Cultural Arts Education

 

CULTURAL ARTS EDUCATION

Photo courtesy of MarcoSanchez.net

 


 

JOIN THE CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE AS A DANCER OR DRUMMER.
FREE DJING AND AUDIO PRODUCTION CLASSES.

 


 

CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO IS A COMMUNITY

 

Carnaval San Francisco (CSF), is a multicultural celebration of music, dance, and artistry that since 1979 has showcased Latin American culture and the talents of Mission District residents in an atmosphere of harmony and revelry.

 

Carnaval San Francisco attracts over 400,000 individuals to the Mission District each year and involves hundreds of local bay area artists and arts organizations, making it the largest multi-ethnic festival in California. The two-day event attracts renown Carnaval ensembles from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as internationally acclaimed headliners.

 

The festivities include a Grand Parade and festival, each drawing upon broad cultural pageantry and fostering a spirit of universal inclusiveness. With over 70 community arts comparsas, or contingents, participating annually in the parade, CSF has deep and nurturing relationships with local artists whose work is representative of a wide spectrum of world traditions.

 

The Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade features more than 50 community arts and school contingents representing the cultural heritages of Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Bolivia, Cuba, Peru, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Columbia, Trinidad, Africa, Guatemala, El Salvador, and more. The festival, which spans both days, will feature performances by a variety of community artists on several stages.

 

Carnaval San Francisco builds community by uniting a diverse cross-section of the population in celebration of multicultural arts and culture, encouraging increased understanding and pride within the neighborhood and community-at-large. CSF is family-oriented, providing a venue for cultural participation by multi-generational contingents, performing artists, and audience members, as well as offering an opportunity for parents and grandparents to introduce and reinforce their heritages to their children and youth.

 

 


 

JOIN THE CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO GRAND PARADE AS A DANCER OR DRUMMER.

 

Below are some of the dance organizations that have participated in the Grand Parade. Stay up to date on their fundraising activities, opportunities to join them in the Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade, and classes they're offering in the community:

 

AQUARELA BRAZILIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE
BOLIVIA CORAZON DE AMERICA
DIASPORA FITNESS
FELINE FINESSE
LET'S SAMBA!
LOCO BLOCO
MCCLA
MUITO QUENTE!
SAMBA DO CORACAO
SAMBAFUNK!
SAMBAXE
SISTAS–WIT–STYLE
TAMBORES JULIO REMELEXO & GINGA BRASIL

 

 

AQUARELA BRAZILIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE

 

 

Carnaval Parade Rehearsal details HERE

AQUARELA ON FACEBOOK

WWW.AQUARELA-SAMBA.COM

 

 


 

BOLIVIA CORAZON DE AMERICA

 

CONTACT: Isidro Fajardo at:
EMAIL: bca.dancecompany@gmail.com
TELEPHONE: 415.519.1563

 

-------------------------ESPAÑOL----------------------------

 

CONTACTO con Isidro Fajardo para mas información de entradas:
EMAIL: bca.dancecompany@gmail.com
TELEFONO: 415.519.1563

 

WWW.BCADANCE.COM
BCASF ON FACEBOOK

 

 


 

DIASPORA FITNESS

 

Join the Diaspora Masquerade Band Saturdays at CrossFit San Leandro (2450 Alvarado St, San Leandro, Ca)

 

Costumes are available for viewing and purchase. Section 1: Ice Pack and Section 2: Alpine Tundra.

 

About the organizer: Kaye Sweat
Kaye is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area who has been a fan of reggae dancehall music since the days of Shabba Ranks and Lady Patra's "Mr. Worker Man." She has travelled to Jamaica's Kingston, Spanish Town, Stair Town, Ocho Rios and more to learn dancehall from some of "ravers" (reggae dancehall troupes) & Jamaican rude gals!

 

Through her dance-fitness company, Diaspora Fitness, Kaye promotes Dance as a way of life for FUN, FITNESS AND FREEDOM of cultural expression.

 

In 2016, Diaspora Fitness will introduce a new tradition! Join us at 5:30am, the morning of the parade, for the 1st Annual Sunrise ‎FREEDOM CELEBRATION, a Juneteenth Jumpoff Jouvert style street party!

 

More details on the website: WWW.DFITOAKTOWN.COM

 

 


 

FELINE FINESSE

 

 

FFDC is an all-female dance troupe originating from the Bayview-Hunters Point community; self-identifying thru genres of Hip hop, West African, and Afro funk. Most importantly, we philosophize a sisterhood of love and self-respect.

 

REHEARSAL INFORMATION:
Willie Mays at Hunters Point Clubhouse (Boys & Girls Club SF)
195 Kiska Rd., SF. CA. 94124

M: 6pm-7pm
W: 6pm-7:30pm
TH: 6pm-7:30pm
F: 6pm-7pm
SAT: (every 2nd Saturday of each month) 12pm-3pm

**all participants/members must become an official BGCSF member before joining/rehearsing**

 

CONTACT: Lilla Pittman at:
EMAIL: felinefinesse.dance@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/swagNtoes

 

 


 

LET'S SAMBA!

 

 

 


 

LOCO BLOCO

 

Loco Bloco is a youth and family organization focused on the development of children and youth through exploration of the arts. Celebrating 20 years of service in San Francisco, Loco Bloco is deeply embed in the community life of the City and is known for using the arts-music, dance, drumming, stilt-walking and theater- to influence social/political change on behalf of under-represented peoples in neighborhoods. Rather than follow the prescribed path for arts organizations, Loco Bloco is celebrated for working with youth, 3-24,of all experiences and providing a platform for their expression.

 

WWW.LOCOBLOCO.ORG

LOCO BLOCO ON FACEBOOK

 

 


 

MCCLA

 

MCCLA's contingent presents contemporary fusion of Latino Caribbean movement fused with regaeton, a little Zumba (Brazillian-inspired movements) and cumbia. Their dance choreography is called SalsaZumbaton! Like MCCLA's mission, the contingent represents all Latino cultures and elements. Seasoned Zumba teacher Brenda Perdue will lead the contingent. Dance with their mascot, the MCCLA Jaguar, representing divinity and power in Mexico, Central and South America and all other places where the Jaguar roamed.

 

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission Street, San Francisco
www.missionculturalcenter.org

 

 


 

MUITO QUENTE!

 

Muito Quente! (Very Hot) Samba Performers was created out of the love Co-directors Cindy and Blanca have for Brazilian dance, music and culture. These friends have been principal dancers with some of the Bay Area’s top Samba and Mambo groups and are grateful to their many and varied dance instructors who have inspired, influenced and helped foster their love for this wonderful dance style.

 

HOW TO REACH MUITO QUENTE:

Email: CINDYSAMBISTA@YAHOO.COM

Or Email: BLANCALONGORIA@MAIL.COM

MUITOQUENTE–SF.COM

 

 


 

SAMBA DO CORACAO

 

Samba do Coracao invites dancers, youth, revelers and volunteers to parade with us in costume—Brazilian Style!

 

Mary Dollar, Artistic Director of Samba do Coraçao, is a master instructor of Brazilian dance. With over 20 years of professional dancing and teaching experience, she has studied with master teachers in Brazil and USA and has performed nationally and internationally. Mary has received numerous awards over the years for her choreography, visuals and costume design, including "Carnaval SF Grand Champion", "Best Brazilian Group " and the "Special Achievement Award" for her service/contributions to the SF Carnaval community.

 

HOW TO REACH SAMBA DO CORACAO:

Email: MARYDOLLAR@AOL.COM

www.sambadocoracao.com

Tel: 415–509–7854

 

 


 

SAMBAFUNK!

 

SambaFunk! is Bay Area born - Oakland expression of Brasilan dance with a African center, Latin flava, Caribbean Groove and Funk appeal....

 

A very unique but grounded dance experience, a dance experience filled with luv, commitment, culture, connection, compassion, community and historic relevance.

 

Open to all levels. Technical dancers welcomed - Good introductions to Samba fundamentals for all dance backgrounds.

 

CLASSES:
SambaFunk! Sundays #sambachurch
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
Oakland, Ca / Studio A / 2nd floor
4pm - 6pm / $12 per session / Drops in welcome
All levels - All ages

Additional dance instruction:
Mondays @ African American Cultural Complex
672 Fulton St / San Francisco
6pm - 7:30pm

Wednesdays Destiny Arts Center
970 Grace st / North Oakland
6:30pm - 7:30pm

 

HOW TO REACH SAMBAFUNK!

Email: SAMBAFUNK@GMAIL.COM

Website: SAMBAFUNK.COM

SambaChurch Facebook Event Page

SambaFunk! Facebook Page

Tel: 510–451–6100

 

 


 

SAMBAXE

 

Calling all dancers and drummers! All levels welcome! We invite you to join the Sambaxé Parade Contingent!

Sambaxé Dance is a Brazilian inspired dance performance and community group, based in the heart of the Mission District, dedicated to spreading joy and multi-culturalism throughout the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. We focus on all styles of Brazilian dance including Samba No Pé, Samba Reggae, Axé, Frevo and more! Not a dancer, but love the beat of the drum? Join our bateria and learn percussion. Our bateria is the heartbeat of the dancers!

 

Come celebrate "Axé" or "life energy" as we dance our way through San Francisco's historic Carnaval parade! Dance is a celebration of life!

 

DATES OF CLASSES:

All classes and rehearsals are at ODC Dance Commons located on 351 Shotwell St., San Francisco

 

Carnaval Rehearsals (Dance & Drumming workshops): Sundays 11:15am-1:15pm

 

Regular classes:

Women's Drumming: Wednesdays 7:15-8:30pm

Intermediate Samba: Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm

Beginner Samba: Fridays 6:00-7:15pm

 

HOW TO REACH SAMBAXE:

Email: SAMBAXEDANCE@GMAIL.COM

Website: SAMBAXEDANCE.COM

Facebook: SAMBAXE Facebook Page

 

 


 

SISTAS–WIT–STYLE

 

Sistas–Wit–Style is a Caribbean Folk Performing Dance Company founded by three young ladies; Merissa Lyons (CEO), Valencia Newton (COO), and Kianna Rachal (CFO) and is managed by Annabelle Goodridge. We are Oakland–based and plan to teach, promote, and sprad the Caribbean culture throughout the Bay Area. We are dedicat4ed to providing youth, teens, and adults with cultural experience that enables them to make a difference through dance. We are available for bookings.

 

INQUIRIES: SISTAS_WIT_STYLE@YAHOO.COM

 

 


 

TAMBORES JULIO REMELEXO & GINGA BRASIL

 

INQUIRIES: TAMBORESREMELEXO@YAHOO.COM
Call Ashlee or Julia at 510–528-1958

 

 

 


 


 

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