Ms. Oliveira will guide us into the roots of her African Brazilian Culture- when we practice a movement we can feel, when we understanding its mean we learn it.
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 me as we 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 Queen Diva, Beyoncè. 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.
Join Rosy Simas for a dance workshop diving into her creative process used to develop her latest works, We Wait In The Darkness and Skin(s). A meditative and concentrated process – this workshop will bring us into the world of the senses. We will explore creating movement from the inside out and discuss and explore how to craft such movement for performance.
This workshop is open to all. Both dancers and those with no dance experience are welcome. Students that identify as Indigenous or POC are especially encouraged to attend.
This workshop is presented by Dance Mission in conjunction with her work, Skin(s), that will run at Eastside Arts Alliance Oct 6-8.
I am Native, I am Seneca, I am also a dancemaker. This is what makes my work Native. This is what makes my dance about Native identity. Because just simply being a Native dancemaker is political. It is my continual embodied political act of creating more visibility of Native people. - Rosy Simas
Photo by Douglas Beasley
What does it mean to be "living on First Nations' land"?
In the area we've come to fondly call the Bay Area, it is essential to acknowledge that we are on Ohlone Costanoan territory. Whether we know it or not, as "settlers" of Ohlone land, many of us are often unaware or unconcious of the ways we partake in modern day forms of settler colonialism. The impact of this mentality manifests in negative actions that often lead to the destruction and replacement of that and those which already exist. So what are those things that constitute modern day settler colonialism? What is being destroyed? And how can I take mindful steps and actions that help to reconcile and offer reciprocity? When we learn to live in relationship with the original people of this land, we begin to unlearn the ways that harm the land we now love and call home, and also cultivate healing + harmony.
On October 26th, Dancing Earth , SEEDS & SOUL: Indigenous Cultural Exchange & Festival, and Love /Speak Productions welcomes you to a workshop that invites all community members to experience First Nations Cultural Protocols with representative of Costonoan Ohlone, and neighboring tribal representatives of Pomo and Wappo Nations. This acknowledgement has become increasingly topical at a time when many people, Native and non-Native, across the US are inspired and awakened to the role of First Nation peoples as leaders of the environmental movement. Our First Nations relatives are deepening their understanding and role in 1) Truth and Reconciliation; 2) how to activate Land Acknowledgement; and 3) how to start building good relations with First Nations peoples. At this workshop, the community will gain a deeper understanding about cultural protocols, will be able to participate in asking permissions and being welcomed to the land.
The Cultural Protocols workshop will be hosted by Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash), and other emerging leaders of the Bay Area Costonoan Ohlone. In the old days, it is traditional and desirable to offer gifts to host nations for cultural protocol. We invite our workshop participants to bring a small gift that represents themselves and/or their homeland or culture to partake in this protocol in our modern day. The intention behind this gift giving is to activate within you: "As a settler on First Nations' Land, what can gift can I offer to cultivate and manifest good relations with the people and the land I am now visiting, inhabiting or calling home? This can be a simple offering - something homemade, food cooked with love, veggies from your garden, a meaningful postcard, a song. For those who feel inclined to gift more, donations to support the forward progress of the movement, travel miles, the use of space to host workshops, etc., is also appreciated *** Pls stay tuned as we confirm other Ohlone representatives presenting at this workshop. ***
After the workshop, all are invited to participate in, or witness, an interdisciplinary workshop by Dancing Earth's Rulan Tangen that embodies, expresses and explores relationship buildin and reciprocity from a creative, kinetic, and rhythmic understanding.
The First Nations Cultural Protocols Workshop fee is sliding scale, and no one will be turn away due to lack of funds. We suggest a donation between $20-$50, a portion of which will be going towards a tribal funding initiative to be selected by our Ohlone Costanoan cultural advisors.
For more information: Dancing Earth, SEEDS & SOUL Festival
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