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Afrobeat with SayRah - Bay Area

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts | 2nd floor Studio A 1428 Alice Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

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