DanceVersity - World Dance for Youth
Engaging and spirited, Afro-Haitian folkdances such as the Ra-Ra and Ibo dances embody community celebration. As students learn the traditional dances of this culture, they will easily recognize the steps that inspire contemporary jazz today. Portsha Jefferson brings her wealth of performance experience, 10-years of teaching Haitian dance to Bay Area students, and passion for youth development to one of our most in-demand classes.
at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Center
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Video from the Spring 2015 Performance of La Syrene, composed and choreographed by Portsha Jefferson:
Week 2: August 10 -14 ~ RHYTHM - Experience the rhythms created by dancing
- Eddie Madril - American Indian Dance
- Meredith Belany: Ballet Folklorico
- Flo Dabokemp: Hip Hop
- Shabnam: Bellydance
- Naby Bangoura: West African
Week 3: August 17 - 21 ~ STORIES - Focus on historical and creative storytelling
Kamala Devam will be teaching an exciting martial art form from the South Indian state of Kerala called "Kalaripayattu". This martial art is little-known in the Bay Area and is claimed to be the mother of all others including karate and kung fu, brought from India to other parts of Asia by Buddhist monks in the 4th century. Often called "Kalari" for short, this movement language is similar to dancing in its beauty and athleticism, incorporating the fighting actions of animals found in Indian jungles and moving in graceful, circular motions between fantastic kicks and flying jumps. Students will become stronger, more flexible and have fun learning a completely new way of moving!
Engaging and spirited, Haitian folk dances embody a rich tradition and sense of pride. Students are introduced to traditional folkloric dances, customs, Creole songs and phrases.
Bollywood dance, based on Indian film dances, is filled with characters, colorful costumes, and pure joy. It is a rhythmic and celebratory dance that mixes the physicality of hip hop/funk with the soul of the ancient tradition of India. In these classes learn the basic Eastern rhythms and upbeat, energetic movements that make up Bollywood dance, with instructor Isabella Qureshi!
- Tuesdays at 3:10 Coleman Elementary (San Rafael)
- Thursdays at 3:15 Greenwood Elementary (San Rafael)
- See the listing at eplay.livelifelocally.com : Programs/ Afterschool Enrichment / Dance / DanceVersity
- Solano Stroll
Reflecting the diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area, DanceVersity provides education in dance, music, and cultural appreciation, including Persian, Balinese, Indian Classical, Greek, South African, Russian, African Foundations, Dance Hall, Indian Kathak, Lyric, Afro-Peruvian, Haitian, Turkish Roma, Egyptian Dom, Bollywood, Hip Hop, Guinean, Native American, Parisian, Hawaiian, Samba, Contemporary, Flamenco, Moroccan, Polish, Korean, Azeri, Modern Dance, Jewish, Bharata Natyam, Tahitian, Theatrical dance, and much more!
To see what we've been up to recently, watch the DanceVersity video!
International Women's Forum Hall of Fame Gala
On Friday October 26th, DanceVersity staff and students, in collaboration with Shoshanna Rose and Ya Habibi Dance Company from Humboldt County, performed for an international audience of an estimated 1,200, including international dignitaries and press, for the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame Gala event... read more at the DanceVersity blog!