Adult Classes 2018-09-05T15:50:20+00:00

Adult Dance Classes

Immerse yourself in the joy and vitality of music and dance from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean!

All classes are Open Level (suitable for beginner to advanced students) unless otherwise noted.

West African

Sabar and with Lamine Thiam

With Live Drumming
You’ll learn two key styles of West African dance in this class: Sabar and Djembe. Sabar’s celebratory rhythm is featured in the music of Youssou N’Dour and is aerial and sensual, with high kicks and jumps. Djembe dances mark everything from everyday events (farming, hunting) to special occasions (birth, marriage) and express strength, playfulness, exuberance, grace, and more. Master teacher Lamine Thiam comes from a line of Senegalese griots, and will teach the fundamentals of West African dance and ground you in an understanding of the accompanying drum rhythms.

West African Dance & Drumming with Vado Diomande


Explore the heart of all West African musical traditions: the drum. Learn to play the many parts of djembe, doundoun, songbas and kenkenes with Vado Diomande, life-long drummer, drum-maker and repairer. Learn to play accompaniment lines to Kookoo, Temate, Katana, Bolohi, N’Goron and more as you build up to playing lead drum. Growing up in the rich musical culture of West Africa, Vado learned both dance and drum at an early age. Vado’s wealth of knowledge demonstrates the fascinating patterns and rich tapestries of Ivory Coast drumming. Master dancer, teacher, choreographer and drummer Vado Diomande was initiated as a youth to be the keeper of the sacred mask stilt-dance for his village in the Ivory Coast.


Vado draws on the rich and diverse dance tradition from the Ivory Coast. With over 60 different ethnic traditions, the variety of steps and rhythms taught is complex, exciting and vigorous. Class is taught first with a simple 20-minute warm-up, followed by 30 minutes of learning steps to a particular dance. Drumming begins and the dance is performed as a whole. Then steps are practiced across the floor with the drums to several other dance rhythms for about 40 minutes, culminating in a final run-through of the learned dance in front of the drums. Spontaneous solos are also performed at the end of class with the drums.

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Central African

KongoBeat with Eto’o Tsana

KongoBeat is a core centered, hip rhythmic, high energy, uplifting, and culturally rich Kongolese Mbongi (Village) class that focuses on both traditional and urban dance styles from the HEART of Africa; The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo. This experience encompasses the base of the past to understand the now, the present, and the future through the sounds of traditional Ngoma’s (drums), Ndombolo, Soukouss, and fusion Congo-beats.

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Samba with Danielle Lima

With Live Drumming. Spark your energy and awaken your hips with a fusion of traditional Brazilian dances and contemporary styles. You’ll learn samba, samba reggae, samba rock and funk, and pagode from Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, all while getting a dynamic cardiovascular workout. Danielle will lead you through a gentle warm-up at the beginning that includes isolations, basic postures, and a slow stretching routine aimed at improving flexibility and balance. From Rio de Janeiro, Danielle Lima is a highly sought-after performer, Certified Teaching Artist with Dancing Classrooms, yoga teacher, and founder of Brasileirando Dance Group.

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Beginning Afro Cuban with Tony Domenech

Learn the different dances of the Orishas (African deities of the Yoruba/Lucumi tradition) as well as the rhythms, movements, and stories behind the dances. Involving undulations, contractions, and intricate hand and head movements, this class is suitable for various levels: beginners can learn the fundamentals while more advanced students can focus on technique.

Afro Cuban Explosión with Danys ‘La Mora’ Perez

With Live Drumming
Celebrate the rich diversity of Afro-Cuban dance in this very special class with beloved teacher Danys ‘La Mora’ Perez. Explore an exciting range of traditional folkloric dances with origins in West and Central Africa – some via Haiti. Featured cultures include Yoruba (Orisha dances), Congo (e.g. Palo) and Dahomey (e.g. Arará). The class will also delve into Rumba and popular styles such as comparsa and merengue. Some sessions will be taught by guest teachers selected personally by La Mora for their artistry and knowledge of Cuban dance. Join us as we light up the dance floor on fire with Cuban heat!

Rumba with Stevie Insua

With Live Drumming
Learn different types of rumba, including guaguancó, yambu, columbia and rumbas mimeticas. Students will learn the relationship between the dance and the music, so that they learn to dance inside the timing. The origins, significance and context of rumba will also be explained for a deeper understanding and expressiveness. A focused warm-up will help students develop the distinctive movement style that is characteristic of Afro-Cuban dance.

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Afro-Haitian with Julio Jean

With Live Drumming
Journey to the nanm (“soul” in Haitian Kreyol) of Afro-Haitian dance and become acquainted with the different Iwa (gods) in the Vodou religion through their dances, songs, rhythms and rituals. You’ll explore the undulating movements of Yanvalu, the powerful precision of Nago, and the grace and beauty of the Kongo dance – all traditional Haitian dance forms with roots in West Africa and the South American Amazon. Haitian dancer and teacher Julio Jean’s extensive credits include work with Katherine Dunham and performances of his company’s choreographies at Alvin Ailey and Central Park’s Summer Stage. He is also a songwriter and composer of traditional Haitian music.

Dancehall with Yaminah Legohn

Dancehall is a unique and expressive style created within Jamaican culture. Derived from Reggae music, this style has it’s own culture and dances that have been created by individuals and dance crews from Jamaica and around the world. This specific style became known in the mid to late 80s and has become popular ever since.  In this class students learn the history of Dancehall culture as they master classic steps to corresponding riddims, choreographies and freestyle techniques. Each class includes a warm-up covering old, middle and new school dances that are danced at dancehall/ reggae parties across the globe. For the second half of the class, students incorporate these dances into choreographies and freestyles set to the hottest Dancehall tunes. At the end of class, students perform for each other, developing confident and bold self-expression- the foundational element of Dancehall culture. Through learning these energetic and fun dance, students will become stronger, more knowledgeable and dynamic dancers.

Soca with Careitha Davis

A high-energy dance class with a cultural experience that blends Caribbean dancing with African and jazz dance technique. This class starts with a group stretching session to calypso music then progresses into the explanation and practice of foundational Caribbean dance steps and movement then followed with occasional choreography. Many Caribbean movement from the West Indies  derived from Africa, isolating the body to compliment the rhythm and the bass of the music. These movements are most performed in social settings, carnivals and fetes. Soca class will bring that energy and in the studio while also extending your movement vocabulary with African and jazz dance technique. This is an open-level class suitable for all age groups and learning abilities.

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Street and Social Dance


This energetic class takes you on a journey across Africa on the dance floors. Let Nado introduce you to the most popular Afro club music hits and dances from the Ivory Coast, Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Angola. Come experience this lively blend of beats alongside traditional and contemporary movement.

BMore Afro House with Sanchel Brown

Students will explore an hour of high energy movement rooted in the vernacular of Baltimore Club dancing. In the 1980’s, Baltimore Club dancing was derived from the direct influence of the music genre of Baltimore house music, a blend of Hip Hop and Chopped Staccato House Music. Each class will fuse the movement language of footwork, vibrations throughout the body and polymovement conversation between the upper and lower extremities of the body that synchronize with many traditional West African dance forms.

Chicago Style Steppin’ with the New York Chicago Style Steppers

Learn the smooth, sexy, and soulful art of Chicago Style Steppin’. Originating in Chicago, Steppin’ has its roots in Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, and the Bop, and is a sophisticated social partner dance usually done to R&B, Soul, Neo-Soul, Jazz, and Funk music. It grew in popularity in the ‘90s with the release of R. Kelly’s song, “Step In the Name of Love,” and with classic songs like, “Be Thankful for What You Got” by William DeVaughn in the ‘70s. Beginning students will learn fundamentals like the basic “8-count” and simple turns, and intermediate and advanced students will learn to enhance their technique, style, and turns before moving on to more complex combinations.

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Dance Fitness

Afro Flow Yoga™ with Pilin Anice

Come experience joy and elation through movement and sound. Afro Flow Yoga™ infuses electrifying dance movements of the African Diaspora that flow into a meditative yoga sequence of gentle yet powerful stretches. Deeply connect with the soulful rhythms of live drumming, energize your chakras, gain strength and flexibility and rejoice in the bliss of feeling grounded and peaceful! Through the power of collective energy and the creation of sacred space, students will leave feeling empowered, energized, and renewed.

Kemetic Yoga with Carmen Carriker

Students are introduced to yoga from an African perspective. Kemetic Yoga comes from one of the oldest known civilizations which is ancient Egypt, also called Kemet. Kemetic Yogaskills Method founded by Yirser Ra Hotep is a healing and meditative yoga.  Learn a series of geometrically progressive postures to align the spine, relieve stress, balance chakras and allow life force energy to flow more abundantly throughout the entire body. This class will be accompanied by a special compilation of music including sounds of African rhythms and chants.

Kukuwa ® African Dance Workout with Courtney Thompson

Kukuwa ® African Dance Workout is not only a workout, it’s an education and journey one experiences each time they move their boombsey. The workout has you immediately moving your arms, waist, legs and hips to a blend of Central, East, South, West, and North African rhythms. It will take you on an exotic African expedition pumping fun through your veins, burning crazy calories and sweating buckets. Kukuwa ® African Dance energy adds living flavor to your workout, nourishing both body and soul. It is open to all fitness levels

SOCA’N WET with Azriel Wallace

SOCA’N WET Dance fitness is all about sweating to Soca music and Reggae, celebrating life and feeling good about yourself.  Members are encouraged to wave flags representing their country. It doesn’t matter what you look like, it’s how you feel!

Yoga for Us with Aimee & Friends

Yoga for Us is a donation based community yoga class that provides a space of freedom and comfort for every single person who walks into the studio. We focus on uniting breath with movement, thereby, establishing a moving meditation. This class is accessible to first time yogis while still creatively sequenced to keep experienced yogis engaged. Get ready to let go, find a renewed sense of ease and move with your beloved Bed Stuy community – all to a soulful soundtrack.

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