Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Tania Santiago grew up in the heart of African-influenced Brazil. She has taught, danced, and choreographed for the most well known companies in Brazil. Tania has also extensively studied other forms of dance such as Jazz, Ballet, West African, Afro-Cuban, and Modern dance. She spent six years working with Olodum, a highly respected and internationally acknowledged Bloco Afro in Brazil. Tania also choreographed and performed for Olodum on television, at concerts, and at music festivals. Since 1997 Tania has been teaching classes and giving workshops in California, New York, Hawaii, Florida, and Vancouver, Canada. She has been an artist in residence at various school programs in San Francisco as well as a featured teacher at the Brazil Camp in Northern California.
Learn the ancient art of Japanese Taiko drumming with Sensei Bruce 'Mui' Ghent. The Introductory taiko class will cover basic fundamental skills and history which will prepare students to advance to the next level of classes.
Beginners ages 12-adult, with little or no music experience are welcome. Taiko drumming is a rigorous physical activity. Bring water and wear clothes to exercise in...sweat happens : ) Class is taught with traditional martial arts etiquette and discipline as outlined in the student handbook supplied.
Join Shonna to journey through ConfiDance in a workshop designed to to redefine your physical presence, empower yourself through dance, and own your sensuality. This series is all levels and will cover dancing in heels, feminine movement, chair work, floor work, barre work and more. Each week we will learn a new routine set to the tunes of the the incomparable Rihanna. At the end of the series we will shoot a professional video highlighting our inner and outer divas, together. Harness your "sexy", be bold, and discover how to be a more confident you - both on and off of the dance floor.
Week 1 - Heels Basics
Week 2 - Floorwork
Week 3 - Chair Work
Week 4 - Complex Choreography
Week 5 - Series Recap, Freestyling, Video Shoot
Shonna is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has over 17 years of dance training in the areas of tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She has been instructing professionally since 2008 and in 2010 entered the world of professional sports dancing. Her resume includes appearances with two different NBA franchises, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors. She has also worked with the NFL Superbowl Committee as a dancer & choreographer for events during Superbowl XXVIII & Superbowl 50. Since moving to California in 2012, she started ConfiDance Fitness and ConfiDance Kids. Shonna teaches Don't Worry, Be Yonce' SF, Chair Affair, and Totally 90s.
Back to basics is a dancehall moves intensive. We will scale back, start from the beginning, and practice straight up dancehall steps. No choreography, no modifications, no rhythm changes. The steps taught will be exactly how they were created (with a little Cali swag) by the crews of dancers in Jamaica. Everyone is welcome and no dancehall experience needed.
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