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!

FREE ONLINE COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

Accessible, donations-based online dance classes for all ages and abilities.

ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE:

1. Register for each class through the Google form below.
2. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link no less than 3 hours before class begins on each day. Class will also be streamed on Dancewave’s Facebook Live
3. Make an (optional) donation of $1 or more to help support this free program!

UPCOMING MOVING TOGETHER ONLINE CLASSES: MAY 20 – JULY 8, 2020

BELLYDANCE ○ WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 ○ 4:00-5:00PM Eastern Time

“Belly Dance” is a Western umbrella term for dances of the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey. The dance takes many forms but is most often performed as a solo improvisational dance. This fun class will focus on undulations, isolations, and basic movements of the dance form.

About the Teaching Artist: Leila Mire is a Lebanese-American performer, choreographer, educator, researcher, and writer. She received a BFA from George Mason University’s Honors College in 2018 and has since worked with ClancyWorks, Silk Road Dance Company, in freelance work, and as a solo artist. Her work has been commissioned for the National Cathedral’s 1 Journey Festival and performed at venues all over the country. She teaches contemporary and Arabic dance for organizations like Artists Striving to End Poverty and DanceWave. She is a recent recipient of the Young Alumni Commissioning Grant, the GMU Digital Content Fund, and is a co-founder of the Artists Striving to End Poverty Mutual Aid Network. She also writes for ThinkingDance and has been published for her work “Orientalism and the Perpetuation of Racist Stereotypes in the Nutcracker.” To learn more about her check out her website leilamiredance.com.

URBAN LATIN/HIP HOP ○ WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 ○ 4:00-5:00PM Eastern Time

Jonathan Peña’s Urban Latin class is a mixture of Hip Hop, Street Jazz and Urban Latin dance with a focus on choreography.

About the Teaching Artist: Jonathan Manuel Peña, who is popularly known as “Shwing”, is a young dancer who started his performance career in the rough and competitive yards of Greek life. He has won numerous step and stroll competitions and later on continued his passion for performing arts by pursuing dance. He started dancing this year and has already toured with renowned choreographer J Romeo 2 times in both Miami and the Tri-state area. He is also a brand ambassador/Athlete for New York based Urban Dance League. He also has performed for Telemundo and has been featured in several music videos. Shwing has performed for numerous events and is ready to give back to the community of NJ as a young choreographer. Shwing is the ‘Hip Hop Grooves & Choreo’ Dance Instructor at LGDA.Credits: El Duo Perfecto, Opened up for Nicky Jam, Luis Vargas, Urban Dance League and more.

ZUMBA DANCE ○ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 ○ 4:00-5:00PM Eastern Time

Zumba is an easy follow-along class combining Latin, Caribbean, and African rhythms into high-energy movement sequences. Every class feels like a party!

About the Teaching Artist: Michelle Castro Douglass is a Native New Yorker that has taught Zumba for the last 9 years. Her love of Zumba led her to additional Zumba certifications including, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba for Seniors, Zumba for Kids and stretch. She introduced the Aqua Zumba format to the Northern NJ in 2012 while spearheading countless Zumba-thons, benefiting non-profit organizations, and raising over $65,000 in under 11 months.

MODERN DANCE ○ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 ○ 4:00-5:00PM Eastern Time

Maleek’s Modern Dance class engages body and soul and connects social dance form styles with movement from early dance pioneers like Lester Horton, Martha Graham.

About the Teaching Artist: Maleek Washington A native New Yorker from the Bronx, Maleek Washington is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist. He began his dance training at Harlem School of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, and attended The Boston Conservatory on a full scholarship before beginning his professional career with CityDance Ensemble (Washington DC). While there he worked with Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, and Alex Noeral, and as a SpringBoard Danse (Montreal) participant, Washington also worked with Jose Navas & Rubberband. Upon his return to New York City, Washington collaborated with McArthur Genius awardee, Kyle Abraham, and his company Abraham.In.Motion for four seasons before becoming the first African-American male to perform in the critically acclaimed immersive show Punch Drunk’s Sleep No More. He has also performed for musical sensations, such as Sia, ‪Phish‬ & Rhianna for her immersive AntiDiary Campaign.

AFRO-CARIBBEAN/DANCEHALL/SOCA DANCE ○ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 ○ 4:00-5:00PM Eastern Time

Enjoy the lively sounds of Reggae and Soca music as we jump, wine and mashup the dancehall! Pia Monique Murray leads you through exciting choreography featuring a variety of movements from Dancehall, Reggae and Soca. You’re invited to bring your flag to represent where you’re from – just be ready to sweat!

About the Teaching Artist: Pia Monique Murray is known as a jack of all trades in the dance industry, having been a choreographer, performer, teacher, arts administrator, stage, tour/company manager, and rehearsal assistant. She has worked with nora chipaumire, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Paloma McGregor, Dianne McIntyre, Blondell Cummings, Vangeline, Katsura Kan, Pedro Ruiz, and Michelle Gibson in various capacities. Pia has been a teaching artist for Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Urban Arts Partnership, Dreamyard Project, Brooklyn Arts Council, Dancewave, and Mark DeGarmo & Dancers. As a Lincoln Center Scholar she obtained a master’s degree in dance education from Hunter College and graduated with high honors as a member of the National Honors Society for Dance. She performs contemporary dance with RAKIA!, traditional dance from Côte d’Ivoire with Vado Diomande’s Kotchegna Dance Company, and leads Pia Monique Murray Dance Collective (PMMDC).

FLAMENCO DANCE ○ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 ○ 4:00-5:00PM Eastern Time

Flamenco is a rich art form with origins in Southern Spain that is practiced around the world. Born as a form of political protest and cultural preservation during an oppressive time for Gitanos and other groups in Spain, Flamenco has become an enchanting and empowering style of music, song, and dance that captivates people no matter where they are from. Flamenco has traveled and evolved in different communities around the world and today has influences from the Caribbean and Latin America. Flamenco dancers mostly dance solo but work closely with the singer and guitarist as it is an art form that is centered around community. In this class you will learn about not just movement but also the essence that makes Flamenco so magical and beautiful.

About the Teaching Artist: Ra Ruiz Leon is a Flamenco dancer and a poet from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ra began her studies in dance with traditional Boricua roots music, Bomba y Plena, as well as Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata. Among her most treasured artistic experiences are Flamenco Rosado, made possible by Flamenco Vivo’s artist in residency program that aimed to create a platform for LGBT Flamenco artists and in which she shared the stage with Xianix Barrera, Sol ‘La Argentinita’, and guitarist Antonia Jimenez, as well as /SER/, a flamenco production by Angelina Ramirez for Lluvia Flamenca in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been a featured opening act for prominent musical artists and poets such as Toshi Reagon, Eve Ensler, Maysoon Zayid, Climbing Poetree, Meshell Ndegeocello, among others. Ra has led dance residencies and poetry workshops throughout New York for organizations and venues including Dancewave, Flamenco Vivo, The Nuyorican Poets Café, Dance Theater Workshop, Wesleyan University and The Bowery Poetry Club. Currently she is a Teaching Artist for various NYC dance organizations and trains diligently with NYC based Flamenco instructors. In the summer of 2018 she was part of Noche Flamenca’s Summer Dance Intensive where she worked on her own piece, mentored by Soledad Barrio and Martin Santangelo. Most recently, Ra participated in the Flamenco and Spanish Dance Program at Jacobs Pillow.

BOLLYWOOD DANCE ○ WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 ○ 4:00-5:00PM Eastern Time

Bollywood Dance is a mix of dance styles performed in Bollywood films, including traditional Indian styles of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, folk styles, and modern Jazz, Hip-Hop or Belly Dance. Jazz gives a dancer form and style while Bollywood allows you to experience and open up the body in a fun way. Equal parts dance and fitness!

About the Teaching Artist: Pooja Uberoi is the founder and owner of the Artistic Dance Company IKIGAI USA which operates in the U.S. and India. Pooja is a trained Jazz and Bollywood dancer and teacher. Pooja is also a trained 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher from Bangalore, India and currently teaches at the Indian Embassy in New York. Pooja Uberoi is also the Producer for NYC Dance Week and founder of Funkar – a NYC10 initiative. She has more than 13 years of experience as a dancer and teacher in Jazz schools in India, the Bollywood Film industry in Mumbai, India and New York City. She was a Board member and Head of a National Dance school in India before moving to New York City. Pooja has choreographed for many movies, musical theatre shows and the famous Sesame Street in India.

SWING DANCE/LINDY HOP/CHARLESTON ○ WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 ○ 4:00-5:00PM Eastern Time

Lindy Hop is the mother of all Swing Dances and was born in America with African American dancers in Harlem, NYC, along with the music of this period. This is a class with authentic solo dance steps from the Vintage Swing & Jazz Age of the 1920s-1940s, moves from the Charleston to Tabby the Cat.

About the Teaching Artist: Shannon Varner discovered Lindy Hop while living in New York City and has been fortunate to live in Lindy Hop-centric cities ever since. Whether Washington DC, Chicago, or Columbus, OH, they all provided rich opportunities to participate in their wonderful and varied dance scenes, as an instructor, choreographer and a performer. Shannon has won numerous awards, placing in such competitions as the Beantown Dance Camp, Nevermore Jazz Ball in St. Louis, SwingIN, Southern Swing Challenge in Nashville, American Lindy Hop Championships, Virginia State Open, and the Jack & Jill contest at Midsummer Night Swing in NYC. Her media credits include “PBS’ Swingin with the Duke” with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; The Today Show; Dance Chicago and NBC4 Columbus. She rounds out her dance experience with a background in arts administration.

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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!