Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater


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Jazz Series
Jazz Series with ArVejon Jones
Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm

March 6- April 24
$14 drop-in /$15 credit-card / Dance Mission class packages accepted

ArVejon's jazz dance class is a fun, high energy exploration of percussiveness, coordination, directional changes, technique, strength, and dynamic performance. Students are encouraged to discover their own identity as a performer to make artistic choices as they pertain to timing/syncopation, aesthetic, and technical rigor. Classes will begin on the floor, standing exercises, abdominals, stretch, progressions across the floor, and finishing with a fun combination, all set to either classical jazz or current day music. Class will incorporate consistent pirouettes, flexibility, and jumps, in addition to exploring jazz as a product of the African Diaspora; secular African American dances, Salsa, and in Samba! 

ArVejon Jones is a eager, young professional dancer and artist from Los Angeles, CA. He began his technical training in Tap dance at Kennedy Universal Dance Designs, under the direction of Arlene Kennedy for 12+ years. He has a background in Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, various dances of West Africa, Dunham Technique, Haitian Folklore, Horton Technique, among various contemporary dance forms. He has a B.A. in Dance from SF State and a minor degree in Japanese. He has performed works by Brenda Way, KT Nelson, Kimi Okada, Cathleen McCarthy, Ray Tadio, Kat Roman, Robert Moses, Raissa Simpson, Diane Arvanitis, Jean Apollon, and Sean Dorsey to name a few. He has performed at Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, APAP, as well as 20+ states. He is always looking to share what he knows, and is always open to learn something new! He is very grateful and excited to be teaching at Dance Mission. 


Dunham Technique 101 with Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin

Dunham Technique 101 with Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin
March 10 - April 14, 2018 (6 weeks)
Saturdays 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

$90 for whole series
$16 drop in

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Learn the very basics of Dunham Technique, an afro-modern dance style created by pioneer dancer, choreographer, and scholar Katherine Dunham. Current candidate for certification in Dunham Technique, Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, will teach this 6-week series covering general Dunham theory and history, use of breath, Dunham barre, isolations, progressions as well as choreography. Aliyah is a native to the Bay Area and studied dance and History at San Francisco State University with Alicia Rai Pierce and Dr. Albirda Rose. Aliyah is currently Department Chair of African-American Studies at City College of San Francisco, and co-coordinator of the Annual Katherine Dunham Symposium. Aliyah has also been in regular attendance of both the Dunham Seminar and Conference since 2008. This 6-week workshop is welcome to all levels of dancers. Come join us in a safe, creative, and healing space of movement.

Haitian with Michelle Martin

Haitian with Michelle Martin
March 1- May 31

Thursdays, 6:15-7:30pm
All levels * Live drumming
$14 cash/$15 credit card. Dance Mission class-packs accepted

Be prepared to move the hips, undulate the back, roll the shoulders, and bend the knees to live drumming. Dances are done barefoot and women should bring long, full, Caribbean-style skirts if they have them. All levels. For more information on the class:
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Afro Hits
Afro Hits with Byb Chanel Bibene
Saturdays, 12:30-1:40pm

Starts Saturday, January 20
Dance Mission class packages accepted

Jamming Afro Hits class takes you on the streets and clubs of central Africa and the vibes of the African diaspora dances. From Congolese urban and social dancing to the diasporic afrobeat, the class boosts your  inner mojo, revamps your sweet attitude, and gets you going lightly with your busy life.


Dexandro MontalvoNew Class!!

Hip Hop with Dexandro "D" Montalvo

Saturdays, 3-4:30
Starts January 6! 

Dexandro "D" Montalvo's hip hop class is a high-energy class that offers a friendly environment that students of all levels can learn from. After a brief warmup, D's class starts with teaching hip hop fundamentals, teaching introductions to gliding, popping, and isolations. Upon finishing going over techniques, D then teaches his unique style of hip hop choreography that focus on dynamics, control, and personal artistry. 

Born and raised in New York, Dexandro "D" Montalvo began dancing professionally at age 14.  D continued on to dance professionally for 16 years and finished his dance career after dancing with Robert Moses' Kin for 6 seasons.  Some of D's choreographic experience includes works on Robert Moses' Kin Dance Company, Dance Theater of San Francisco, Liss Fain Dance Company, Concept o4, LINES Ballet Training Program/Summer Program, The Black Eye Peas, Amp Live, Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Center, University of San Francisco Dance Ensemble, Marin School of the Arts, & ODC's Youth Company.  In 2015 D won an Isadora Duncan Award for his choreographic work in "Art behind bars" which took place in Alcatraz, and was nominated for the "Outstanding Choreography" for his work "Impulse" in 2015 and again in 2017 for "Pent".

5Rhythms® Waves with Alessandro Moruzzi and Vehllia Tranne
5Rhythms® Waves with Alessandro Moruzzi and Vehllia Tranne
Fridays, 10:00-11:30am
All Levels. Beginners Welcome.

5Rhythms® is a dynamic movement practice - a practice of being in your body - that ignites creativity, connection, and community. It is a moving meditation practice, where dance and music are the basic elements. The 5Rhythms – Flowing Staccato Chaos Lyrical Stillness® – are states of Being. They are a map to everywhere we want to go, on all planes of consciousness – inner and outer, forward and back, physical, emotional and intellectual. They reconnect us to the wisdom of our bodies and unleash movement’s dynamic healing power. They are markers on the way back to a real self, a vulnerable, wild passionate, instinctive self.

Dancing the 5Rhythms is a practice—a dynamic way to both workout and to meditate in the same breath. They teach us that life is energy in motion, freeing us from any fixed notions about people, places, objects or ideas. There is no need to have any particular physical background or to consider ourselves dancers or not. We keep moving with the music and the dance will come to us. We dance until the dancer disappears and only the dance remains.

This is an open class, and is taught alternately by Alessandro Moruzzi and Vehllia Tranne, Certified 5Rhythms® Teachers Accredited by the 5RTA (5Rhythms Teachers Association). Our classes are open to everyone of any shape or physical ability. Together, Alessandro and Vehllia offer more than 12 years experience in 5Rhythms dancing, music, theater and performance background, healing and spiritual practices, and shamanism, offering heartfelt and intuitively crafted experience and support for each dancer, holding a safe and transformational space for all.

Please dress comfortably in clothing that you don’t mind sweating in and allows you a full range of motion. You may want to bring a cover-up so you don’t get cold, and/or a small towel to dry off with. We dance bare-footed or in light-soled dance shoes (athletic shoes/trainers are not allowed on the dance floor). Bring a bottle of water and your curiosity. No experience or level of fitness is required to begin your 5Rhythms practice.

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Method with Nicole Klaymoon

House Menthod with Nicole Klaymoon and the Embodiment Project

Street Method includes foundational and rhythm based house footwork, strengthening, stretching, the craft of free-styling and unique choreography. The choreography blends hip-hop, house and waacking with influences from other urban and social dance traditions. With an emphasis on funk, flow and authenticity, this class encourages its all-level community of students to surrender to the beat in a supportive and loving atmosphere that values the cultivation of an individual's internal rhythm and style. The class will be taught in a monthly rotation by Embodiment Project company members.

Nicole Klaymoon, Artistc Director-Founder of EMBODIMENT PROJECT, received a B.A. in dance from UCLA. Her one-woman show, "The Sixth Vowel", directed by Kamilah Forbes and choreographed by Rennie Harris, was performed at various venues and events across the country and Europe including the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in New York and DC, Miami Project Hip-Hop, Illadelph Legends of Hip-Hop Festival in Philadelphia and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Klaymoon is currently is on faculty in the dance department at Marin Academy, and hosts the REBIRTH, a street dance event sponsored by Ford Foundation and La Peña Cultural Center. EMBODIMENT PROJECT (EP) is fiscally sponsored by La Peña Cultural Center and is a recipient of the Zellerbach Grant. EP performed their first original work, "Bloodline," at the Left Coast Leaning Festival at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Dance Mission Theater collaborating with renown vocalist, Valerie Troutt. The Embodiment Project strives to distill emotion from art by incorporating street dance, spoken-word, theater, and song to express personal and poignant narratives. 


Forró &
Samba de Gafieira with Welsei Guimarães

Samba no pé and Forró & Samba de Gafieira with Weslei Guimarães

Samba no pé
Saturdays, 2-3:15pm Samba no pé with BrasArte teachers
Samba no pé is by far the most popular of Rio-style samba dance. Originating in the favelas/comunidades of Rio de Janeiro, samba no pé is now enjoyed all over Brazil and internationally! This class focuses on high energy, intricate footwork/hip movements and improvisation, along with samba basics and body alignment/positivity. All levels welcome.

Forró & Samba de Gafieira
Saturdays, 3:30-4:45pm gafieira/forro with BrasArts teachers

Brazilian partner dance comes in many forms - this class will focus on two of the most popular and uniquely Brazilian ones. From the fun and folk-y Forró with its origins in the northeastern backlands, to Samba De Gafieira, a Rio-style partner samba that's as intricate as it is irreverent, this class will introduce SF audiences to a new world of Brazilian dance. Welsei's class will focus on creating a solid base of movement and technique, as well as a fun variety of decorative steps and sequences.
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Access Bollywood Fitness Class
Access Bollywood Fitness Class with Linden Linty
Thursdays, 10-11am (please note the door is closed at 10:05)
Class Resumes August 31

Cost: $5 suggested donation per class to support programs at Dance Mission Theater. Drop in any time!
No experience? No problem! All fitness levels are welcome!*

Dance, have fun, and get fit! Learn fun, easy-to-follow routines to energetic Bollywood music incorporating traditional Indian dance styles with salsa, hip hop, and more while getting a full body workout at the same time! The class will run every Wednesday from 10:00-11:00 beginning September 14.

This class is presented in cooperation with Dance Brigade's Dance Mission, Fusion Beatz Bollywood Fitness, and Access SFUSD. Instructor Linden Cady has over four years of experience teaching dance fitness and over six years of experience working with adults with disabilities in a community setting. Her mission is to help others express themselves, to make fitness fun and rewarding, and to create inclusive accessbile spaces for dance and fitness.

Absolute Beginning Cuban Folkloric with Susana Arenas
Beginning Cuban Folkloric with Susana Arenas (live drumming)
Tuesdays, 8-9:30pm

This class is geared towards those with little to no experience in Cuban Folkloric dance, as well as those who would like to review the basics. Those with no experience should take this class before taking the regularly scheduled Thursday evening class. The class is often accompanied by live drumming.

Susana Arenas Pedroso was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where she danced professionally for 8 years before coming to the United States in 1998. She studied and trained with some of the most renowned dance institutions in Cuba, including the Culture House of Matanzas and the National Folkloric Group of Havana. She spent 5 years dancing with Raices Profundas, one of Cuba's most respected folkloric dance companies, rising to the position of female soloist and traveling and performing throughout the country.

Class attire: Students dance barefoot and should wear yoga pants, leggings, or sweat pants, and bring a long, flow-y skirt if possible.

Beginning Cuban Salsa with Susana Arenas Pedroso

Beginning Cuban Salsa with Susana Arenas Pedroso
Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm

This class is geared towards beginning and advanced beginning Salsa dancers. Class will start with a warm-up where students dance alone, getting used to the salsa rhythm. The class will then transition to partners, where students learn moves such as setenta, quapea, enchufle, el dedo. Cuban salsa starts on the "1." It is not necessary to bring your own partner. Partners are switched frequently throughout the class.

Susana Arenas Pedroso was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, where she danced professionally for 8 years before coming to the United States in 1998. She studied and trained with some of the most renowned dance institutions in Cuba, including the Culture House of Matanzas and the National Folkloric Group of Havana. She spent 5 years dancing with Raices Profundas, one of Cuba's most respected folkloric dance companies, rising to the position of female soloist and traveling and performing throughout the country.

Class attire: Casual (jeans, sweats or skirts). Tennis shoes are fine.

Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary with Kristin Damrow
Intermediate Contemporary with Kristin Damrow
Saturdays, 10:30am - 12pm

Kristin's Intermediate Contemporary class is designed for dancers familiar with contemporary technique that want to dig deeper into their own physicality and artistry. Kristin's approach learning is focused on finding alignment of the body, then moving with ease and dynamic energy. Classes will begin with a meditative body scan and improvisation exercises. You will explore articulation of the spine, pelvis, and torso all while finding momentum through the body. Large energetic phrase work will have a constant play with gravity; going in and out of the floor, upside down and traveling though the space with fierce abandonment. 

Kristin Damrow grew up on a rural farm in Wisconsin then lived in Chicago while earning her B.A. in Dance from Columbia College. In 2010, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she founded Kristin Damrow & Company. Damrow has choreographed and produced over 15 new dance works for venues throughout the San Francisco/Bay Area. Her work is said to be "charged from beginning to end; an intoxicating contemporary dance that hooks you instantly and keeps you on the edge of your seat." (Heather Desaulniers, Critical Dance) In 2017, Damrow was selected into the esteemed ODC Pilot Program, which highlights emerging artists making an impact in the San Francisco/Bay Area dance community. Her choreography has been commissioned by the SAFE House ARTS Summer Performance Festival and Dance Mission Theater's D.I.R.T Festival. Damrow serves on the faculty at ODC Dance Commons and Dance Mission Theater, and she is the director of Body Language, RoCo Dance's pre-professional teen company. She has taught master classes at Columbia College (Chicago), Gibney Dance (NYC) and Mark Morris Dance Center (NYC). Damrow also is a guest instructor at the University of San Francisco, Sonoma State University, City College, Shawl Anderson Dance Center, and LINES Ballet. Kristin Damrow & Company's annual home seasons have received support from the Zellerbach Foundation and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

Reggaeton Fusion with
Tika Morgan

Latin Dance Fusion with Tika Morgan
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45pm
All Levels

Latin Dance Fusion with Tika brings together the music and basic steps of Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean popular and folkloric dances, pointing out where traditions intersect and diverge. Experience the depth, beauty, and power of these culturally rich movements of the African Diaspora. Class begins with body alignment, isolations, core work and stretching. Dancers will then learn choreography via working in halftime and through repetition. This class moves and is total immersion for the body and soul! YOU WILL SWEAT!  Open Level - Shoes Optional.  

Reggaeton Fusion with Tika Morgan
Wednesdays, 8-9:30pm
Open Level Shoes Optional

Move to the wildly popular Reggaetón music while exploring the movement styles that inform this Latin Dance expression. Tika pulls together movement intrinsic to the music: Cubaton, Cuban Salsa, Dancehall, Latin Hip Hop and Samba while pointing back to their roots. Class features stretching and a lot of body isolation work to enable you to express the choreography and connect to the music.

Tika Morgan is a full-time instructor of Contemporary & Latin Dance with 20 years of professional experience. Her unique teaching style has garnered a devoted following throughout the San Francisco Bay Area dance community, where she continues to be an inspiring presence.  Tika began dancing at age 4 and had her first experience performing professionally at age 11. She went on to work in several dance companies performing both nationally and internationally. Tika is a graduate teacher of  the acclaimed Silvestre Dance Technique (Brazil) and has been working with its founders since 2008. Tika has made dance ethnology trips to Brazil and Cuba since 1999. These enable her to identify where various dances of the African Diaspora come together and diverge. 

Tika has choreographed concerts, musical theater events, music videos and Carnival parades.  Her work has been featured in: Quién Magazine, Marie Claire Latino América, SF Chronicle and was most recently chosen by SF Bay Guardian's Top 20 dance classes. is a full-time instructor of Afro Contemporary & Latin Dance with 20 years of professional experience. Her unique teaching style has garnered a loyal and devoted following throughout the San Francisco Bay Area dance community, where she continues to be an inspiring source. Tika began dancing at age four and had her first experience performing professionally at age 11, moving forward to work in several dance companies performing both nationally and internationally. She is a graduate teacher of the acclaimed Silvestre Dance Technique (Brazil) and has been working with its founders since 2008.  Tika has made dance ethnology trips to Brazil and Cuba since 1999, which enable her to focus on where the dances of the African Diaspora intersect and diverge. Tika has choreographed for concerts, musical theater, music videos and carnival parades. Her work has been featured in Quién Magazine, Marie Claire Latino América, SF Chronicle and was most recently chosen by SF Bay Guardian's as top 20 choices. For more information visit:

SexiTude - Jazz/Funk/Pop with D'arcy

SexiTude - Jazz/Funk/Pop with Linden
Tuesdays, 8-9:30pm

SexiTude is a body-positive, age-positive, sex-positive dance experience, created by D'Arcy Drollinger (AKA Baby D). Each class combines Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Video Dance and classic Bump-n-Grind moves set to a fun, high-energy soundtrack; which results in a great cardio work out, while strengthening the fundamentals of current popular dance styles. This open-level class is perfect for beginners, while offering enough technique for more established dancers; includes a warm up, step-by-step breakdown, routine and cool down. Leg warmers and dance gear encouraged. Werk a look! Break a sweat!

Intermediate Cuban Salsa / Rueda with Ramon Ramos Alayo
Intermediate Cuban Salsa / Rueda with Ramon Ramos Alayo
Wednesdays, 8-9:30pm

Yep. He's ba-a-ack! Ramon Ramos Alayo started dancing at age eleven in Santiago de Cuba. He holds a degree in contemporary dance and education from the Havana National School of Art. He was the principal dancer with Danza del Caribe, Narciso Medina Contemporary Dance Company, and has performed in Cuba, Europe, Canada, Belize, and the U.S. He currently dances with Robert Moses' Kin and Zaccho Dance Theater, teaches Cuban Salsa and Modern dance at a variety of Bay Area schools and studios, and directs his own dance company, Alayo Dance Company and produces the annual CubaCaribe Festival.


Hip Hop Taught by Allan Frias
Hip Hop Taught by Allan Frias
Saturdays, 12:30-2pm (Beg)
Mondays, 6:30-8pm (Adv. Beg)
Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm (Int)

Allan has been a leading force of the Bay Area Hip Hop scene for the last 8 years. He teaches 4 packed classes a week at Dance Mission Theater, not only Allan's base but also the home of his hip hop ensemble, Mind Over Matter, which performs throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Allan also directs and choreographs for the Junior Jam youth performance program at the Golden State Warriors and has appeared on Fox TV's So You Think You Can Dance. Allan, who looks more like a football player than your average dancer, shows firsthand that body type does not make a dancer. His enormous size and personality lend power to his teaching, stage presence and choreography and his performance quality is riveting.
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West African-Guinean-with
Alhassane Camara
West African (Guinean) with Alhassane Camara 
Saturdays, 12-1:30pm
Live Drumming!
All Levels

This high energy class will focus on the dances and rhythms of Guinea, West Africa. Alhassane "Papin" Camara was born in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa. His mother, Dah Camara was a dancer and Alhassane has been blessed with the same innate talent. He followed this calling, and by 11 years of age, he was fully immersed in Ballet Tayely in Guinea, studying, and performing traditional Guinea dances. Alhassane continued to excel, not only as a dancer, but as a fully trained musician, knowing all of the musical rhythms of the drums and accompanying instruments of the traditional Guinea dances. He proceeded to become the lead dancer and choreographer of his ballet company. Watch his class here:

The class will be accompanied by drummer Bongo Sidibe from Conakry, Guinea, who has studied with Mamady Keita at his school Tam Tam Mandingue, Conakry. Bongo is the Musical Director of Duniya Dance and Drum Company, founder of the international reggae band Wontanara, and has performed with the Grateful Dead, Rhythm Village, and Black Nature of the Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars. 

Bhangra and Bollywood Taught by Joti Singh
Bhangra and Bollywood Taught by Joti Singh (All Levels)
Mondays, 6:30-7:45 pm
All levels, beginners welcome

Bhangra is a harvest dance originally from the state of Punjab in the northwestern corner of India and Pakistan. As people continue to cross oceans and cultures, Bhangra music and dance ceaselessly evolves, as influences of Hiphop, Reggae and many other genres of music inspire the artists who create this new Bhangra music and dance. Today Bhangra is danced mostly at weddings and celebrations by both men and women.
Joti Singh is a dance creator and dance innovator, sprung from the U.S. American south to parents from northern India. She is the Artistic Director of Duniya Dance and Drum Company. Joti began her dance training in Punjabi circles, carrying through her body the culture that's in her blood and memory. As an adult, West African dance entered Joti's purview, transforming her body's culture. Through this multilingual body, Joti explores where history intertwines with contemporary continuities of celebration and injustice. She has created works such as "Half and Halves,"  "The Madness of the Elephant," and "Red Saffron and Green."  Joti has received funding from the Creative Work Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Dancers' Group's New Stages, the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, and the American India Foundation. She participated in the CHIME mentorship program and has been an Artist-in-Residence at CounterPULSE twice Joti and her husband, musician Bongo Sidibe, lead annual trips to Guinea and recently opened the Duniya Center for Arts and Education in Conakry. She teaches all over the SF Bay Area, including Dance Mission Theater and the San Francisco School of the Arts. Joti holds an MA in South Asian Studies from UC Berkeley and a BA in English from Reed College.
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Vogue and Tone with Jocquese Whitfield
Vogue and Tone with Jocquese Whitfield (aka: JoQ)
Mondays, 8:00-9:30pm

Vogue is characterized by model-like poses, inspired by Vogue Magazine, integrated with angular, linear and rigid arm, leg and body movements. The style of dance arose from Harlem ballrooms in the early 1930s. This dance style was originally called "performance" and evolved into the more intricate and illusory form that is now called "vogue-ing". There are six elements of Vogue-ing: hands, spins, catwalk, duck walk, dips and floor performance. The class will start with a fifteen minute warm-up where we focus on core work and isolations. After the warm up, we will transition into across the floor work and choreography. Not only will you learn the history of Vogue, but you'll will receive an intense workout. Jocquese will break down each element from Hands to Spins, Catwalk to Duck walk, Dips to Floor Performance. Each element has specific movements that will strengthen and tone different parts of the body. The choreography will be infused with other forms of dances such as jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop and Afro-Haitian.

Jocquese Whitfield (aka: JoQ) is a dancer/choreographer born and raised in San Francisco. Starting his career steeped in the improvisation of freestyle hip-hop, Jocquese has added modern, classical, and Diasporic dance traditions over the last several years. He has been a member of City Shock San Francisco, F.B.C. (Funk Beyond Control), and UFO Movement, J. Jun Productions and is currently dancing with M.O.M. (Mind Over Matter). Currently pursuing studies in Dance and Theater, Jocquese's current movement vocabulary revisits the bold, rebellious statements of the 1980's as expressed through fashion, nightlife, and a love of the abstract. A shape-shifter, Jocquese challenges assumptions of sexual identity in dance as he plays with gesture both "masculine" and "feminine".
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and Intermediate Cuban Salsa and Rueda de Casino with Alvaro Batista
Beginning Cuban Salsa with Alvaro Batista
Mondays 6:30-8:00pm

This is a progressive class that starts on the FIRST MONDAY of every month. It focuses on students who are new to Cuban salsa. Below is a typical curriculum for the month. Please note that the curriculum can vary depending on the needs of the class.

If the month has five weeks we will add more turns or review turns from previous weeks.

Adv Beginning / Intermediate Rueda with Alvaro Batista
Mondays 8:00-9:30pm

This class builds on the foundation learned in the Beginning Cuban Salsa class. Rueda de Casino is a popular dance where pairs of dancers form a circle and execute dance moves called out by one person, "the caller." This class focuses on the basics of Rueda de Casino (formation, various ways of swapping partners, leading and following and basic turns). We'll cover the basics at the beginning of each month and will progress into more complex turns and calls as the weeks progress. Even though Rueda focuses on dancing together as a group, a great deal of the turns learned can also be used in one-on-one partner dancing.

You do not need to bring your own partner. Wear anything that you feel comfortable moving in - from heels to sneakers to jazz shoes!

Although students may drop in at any time, it is recommended for newcomers to start the class on the FIRST Monday of every month if possible as the class is progressive. Please note that the curriculum can vary depending on the needs of the class.

Example of turns learned in this class: Pal Medio, Caminamos, Un Tarro (men/women), Llevala Abajo/Exibe, Dile Que No, Dame Una, Dame dos, Enchufla, El Uno, Vacilala, Sombrero, Setenta, Adios con la Hermana, Dedo, Kentucky, Echevarria and more.

Samba-Aerobics Taught by Silvana Sousa
Samba-Aerobics - Taught by Silvana Sousa
Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm (Beg/Int)

A highly celebrated samba class that teaches the basic steps from its traditional roots. It is authentic, fun and energetic!

Silvana is a native of Goiânia, Brazil and has been with the group since its inception. After Aquarela's Maria Souza who officated as Queen of 1995, Silvana was elected Carnaval Queen of San Francisco in 1996. Today, Silvana is chief choreographer of Aquarela. Silvana is a registered nurse. She lives and works in Berkeley.

Rueda/Cuban Salsa, Intermediate, with Temistocles Betancourt
Rueda/Cuban Salsa, Intermediate, with Temistocles Betancourt
Saturdays, 2-3:30pm

Rueda or Rueda de Casino is a type of salsa that is danced in circle. It was developed in Cuba in the early 1950s. Pairs of dancers form a circle, with salsa turns are called out by one person. Many moves have hand signs to complement the calls, which is useful in noisy venues, like clubs. Many moves involve switching partners. Most of the calls are the same across the boards, however different teachers do have their own variations.
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Haitian Folkloric with Portsha Jefferson
Haitian Folkloric with Portsha Jefferson
Saturdays, 1:30-3pm

This class introduces the technique of Haitian Folkloric dance. Representing various nations such as Mayi, Ibo and Nago, each dance has it's own distinctive character, choreography and spirit. You will experience the meditative Yanvalou, the fiery rhythms of Petwo, to the playful and celebratory dances of Banda and Rara. Expect a high energy class in celebration of a rich, spiritual tradition. A dance experience guaranteed to UPLIFT, INSPIRE & INFORM!

Live Music with celebrated Haitian drummer Daniel 'Brav' Brevil and Co.

Portsha Jefferson is a professional dancer and choreographer trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African derived styles, who specializes in Haitian Folkloric Dance. She began her formal training at the age of six at the Marsha Woody Dance Academy in Beaumont, Texas. Portsha is the founder and artistic director of Rara Tou Limen, an arts organization that has been promoting Haitian culture for the past 10 years. RTL has continually offered participants the opportunity to experience Haitian music, dance and culture through classes, workshops, performances and educational events in both the United States and in Haiti. Portsha has taught creative movement and Haitian Folkloric dance in schools, universities, community centers and dance studios for twelve years. A passionate believer in education and youth development, she has worked for several youth organizations including The Young Performers Theater, The San Francisco Arts Education Project, Westlake School of the Arts, Opera Picolla, DanceVersity and Swivel Arts. Portsha's dedication and exploration of Haitian culture have brought her to Haiti, where she has traveled throughout the country to research regional dance, rhythms and musical traditions. Currently, Portsha is an instructor at the University of California at Berkeley, Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts (CCDA) and is an artist in residence for Oakland, Berkeley and SF public schools. In addition, she is an instructor at East Bay Dance Center, Dance Mission Theater and at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. She also serves as a Cultural Arts Specialist with Oakland Parks and Recreation, where she continues to share her love of dance with Oakland youth.
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Hip Hop with Micaya
Hip Hop with Micaya
Thursdays, 6-7:15pm (beg)
Tuesdays, 8:15-9:30 (int)

Micaya has been a dancer, instructor, and choreographer for over 20 years. Formally trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and African dance forms, she began teaching hip-hop in the early 1990s. She began producing high energy, underground, sold-out hip-hop shows in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District in 1993. Those shows led up to the creation of the First Annual San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest in 1999. Now with seven years of success and presented at the historic Palace of Fine arts Theatre, the San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest has grown into one of the most exciting events of the year. Micaya's choreography has been featured in corporate events as well as music videos, television, nightclubs, festivals, theaters, cabaret, and touring productions. She is the founder and director of her own dance company, SoulForce, that performs all over the Bay Area and is the producer of the popular annual community show "Mission in the Mix" which features SoulForce along with up and coming local companies and students.

Micaya incorporates her many years of dance training and styles into her teaching. Her classes are popular due to her passionate teaching style. Expertly broken down, Micayas' choreography is taught in a non intimidating way that all people understand. Micaya teaches all over the Bay Area to students of all ages and backgrounds - as well as teaching throughout the country and abroad.
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Beginning Hip Hop with David Schrag
Beginning Hip Hop with David Schrag
Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm

Beginning/ Intermediate Hip Hop is a class designed to suit all levels of hip-hop dancer. David applies a constructivist teaching method to reach everyone from the amateur hip-hop enthusiast to the more experienced or classically trained dancer. The goal of his class is to provide a framework of choreography in which each dancer will be able to add their own personal style and attitude. It is also focuses on an inclusive atmosphere, rather than a place that caters to any select group of dancers. Most of all, the class is designed for people to feel comfortable (and shake their tails!) David phases elements of B-boying, old school and more modern video-style choreography. Classes usually consist of a warm-up, stretching and choreography. Routines are usually repeated every two weeks, allowing students to build on their past week of experience.
For an example of David's teaching, please click here.

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Saturdays, 9-10am

Nia Technique is a cardiovascular fitness and personal growth practice that integrates the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Nia embraces both form and freedom: the form of simple steps, kicks, and stances that anyone can learn; and the freedom of each student's inner dance. Nia truly represents the 'joy of movement.'

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