Soukous Ndombolo/African Diaspora | Master Workshop w/Lakiesha
May
29
to Jun 5

Soukous Ndombolo/African Diaspora | Master Workshop w/Lakiesha

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Afro Urban Society presents
Soukous Ndombolo w/ Lakiesha
for People of African Descent
Tuesday May 29 & June 5
6:30-8:30 PM
Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave, Oakland
$20
Exploring this hot and sizzling popular Congolese dance style with an amazing instructor. Open to all levels.
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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, andβ€”most influentiallyβ€”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 β€œright.”

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 JosΓ© LimΓ³n Dance Co., among others. She has been featured in works by Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Laura Dean, JosΓ© LimΓ³n, 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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