Moving Together: Community Dance Classes

Dancewave’s Moving Together program hosts accessible all-ages dance classes focused on dynamic social dance styles throughout the community and now online. Moving Together Community Dance Classes can be held anywhere and are open to anyone!


NEW CLASSES IN FEBRUARY 2021:

Join Dancewave in celebrating Black history and culture through dance – every Wednesday this February! Our latest Moving Together class series brings you a full-bodied dance experience and an opportunity to learn about the rich cultures and expressions of East & West Africa, Jamaica and Haiti. Classes are donation-based** and held every Wednesday from 5:00-6:00pm EST during the month of February.

**Donate $1 or more (per class) to gain access. If this price proves cost-prohibitive, please email us and we will accommodate your reservation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. A portion of proceeds will benefit BYP100, a member-based organization of Black youth activists creating justice and freedom for all Black people.

Scroll down to learn more about each individual class offering and Teaching Artist. Classes will be held virtually via Zoom. Zoom access information is included in the confirmation email after successful registration. Important note: Please register no less than 30 minutes before class begins.


 

FEBRUARY 3: GUINEAN (WEST-AFRICAN) DANCE 

Experience traditional dances of Guinean culture as well as a review of the country’s history. After a guided warm-up and technical movements, we will also improvise to contemporary African music.

About the Teaching Artist: Enya-Kalia Jordan is a choreographer, researcher, scholar, and teaching-artist, from Brooklyn, New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Buffalo State in 2017 and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University in 2019. In 2020, she began her doctoral studies at Texas Woman’s University researching the decolonization of dance curriculum in higher education. This directly intersects with her work as a Lecturer at the University of Virginia and Assistant Professor at SUNY Erie. She has conducted ethnographic research in Tokyo, Japan; Guimaraes, Portugal; Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands; and Paris, France. She founded and artistically directs her own movement-based artist collective, Enya Kalia Creations, which has performed nationally and internationally. Enya has won numerous grants, scholarships, and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, Arts Administrators of Color Network, Dance Union, Cooper-Newell Foundation, Texas Woman’s University, SUNY Buffalo State, Temple University, for her work.

FEBRUARY 10: DANCEHALL

Birthed from the Dance Halls of Jamaica in the 1970s, Dancehall is a globally celebrated dance genre having almost as much of an impact on mainstream music and dance as its predecessor Reggae. This popular, full-energy street style is cousin to Hip Hop and African dance. High cardio with a punch of SWAG!

About the Teaching Artist: Kameica Reid, renowned Jamaican choreographer, dance performer and instructor, has worked with artists such as Rev Run from Run DMC, Patra, Tarrus Riley, Sizzla, Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder, Tami Chynn, Alaine, Cecile, Elephant Man, Baby Sham, Alicia Keyz, and more. She is the founding member of two Jamaican dance companies, Wolmer’s Dance Troupe and Dance Theatre Xaymaca, Reid has been trained in and exposed to various dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Dancehall/Reggae Ska, Modern Contemporary, Hip Hop, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean Folk and African Dance. She is a creative force, mastering and specializing the fusion of the class, technique and drama of dance theatre with hard hitting grit and soul of the street. Reid’s passion transcends all boundaries and draws in any audience with her soulful presence and execution. She has worked in various school and after school programs in Jamaica and NYC, as well as currently teaching dance class at Dancewave.

FEBRUARY 10: AFRO-HAITIAN

Julio Jean teaches the traditional dance forms of Haiti with roots in West Africa and the South American Amazon, including the undulating movements of Yanvalu, the powerful precision of Nago, and the grace and beauty of the Kongo dance.

About the Teaching Artist: Julio Jean is a renowned master Haitian dance teacher and choreographer with over 20 years of experience. Julio studied with Lavinia Williams at the National School of Arts in Haiti, as well as with Herve Maxi, Fritz Jolicoeur, Edwige Roche, Rachel Tavernier, Regine Montrosier Trouillot, and more. In 1989, he moved to New York City, and worked directly with Katherine Dunham teaching traditional Haitian dance for her teacher training. He has been a guest teacher at Webster University in Saint Louis and Humboldt University, and has taught workshops in San Francisco, Milwaukee, and at the Dance New England Dance Camp in Maine. Among other venues, Julio’s performances have been seen at Alvin Ailey for National Dance week and at Summer Stage in 2010. Currently, Julio teaches at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance in Brooklyn, New York and at the Y in Montclair, New Jersey. At this moment, he is also offering classes via Zoom on Sundays 11am-12:00pm and Fridays, beginner level, 6:00-7:00pm. Julio is also a songwriter and composer and has released an album, “Kenbe la,” which encompasses the panorama of traditional Haitian music.

FEBRUARY 24: UGANDAN (EAST AFRICAN) DANCE

Kimandwa (pronounced chi-mahn-dwa) is a Ugandan dance of the Banyankole & Bakiga people from the southwest region in Uganda. This is a worship dance to celebrate and thank the gods for a good harvest, featuring high energy, joyous dance movements, & rhythmic stomping that uses both music and movement to show gratitude.

About the Teaching Artist: Michelle Cole, is an educator, choreographer, and dancer. She received her Master’s degree in Dance Education from New York University, Steinhardt and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University’s Honors College. In 2019, she began her own dance teaching company, Dance Culture LLC, to conduct independent dance residencies at universities, public, private, and independent schools throughout NYC. Michelle became an adjunct faculty member of NYU in 2015, she currently teaches Afro-Caribbean and Hip-Hop Dance. As a choreographer and performer, Michelle has presented and performed in New York, Chicago, Miami, Martha’s Vineyard, Kampala, Uganda and more. She is a member of the Teaching Artist Affairs committee through the Arts in Education Roundtable and an advocate for dance education, social justice, dances of the African diaspora and culturally integrated dance pedagogy.

VIEW PREVIOUS MOVING TOGETHER ONLINE CLASSES:


Past Moving Together workshops held at BAMkids Film Festival, DBAA Fall Fest, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Old Stone House/Washington Park, and MS447. Want to bring Moving Together to your organization, school, community or event? Contact us for booking options: community@dancewave.org

Movement Styles Available: Afro-Cuban, Afro-Haitian, Ballet, Capoeira, Chinese Dance, Creative Movement, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Jazz, Kukuwa, Modern, Musical Theater, Salsa, Soca, West African, Zumba, and more!