


REGISTER


& More TBA

Events are presented with the support of DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATER, INC., West African Popular Dance - Afro Pop,

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
Aug
13
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
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Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
Aug
6
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Lighting Design for People of African Descent w. Stephanie Johnson
Aug
4
9:30 AM09:30

Lighting Design for People of African Descent w. Stephanie Johnson

Afro Urban Society x Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Present
Harnessing the Power of Light
A Workshop for Black/People of African Descent*
Sunday Aug 4 2019
9:30AM - 2:30PM
FLAX art & design
1501 Martin Luther King Jr, Way, Oakland, CA
$20-$30 Sliding Scale | No One Turned Away for Lack of Funds

Lighting is an essential element in any production. In this dynamic workshop with renowned Lighting Designer Stephanie Johnson explore basics- visibility, shape, color and rhythm using professional theater equipment

You will learn the language to communicate your ideas and effective ways to use lighting as an expressive tool as you move from the page to the stage.

This workshop is intended to create space for Black Person/Person of African Descent.

About

Stephanie Anne Johnson is a second-generation theater practitioner. Her mother Virginia Greene worked with the American Negro Theater in the 1950s. Johnson has been a lighting designer for forty five years. Nationally she has done designs for La Mama Theatre (N.Y.), Black Moon Theatre (N.Y. & Paris), Telluride Theatre (Colorado), The Arizona Repertory Theatre, The National Black Theater, and The Apollo (N.Y.).  Internationally, she has worked in India, Holland, Belgium, Paris, Italy, and Canada. Locally, she has worked with Cultural Odyssey, Afro Solo, Ubuntu Theatre Project, TheatreFirst, African American Shakespeare Company, the Marin Theatre Company, Anne Bluenthenthal & Dancers, and many other groups. Johnson is also a visual artist who has had two one-person shows in San Francisco. She has also written and performed a one-person show entitled Every Twenty One Days: Cancer, Yoga, and Me. Dr. Johnson is a founding professor in the Visual and Public Art Department at Cal State University, Monterey Bay. www.lightessencedesign.com

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
Jul
23
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
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Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
Jul
16
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
Jul
9
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
Jul
2
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro Dance Workshop- Kanu-Cali
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Afro Dance Workshop- Kanu-Cali

  • 2791 24th Street Sacramento, CA, 95818 United States (map)
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Start off your summer with a 2-hour high energy and style-loaded dance workshop by Kanukai and Shemica (Caliwynd). This workshop explores Zimbabwean traditional dance by Kanukai, Caliwynd (dancehall, afrobeats, hip hop dance and traditional African) dance by Shemica, and the latest Afrobeats dance moves.

Afro Dance Workshop- Kanu-Cali
June 2 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sierra 2 Center-Studio 1
2791 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
$15

ABOUT

Kanukai Chigamba

Kanukai Chigamba started dancing at a young age in Harare, Zimbabwe, at Biras, all night ceremonies. She later joined the Mhembero Dance Troupe, performing traditional Zimbabwean dance locally. In 2010 she moved to Oakland and is now part of the traditional Zimbabwean dance group, Chinyakare Ensemble. Chigamba has performed all over the United States including at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Zimfest in Oregon, Monterey Bay Reggaefest and the Africa Day Celebration in Washington, D.C.. Kanukai is also proficient in various dance styles in the Congolese, West African, Ndombolo, Afrobeats, Pantsula and Kwaito cultures. Chigamba believes dance is a wonderful way to communicate, share cultures and make new friends.

Shemica Watkins-Johnson
Shemica Watkins-Johnson is a dancer, performer and teacher with extensive experience in traditional and contemporary dances of the African diaspora including Afro-Haitian, Hip hop, Senegalese and Dancehall. Her performance experience includes appearances in John Lee Hooker’s “Dimples” video (2010) and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (2012) with Rara Tou Limen, a Bay-Area based Afro-Haitian group directed by Portsha Jefferson. She has choreographed and directed dance pieces for performances at Dance Mission Theater, Oakland's Pan African Festival, East Side Arts Cultural Center, and many more. In 2013, Shemica was crowned Oakland's Dancehall Queen.

Shemica is the originator of Caliwynd, a dance style with influences in Afro-Haitan, Reggae Vybz and Hip Hop. Watkins-Johnson’s goal is to leave a dance legacy for her daughter, which includes rolling out Caliwynd to a broader audience across the United States, her birthplace of Germany and all over the world.


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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
May
28
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
May
14
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Weekly class from Master Dancer & Instructor Philip Ofori-Ata Agyapong

Tuesdays | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Drop-In

West African Popular Dance (Afro Pop) is a collection of contemporary Popular Free-Style Dance phrases from Sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, etc. There will be Azonto, Shorkie, Akayda, Ekiti, Gborhe, Olumanbugie, Alinko, etc. It is energetic, fun and furious. This is African

Come with a comfortable attire, Do Your Face Sometime and Boogie.

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Afrobeats Dance w/ SayRah - Oakland 2
Apr
30
7:30 PM19:30

Afrobeats Dance w/ SayRah - Oakland 2

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
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Afro Urban Society x Dimensions Dance Theater present

SayRah in Da Bay
Afrobeats Dance workshop with SayRah
TWO WORKSHOPS

Apr 27 4:00-6:00p | 3rd flr, Studio C
Apr 30 7:30-9p | 2nd flr, Studio A
Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts
428 Alice St, Oakland

ABOUT

Sarah (SayRah) Olaniran, a Nigerian native has been dancing since a very young age. She is various dance styles; Latin, Ballroom, Ballet, Nigerian traditional dance, Jazz, HipHop, Salsa and, Contemporary and has added Modern dance, Ballet en pointe, improv and Traditional West African dance to her vocabulary with her degree in dance.

Currently a top Afrobeats dancer and choreographer she has worked with prominent African artists including DavidO, Olamide, 2face, Timaya,Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Flavor, Tekno, Kcee, Wande Coal, Awilo Logomba, PSquare, Waje, JMartins, Omawunmi, Darey Art Alade, Efiya, CDQ, Orezi, Falz, Dammy Krane, Dbanj, ..... and more

In between her time touring the world performing, she also teaches Afro-fusion dance classes around the United States exploring African street/social dances (mainly West African Street/social movements) with a focus on Nigeria and Ghana.

IG @sayrahchips

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Afrobeats Dance w/ SayRah - Oakland
Apr
27
4:00 PM16:00

Afrobeats Dance w/ SayRah - Oakland

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Afro Urban Society x Dimensions Dance Theater present

SayRah in Da Bay
Afrobeats Dance workshop with SayRah
TWO WORKSHOPS

Apr 27 4:00-6:00p | 3rd flr, Studio C
Apr 30 7:30-9p | 2nd flr, Studio A
Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts
428 Alice St, Oakland

ABOUT

Sarah (SayRah) Olaniran, a Nigerian native has been dancing since a very young age. She is various dance styles; Latin, Ballroom, Ballet, Nigerian traditional dance, Jazz, HipHop, Salsa and, Contemporary and has added Modern dance, Ballet en pointe, improv and Traditional West African dance to her vocabulary with her degree in dance.

Currently a top Afrobeats dancer and choreographer she has worked with prominent African artists including DavidO, Olamide, 2face, Timaya,Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Flavor, Tekno, Kcee, Wande Coal, Awilo Logomba, PSquare, Waje, JMartins, Omawunmi, Darey Art Alade, Efiya, CDQ, Orezi, Falz, Dammy Krane, Dbanj, ..... and more

In between her time touring the world performing, she also teaches Afro-fusion dance classes around the United States exploring African street/social dances (mainly West African Street/social movements) with a focus on Nigeria and Ghana.

IG @sayrahchips

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LydRock 'Anyhow' Afrobeats Tour - Oakland
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

LydRock 'Anyhow' Afrobeats Tour - Oakland

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Afro Urban Society x ODK Dance present

LydRock 'Anyhow' Afrobeats Dance Tour- Oakland

4/23/2019 | 7:30-9:00PM

Malonga Casquelourd Center: 2nd Floor, Studio A

428 Alice St, Oakland

Learn the viral 'Anyhow' Afrobeats Dance Choreography by and get your 'It's Lyd' Experience in this dynamic dance workshop with star dancer LydRock!

ABOUT

LydRock is a professional choreographer and creative entrepreneur based in Houston, TX. Born in Tema, Ghana, raised in New York and Fort Worth, she is currently a leading force of Afrobeats dance movement, and style in the United States.

For over 6 years LydRock has contributed to dance performance and artistic productions, including as lead dancer for Nigerian Popstar Mr. Eazi. She has performed and toured with other musical heavyweights including Tiwa Savage, Kaffy, Wizkid, Dbanj, Patoranking and Tekno. In addition to her work on the concert stage, LydRock has also graced the stages of One Africa Music Fest, Afrimma Awards, and the Umoja Festival to name a few.

LydRock is popularly known for her strong presence online with multiple viral dance videos including the favorite ‘Anyhow’ with 6.3 Million views and an unending stream of reposts. In 2018 LydRock was the Dance Coordinator and associate choreographer for the sold-out stage production ‘What Had Happened Was...An Afro Urban Musical’.

In addition to her dance work, Lyd also runs dynamic fashion endeavors through her customized dancewear, and RockStyles, her personal style blog.

Currently LydRock is focusing on choreographing, touring and creating dance experiences through her 'AfriRock' dance label. She is also a co-founder of PlayLST a performance showcase platform for independent artists, and CEO of Nova co. a professional booking agency for dancers.

Follow her work at IG: _lydrock |IG: Rockstylesnow 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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Yaps Jolito: Coupe Decale & Soukous Ndombolo
Nov
17
3:30 PM15:30

Yaps Jolito: Coupe Decale & Soukous Ndombolo

Afro Urban Society x Bakanal de Afrique in association with Dance Mission Theater, presents

Coupé Décalé & Soukous Ndombolo Workshop w/ Yaps Jolito (Côte d’Ivoire/France)

TWO WORKSHOPS!

WED, NOV 7 8-9:30PM & SAT, NOV 17 | 3:30-5:30PM
Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St, SF
$20 Early Bird | $25 Online | $30+ at the Door
2-Class Pass Discounts Available

STRAIGHT FROM FRANCE! FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE UNITED STATES Yaps Jolito, AfroYaps... Master dancer! Credits Arafat DJ, Serge Beynaud, Debordo Leekunfa & more.
If you love Afro club, urban and street dance styles, then you are in luck. Predecessors for the ubiquitous Afrobeats, Coupé Décalé from Ivory Coast and Ndombolo from Congo are a must-have in your dance vibes; from levels just-wanna-have-fun, to master dancer, this workshop is for you.

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