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  Classes with Soumaya, Chi-Chi, Sean, and McKersin  

Moroccan Dance

with Soumaya MaRose

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 3:00-4:30pm

Join me as we will explore the beautiful and unusual 6/8 rhythms of Morocco. We will dance and explore technique of these earthy and high energy steps of my culture and we will add some spices for flavor at the end with a short chaabi choreography.

Middle Eastern Dance

with Soumaya MaRose

Sunday, August 13, 2017 | 11:30am-1:00pm

Class Descripton: Join me as we discover the roots and culture behind the art of belly dance. We will be exploring Middle Eastern dance technique, and the powerful feminine energy of the arabic women. After learning some combinations we will put them together with different styles of arabic music. As we dig deeper, you will get to experience the richness and power in the music. I will give you tips on how to add some flavor and different styles into the dance. This is an introduction class and all levels are welcome.

BIO: Soumaya MaRose is a native Moroccan and arabic dancer. In Europe she was a member of EL Housna, a Moroccan girl-band, and for 15 years played with the band at Arabic events in Belgium, France, Germany, and The Netherlands. she studied with many international master teachers and has taken many workshops throughout Europe and the U.S. In June 2015 she won 2nd place in the folk dance competition at Rakass Istanbul International Festival. She currently performs and plays music with Atlas Soul (North African music), Club Mediteranee (Arabic and Balkan music) and gives solo Raqs Sharki performances and Moroccan folkloric dance at weddings and events around New England. She has taught classes, workshops, and hosted discussions throughout New England on Moroccan dance styles, Raks Sharqi, and Arabic culture. Soumaya regularly performs at venues in the Boston area and travels to New York to teach and perform at workshops. One of her main partner is Boujemaa Razgui, versatile musician with who she had thought collaborate and produced for the first time in Boston a show dedicated to Moroccan dance and Culture. You can find her work and more information on her website: www.soumayamarose.com.


Simona MinnsAfrobeats Dance Boston

with Chi-Chi Osuagwu

Thursday, August 17, 2017| 6:30-8:00pm

Saturday August 19, 2017| 11:00am-12:30pm

Class Descripton:Afrobeats Dance Boston is a dance company that focuses on Contemporary Afrobeats. Afrobeats is infused with both the music and dance of Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Congo, Senegal, Black America and so many others regions of the diaspora. Afrobeats as a genre radiates throughout Africa.

Bio: Chi-Chi Osuagwu is a recent graduate with a Bachelors of the Arts at Tufts University and director of Afrobeats Dance Boston. For four years she was the founder, choreographer, and captain of the African Dance Collective at Tufts, which traveled throughout the state to other colleges and communities for performances and competitions focused on African culture and dance. Her styles focus in Afro street dance, Afrobeats (Ghana, Nigeria technique), and Afrohouse. In addition, she has trained in Ghana, Africa, with the University of Ghana-Legon's Dance Department in traditional (West) African dance styles. At the end of her 6 months abroad, she performed in the semi-annual dance production at the University of Ghana: "Asem Yi Dika". As a Nigerian-American, she has been immersed in her own traditional dances since her youth.


House Dance

with Sean Bjerke

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | 8:30-10:00pm

Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 7:30-9:00pm

Class Descripton: Following the disco era, house dance was originally popularized in NY clubs in the 1980s. House music has many musical influences including Jazz, African, Latin, Hip Hop, R&B, and Funk. The music drives a dance style typically characterized by intricate foot steps, fluid torso movements and floor work. Because house draws from so many dance styles and rhythms, dancers and movers of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to attend!

Bio: Sean Bjerke is a house dance teacher based in Boston, MA. Sean began tapping into his body's movement potential as a TaeKwon Do student in 1991, and later began dancing in 2001 at Tufts University. After joining his first professional company in 2006, Sean was introduced to the foundations of several street dances, including hiphop, popping, locking, house, bboying and krump. He was eventually drawn specifically to House, and sought instruction from the older generation of house pioneers to deepen his understanding of the style. Sean has been fortunate to learn from many high-level house dancers who have heavily influenced his movement and teaching style. Notable influences include Jardy Santiago, Caleaf Sellars, Cebo Carr, Tony McGregor, Edson Gonzaga and Boston's Steven Garcia and Sammy Savuth.

Today, Sean is the co-artistic director and choreographer for the CONcept ARTists, an award-winning Boston dance company specializing in urban choreography, and producers of Boston's annual "CONcentrate on the ARTistry" showcase. Other credits include bringing Locking creator Don "Campbellock" Campbell to Boston in 2016 for the "Vaudeville Funk" locking showcase, instructing hiphop and house at The Jeannette Neill Dance Studio from 2010-2017, and co-producing 5 stage shows for Unyted Stylz Productions 2006-2012.

In addition to traveling around the US to bolster his dance education, Sean still trains TaeKwon Do. In 2015, became a Master in TKD by obtaining his 4th Dan Black Belt.


Not Contemporary

with McKersin Previlus

Thursday, August 10 | 7:30-9:00pm

Class Description: "Not Contemporary", covers movement within the long range with the afro-diasporic family of movement and how McKersin uses these movement of his culture and people in order to tell stories. These movements may resemble contemporary but the emphasis, points of initiation and origins of the moves couldn't be any further. In this class you will touch on House and Breaking floor-work, Haitian dance and any other style of dance within the umbrella that McKersin feels like pulling out to create his image for the class.

Hip-Hop

with McKersin Previlus

Friday, August 11 | 6:00-7:30pm

Class Description: Hip Hop is a culture and not just a dance. McKersin focuses on the very principles and foundation of the dance and culture. In this class you will not just learn some new moves but you will be learning how to partake in the culture. How to dance hip hop and recognize the movement. You will learn of it's political background and how the times shaped the moves we have and how the foundations came to be. It is a fun class with an emphasis on the true foundations, culture and history.

Bio: Growing up without the means for dance classes, McKersin overcame his troubled environment, persevered and became the dancer that he is today; With Ethnic-Haitian dance already in his vocabulary, he started building a bigger arsenal with Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Tap. In college, he started trading work hours for classes and started studying ballet and modern intensively. Now, he is leading workshops throughout various parts of the country orientated towards social justice and, the roots of African American culture and movement. Out of his many projects and goals, his main and current project involves building up men in the inner city to become emotionally intelligent while being agents of social change within their community with the creation of a program called, Bridge 4 my Brothers


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