AFRO DANCE FEST 2019
Aug
18
to Aug 26

AFRO DANCE FEST 2019

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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

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

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

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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


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& More TBA

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

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

Afrobeats vs Dancehall vs. Afrohouse Workshop & Jam

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

West African Pop: Philip Agyapong

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

Afro-Latin Dance Mega: Workshop & Jam

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

Afro-Pop w/ Philip ODK (Weekly)

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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)

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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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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)

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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)
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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
9
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
2
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 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)

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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)
May
21
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)
May
14
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)
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

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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

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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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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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Yaps Jolito: Coupe Decale & Soukous Ndombolo
Nov
7
8:00 PM20:00

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

AFRO DANCE MEGA!!!!! Pt. 2

  • 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)

 

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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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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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