Adult Classes 2017-09-19T22:16:10+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

West African (Sabar and Djembe) 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 with Mouminatou Camara

With Live Drumming
Learn the fun and playful dances of Guinea, including the yankadi and macru dances of seduction, which alternate according to the beat of the drums. The yankadi is slow and mellow (a time to check out your prospects), and the macru is fast and furious, joyfully danced with the partner of your choosing. Come join Mouminatou Camara as she leads you through this aerobic, rhythmic, and high-energy class. The classes begin with a warm up, including isolations and stretching. Choreography follows the warm up, and is introduced first without music, and then with drumming. The movements are then taken down the floor, and new rhythms introduced.

Kutiro with Ousmane Sall

Learn Kutiro rhythms and dances with Ousmane Sall! African dance styles (djembe, sabar, kutiro) are named after the drums used to play the rhythms for the dance. Cumbe is excited to offer you a chance to learn Kutiro dances, which are not easily found in NYC. Ousmane brings a warmth and presence into the classroom that encourages each student to feel at ease, inspiring the freedom to open themselves up to the rhythm. From a traditional drumming and dance family, Ousmane performed for many years with two Senegalese dance companies: National Ballet Senemew, and Silimbo D’Adeane.

Sabar with Ousmane Sall

Learn this Senegalese dance style with master dancer, drummer and choreographer Ousmane Sall. The Sabar dance style (named after the drums used to play this dance’s unique rhythms) is danced at celebrations and social occasions. Sabar is known for it’s joyful, aerial kicks.

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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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Afro-Brazilian with Joya Powell

Learn 3 different Brazilian dance styles from 2016 Bessie Award-winning choreographer Joya Powell: Orixás, Pagode, and Samba-Afro. Dances of the Orixás are dances of the deities in the Candomblé religion. The Pagode style of Samba movement came from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and Samba-Afro is a popular dance form created by the Afro-Brazilian Carnaval groups of Salvador, Bahia.

Afro-Brazilian with Cleonice Fonseca

Dance the Orixas of Brazil to the rhythms of Candomble (Ijexa, Ilu, Aluja, Barravento, etc.) with a special guest teacher who brings a style of folkloric dance learned from her mentors in Bahia, Brazil: Nildinha Fonseca, Jose Ricardo, and Raimundo King.

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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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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Forces of Nature

The Forces of Nature Dance Theatre classes will be a fusion of traditional , Neo African and contemporary forms. Dance and rhythms are centered in the choreographic language of the African Diaspora. This series will be taught by select members of the professional company using live and/or recorded music, under the artistic direction of Abdel R. Salaam.

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Street and Social Dance

Afrikfusion with Omari Mizrahi

This is a choreography class fusing House club dance, African and Contemporary moves, focusing on rhythms and the connections between the movement and cultures. In this class you will start with warming up and stretching, followed by drills of isolations in the shoulders, hips, and knees. After warming up, you will learn a routine up to a minute long. After rehearsing the combination throughout class you’ll be able to show your classmates your moves by performing the routine in smaller groups!

Afrobeats Dance NYC

Afrobeats Dance NYC brings you the hottest and newest Afrobeats dance classes! Our teachers are from all over the world and have performed and choreographed for your favorite Afrobeats artists like Flavour, Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, P Square, Timaya and so many more. Each class covers history and technique, and culminates with fun choreography leaving you confident to jump on any dance floor when your favorite Afrobeats song comes on!

Afro Fusion House with Kim Holmes

Afro-Fusion House is a mix of traditional African, Salsa, Merengue, Samba, and Rumba dances, mixed with the contemporary styles of House and Hip-Hop. Different musical rhythms and vocabulary will inspire your body to move fluidly and energetically, and you’ll explore cultures through dance – from the Old Malian empire to the Southern Hemisphere. You’ll learn footwork and choreographed sequences, for a learning experience that will be soul-freeing, fun-filled, and energy-building.

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

African Dance and Cardio Jam with Johari Mayfield

This fun, interactive and high energy dance class is geared towards adult movers new to African dance. All participants will be introduced to the energy, style and movements of the African continent while building mind/body awareness and cardiovascular strength. Come and get your bliss on!

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 flowing with 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.

SOCA’N WET with Bajanalla Cann

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!

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