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!
Dancewave is thrilled to partner with École des Sables to present the Moving Together: Common Ground Series, featuring FREE virtual dance classes taught by artists in NYC and Dakar, Senegal. Our signature “Moving Together” community class series brings you a full-bodied dance experience and an opportunity to learn about the rich cultures and expressions of the Caribbean, West Africa, America, and South Asia. Classes will be held every Thursday from 12:00-1:00pm EST during the months of July and August.
Classes are FREE. Donations of any amount are appreciated and will be paid directly to the teaching artists.
Classes will be held virtually via Zoom. Important note: Please register no less than 30 minutes before class begins.
Students must be 7 years and older to participate.
JULY 15: 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.
JULY 22: SENEGALESE DANCE (SABAR)
Sabar Dance is a dance style coming from the Wolof people in Senegal, Africa. It is danced to Sabar drums. This dance usually takes places in social events.
About the Teaching Artist: Ousmane -known as Bané Ndiaye is a dancer and choreographer. With more than 25 years of international experience – Bané has toured in Africa, Canada, the United States, Australia and beyond – he is renowned and recognized as one of the most dynamic and expressive dancers in Dakar. He began his professional dance career with the African ballet Ndjimbado in 1994. He joined the Sinomew Ballet of Senegal in 1998 and continued to be an ambassador for traditional Senegalese dance until 2003. His explosive energy and rhythmic precision attracted the attention of Germaine Acogny, pioneer of the new African dance and founder of the Jant-Bi company. With Jant-Bi, Bané trained in contemporary dance and collaborated as a dancer in the creation of renowned shows such as Faagala, Opéra du Sahel, Waaxtan and Echelles de mémoire, a collaboration with Urban Bush Women (USA). Since 2009, Bané has successfully pursued a career as a freelance dancer and choreographer. He has formed his own dance company, Syncro Art, through which he develops several artistic projects.
JULY 29: GERMAINE ACOGNY TECHNIQUE
Technique Germaine Acogny is a modern African dance technique. It is created by Germaine Acogny, ‘the mother of modern African dance’. This technique is the only codified and acknowledged contemporary dance technique created in Africa. It is based on traditional African dances (especially from Senegal and Benin) and Western dance techniques. While dancing the technique Acogny you feel the strength of multiple worlds combined. Rhythm, repetition and grounding, the work of the spine, the length, lines and alignment of the body. The basis of this technique is the attention given to your spine. It respects any differences in body structure. The technique is about life, about the connection between being human and nature. The philosophy of this technique is based on unity. While dancing you are part of both the community and nature. You are fully aware of your own body. You live life to the full through the virtuosity of movement and consciousness.
About the Teaching Artist: International performer, choreographer and teacher, Alesandra Seutin (daughter of a South African and Belgian couple) was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. She grew up in Brussels and now lives between London and Brussels. She has studied dance all over the world, in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States. She has a degree in theatre-dance from Trinity Laban Conservatory and in choreography and performance from Middlesex University in London. She also trained at the École des Sables in Senegal, where she was a student of Germaine Acogny, who passed on her technique to her. Seutin is now an ambassador of this technique, which she teaches at the École des Sables and all over the world. Since she founded her company Vocab Dance in 2017, Alesandra Seutin has gradually built an international reputation for her thought-provoking creations that strike the imagination with their visual power, whether for small stages or large venues or even outside the walls. Subjects that touch on and reflect social, political and economic issues stimulate her creativity. Through movement, voice and music, she creates paintings that trigger discussions. Her recent productions include: Giant, an immersive dance and installation duo and a new group choreography, Boy Breaking Glass, which premiered at Sadler’s Wells, London in October 2018 and Dear Winnie, which has been touring the Netherlands and Belgium since 2019. Alesandra Seutin also supports emerging young dancers and choreographers and recently provided the dramaturgy and writing for the show À travers l’autre for the Doris twins as Nathalie Bokongo Nkumu, known as Les Mybalés. In 2020-21, she will also be the guest artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) at Sadler’s Wells. Alesandra Seutin has recently being appointed as the co-Artistic Director of Germaine Acogny’s Ecole des Sables in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal.
AUGUST 5: BOLLYWOOD
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. Its not just a fitness class, its a dance class
About the Teaching Artist: Pooja Uberoi is professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. Pooja has 13 years of Dancing and Teaching Experience. Pooja is trained in Indian dance forms such as Kathak, Bharatanatyam and Bollywood Dance. She is also trained in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Dance under some of the best teachers from Russia, Israel, Japan, Australia and USA.She has toured throughout India, U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Israel with her classes and a Bollywood Musical she co directed and choreographed. She’s founder of the dance company IKIGAI, producer for NYC Dance week and founder of Funkar, a NYC-10 Initiative. Before moving to NYC, Pooja was head of a national dance school in India with over 800 students. She has choreographed full length Bollywood Musicals with adults and kids. Pooja has assisted in many Bollywood movies, TV shows and the Indian version of Sesame Street for Kids.Pooja is the Brand Ambassador for Dance USA Dance, NYC. She is also a consultant for a music school and runs an international artist management company called Artists East West.She recently received the 27th south asian women empowerment award for her work in NYC in the field of Dance.
AUGUST 12: HIP HOP
About the Teaching Artist: Cennellis Baron, a NYC native, began her dance training at the age of 15 after joining her schools dance team. After training at Peridance Capezio Center where she also began teaching, she earned her BA in dance from Point Park University where she had the opportunity to learn from inspiring teachers and artists.
Since graduating last year she has been freelancing and has worked at the Beacon School and Leaders high School as a teaching artist. She is currently a part of the Dancewave team, and is working with mentor Kim Elliott in Kim Elliott Dance as a dancer and teacher through virtual dance classes.
AUGUST 26: AFRO-FUSION
This class will be focusing on the different techniques used within todays afro- streetdances. . Polyrytmic, isolation, grounding and groove being the key elements of each dance. Movements will be based on popular African dances from countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Congo, which will be combined with influences from pop and urban style elements.
About the Teaching Artist: Amie Mbye is a Norwegian-Gambian dance artist based in Oslo and works between Oslo, Paris and Dakar. Amie is active as a performer and co-creator and / or creator in various artistic contexts and constellations. She has both participated in and created projects ranging from site-specific interactive performances to artistic productions for stages, presented both nationally and internationally. She has a BA from the College of Dance Art in Oslo (2019), where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in in and choreographic thinking. In addition to this, Amie has 8 years of dance experience in African aesthetic contemporary dance in Tabanka Dance Ensemble (NO), certificate in African Contemporary Dance from Ecole Des Sables in Senegal (2018), as well as dance training in various African Streetdance styles (AfroHouse, Ndombolo, Coupe Decale), House and Hiphop. Amie has been engaged as a performer and co-creative dancer for various dance artists and choreographers such as Thomas Talawa Prestø (NO), Aida Colmenero Diaz (ES), Alesandra Seutin (BE), Cliff Mustache (NO), Harald & Louis (NO / DK), Inés Belli (NO) Ludvig Daae (NO) m.fl. In her own artistic practice, Amie is interested in examining issues related to minority, gender, cultures and identity politics. She looks at how the relationship between traditions and pop culture can create different forms of perceptions of reality, and how these in turn unfold and express politically, structurally and personally. Amie is a dance artist who navigates between street dance, contemporary dance which gives Amie a rich and interesting approach to choreography. She is also active as a youth worker, facilitator / organizer and teacher in and is known for her interest and drive in initiating and arranging projects for young dancers in Oslo, Banjul and Dakar.
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: email@example.com
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!