There is a performance on August 26 at 1pm as part of "Teeyan Da Mela," an event that raises awareness around women's issues, both young and adult, in India.
Perform and dance to Bollywood's Latest Hit Songs and have a lot of fun learning contemporary "The Humma Song," sexy "Laila mai Laila", and "Kala Chashma."
Manpreet is an energetic, charismatic and fun dance instructor-writer-coach who will bring the best out of you in 6 weeks and help you overcome your fears of learning and performing Bollywood. Manpreet is fluent in Latin (salsa), Bhangra, and Bollywood dance. She enjoys applying these to choreograph Bollywood and has taught Bollywood and won many awards for performances among World Salsa Congress and Global Indian Awards. All Levels are Welcome.
For example of class:
Laila by Rang De Bollywood
Love Afrodance styles but not quite sure how to move when the jams come on? Or maybe you're a Native/long time Afro dancer, but don't have enough spaces to immerse yourself in the sound? From Lagos, to Bahia, Kinshasa to London, Lome to Port-Au-Prince, Luanda to Kingston, get down to the sounds of the African Diaspora's hottest parties.
Taught by Nigerian performer and choreographer, Nkei Oruche, this workshop will focus on exploring basic to advanced moves of Afrobeats dance styles, while incorporating techniques and movement from other genres including Ndombolo, Kuduro, Afrohouse & Dancehall.
About Nkei Oruche
Nkei Oruche is an Igbo-Nigerian performer, educator, and producer specializing in street dance and music styles from Africa and her Diaspora. As a choreographer, dancer and performer she has enthralled audiences from street corners, to house parties to the stages of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Oakland Museum of California, Yoshi's SF, Dance Mission Theater, the Independent, the Mezzanine and the California Academy of Sciences. Nkeiruka has performed with Magic System, Les Twins, Zakiya Harris & Elephantine, MJ'S Brass Boppers, and is currently a front-person for Gbedu Town Radio, a live ensemble of dancers and musicians covering Afro-diasporic street and club music.
In 2016, she directed Bacchanal de Afrique-Til' Dance Do Us Part, a tongue-in-cheek dance-theater piece narrating urban African life stages iva a soundtrack of Afrobeats, Azonto, Turf, Second-Line, and Dancehall, against a narrative of Black empowerment.
Currently, Oruche is focused on expanding and sustaining grassroots change-making and community resiliency through the production, performance and embodiment of art and culture. She is a co-founder of BoomShake, a community organization that uses street drumming as a tool for cultural survival and social justice, and the artistic director of Afro Urban Society, a meeting place for urban African art, culture and people.
In this workshop students will learn old skool, new skool, and sexy style dancehall steps which will be incorporated into a final video choreography to the Sean Paul ft. Chi Ching Ching song Crick Neck. Check out the track here. The video will then be posted online. We will also give you a digital copy of video!
Dancehall is a culture born in the ghettos of Jamaica encompassing music, dance, language, and fashion. The dances generally reflect what is happening the in the streets.
Old Skool dancehall is all about the flow and groove with the music. These steps are not complicated but catching the feeling and the groove is the challenge. In our workshop we be learning many Old Skool dances created by the originator of dancehall, Gerald "Bogle" Levy. Some of his better known dances are Row di Boat, Willie Bounce, and Wacky Dip. As for New Skool many individuals and teams of dancers create steps which can be very simple to very complex - almost like small combinations of choreography. We will learn steps created by Latonya Style, Kimiko Versatile, Stacia Fyah, Dancing Rebel, Outshine girls, Jack Hammer girls, Boisey Black Roses, Kriptic Klick, Black Eagles, Overload Skankaz, and many more.
We hope you will join us for this six week workshop for some fun but also to learn about or deepen your knowledge of the dancehall.
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