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
BUENA VISTA HORACE MANN K-8
DIASPORA MASQUERADE BAND
FELINE FINESSE
GRUPO REUNIAO DA VELHA GUARDA
GRUPO SAMBA RIO
LA CUMBIAMBA COLOMBIANA
LOCO BLOCO
MARACATU PACIFICO
MCCLA
MOVING BEYOND PRODUCTIONS
MIXTISO
MUITO QUENTE
PROYECCION FOLKLORICA GUATEMALTECA XELAJU
SAMBAFUNK!
SISTAS–WIT–STYLE
TRASH MASH-UP
UNITED RHYTHMS
VALVERDE DANCE THEATRE
WORKOUT TEMPS

 

 

AQUARELA BRAZILIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE

 

 

EMAIL: aquarelabraziliandance@gmail.com

FACEBOOK: AQUARELA ON FACEBOOK

WEBSITE: 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

 

 


 

BUENA VISTA HORACE MANN K-8

 

Horace Mann School has been dancing in the parade for 30 years with new choreography, costumes and a float each year. We have a mixture of live and recorded Latin rhythms and an original dance especially for the parade.

 

We welcome Horace Mann students and alumni to join as well as their parents and teachers.

 

Contact Bob Armstrong, BVHM Art Coordinator
Email: strongarm_art@hotmail.com
Phone: (415) 515-8815

 

 


 

DIASPORA MASQUERADE BAND

FULFILL your deeply rooted longing and insatiable desire to dance and celebrate life with a wildness you once only associated with youth! IT'S SF CARNAVAL TIME AGAIN! Every year, across the globe, various cultures host Carnival celebrations. The Diaspora Masquerade Band is proud to participate in the beautiful tradition of San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade! Join us! All are welcome! No dance experience necessary! DMB will introduce you to the fun, revelry, music and dance of carnival!

 

2018 Mas Band Dance Sessions held Sundays at Reginna's Dancing Angels studio:
2:30pm-4:00pm, 555 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA 94577. (Additional rehearsals in SF, Sacramento and LA)

 

Deadline to order costumes: May 1st
Events pre & post Carnaval local, domestic and international travel! Contact us for details!

 

EMAIL: Maswithus@gmail.com
WEBSITE: www.thediasporamasband.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:
EMAIL: felinefinesse.dance@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/swagNtoes

 

 


 

GRUPO REUNIAO DA VELHA GUARDA (Reunion of The Old Guard)

 

We are forming a group of old-time carnavalescos to parade in this year’s 40th anniversary celebration. We are seeking long-time participants and are especially interested in enticing back people who haven’t been parading recently. All dancers and drummers are welcome and we are particularly interested in enrolling former contingent leaders and former kings & queens. This group will be an opportunity to celebrate and honor those of us who have been in the parade since the early years and who are part of it’s history.

 

Ruben Texador of Oya Nike has agreed to host us and is doing us the honor of letting us lead off his contingent. We will be an independent group with complete autonomy, but will benefit from their infrastructure. This will be a minimum fuss/minimum stress experience: Dancers and Drummers from all traditions are welcome—African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Latin American. Make a costume (we can help), wear an old one that you love or we should be able to provide a simple costume at cost. We will be deciding on colors soon. No choreography—we’ll be free-styling, unless you love doing a routine, in which case, we’ll put you in touch with like minded folks so you can organize yourselves.

 

Disability is not a barrier. We will have several seats on Ruben’s truck available to our members, but be sure to let us know so we can reserve you a spot. There will be no class fees. If minor expenses arise, we may have a very small registration fee, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

 

Please pass this on. We’re counting on the parade grapevine to help us recruit.

 

CONTACT: Lisa Leighton at lisaleighton1@yahoo.com or Jan McDermott at janosanfran@gmail.com
FACEBOOK: Group Reuniao da Vehla Guarda

 

 


 

GRUPO SAMBA RIO

 

Grupo Samba Rio celebrates the style of the Carnaval parade groups of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The core of Grupo Samba Rio is the drum bateria, led by master Brazilian percussionist Jorge Alabe and bringing the authentic samba rhythms to the streets of San Francisco in a 50-piece drum ensemble. Our group has participated in the SF Carnaval parade since 2006.

 

We are partnering this year with California Brazil Camp, with the theme "Celebration of 20 Years of California Brazil Camp," honoring this great resource for Brazilian music and dance education. (More about the camp at www.calbrazilcamp.org)

 

Bateria classes: Sundays 5:30-7:30 pm led by Jorge Alabe ($20/class); at FICA Oakland, 2513 Magnolia St, Oakland. New drummers with playing experience are invited to join; participation in the parade depends on attending weekly classes Apr-May. Get in touch as soon as possible for more details about Carnaval participation; email deborah@gruposambario.com

 

Sandy Del Rio, creative and dance director for the parade contingent, is leading several dance sections or "alas" in the playful and colorful spirit of Carnaval in Rio, under the title "BOOM! A Cultural Explosion of Music and Love" and open to dancers of all levels to join. See photos and more details posted on our facebook page, www.facebook.com/sambario, and contact Sandy for more information at sandysfcarnaval@yahoo.com

 

Our contingent also features sparkling passista dancers led by Maisa Duke of Energia do Samba, with spectacular feathered costumes. To join her dance section for the parade, email energiadosamba@gmail.com to find out more about requirements and costs. Maisa also leads samba dance classes on Sundays, 6:00-7:30 pm, running concurrently with the bateria class at FICA Oakland.

 

 


 

LA CUMBIAMBA COLOMBIANA

La Cumbiamba Colombiana, has participated in Carnaval San Francisco for several years showcasing Colombian folklore, culture, and traditions earning significant awards such as: "Artistic Spirit Award," "Third Place as Best Overall Comparsa," and "First Place as Best Traditional/Folkloric Category." We always welcome new and/or experienced dancers, parade monitors, children and adults. No prior experience in Carnaval is needed. All ages and all nationalities are welcome to join us.

 

Follow Us On Facebook:
La Cumbiamba Colombiana Facebook Page

Website:
www.lacumbiambacolombiana.com

Email:
info@lacumbiambacolombiana.com

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

 


 

MARACATU PACIFICO

Maracatu is a music and dance form indigenous to Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil in a celebration unique to the African diaspora.  For 2017, Maracatu Pacifico will portray a traditional Maracatu Reis do Congo procession with coronation of the King and Queen. We welcome dancers 16 or older interested in learning about Maracatu. 

 

REHEARSALS:
Tuesday from 7:30-9:00
FICA (2513 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA)
Cost for rehearsals: $5 each

 

Saturday from 2:30-3:30 pm 
Brasarte (1901 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA)
Cost of rehearsal: $10 

 

Women wear colorful Maracatu skirts and blue crowns and men wear white pants and colorful shirts.
Costume rental is $30 ($20 refunded when returned)

 

Contact: elisachaveslc@gmail.com

 

 


 

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

 

 


 

MIXTISO

 

Mixtiso Latino Indio-Afro-Mexican-Salvadorano Ubano Hip hop dance company

 

Mixtiso has been in the parade since 1999 dancing to a combination of live drumming and recorded music that mixes salsa suelta, hip hop, rumba, cumbia, a bit of samba, bachata and danza azteca. The group has 50-80 dancers and drummers. Youth 7 and above and adults are welcome and we can modify choreography to accommodate elders and the disabled.

 

REHEARSALS:
For children, Fridays at 5:15
For Youth and Adults, Fridays at 6:20
All rehearsals cost $10
Mission Cultural Center
2868 Mission Street, SF, CA 94110

 

Registration cost: $20 for adults, $15 for youths, $10 for children.

 

Costumes are $100 and up for adults, $85 and up for youth, $75 and up for children.

 

You must attend rehearsals for all of April and May to parade.
We do have a spirit/teeshirt section. The last time to join is April 21st.

 

Contact Vanessa through our Facebook Page.

 

 


 

MOVING BEYOND PRODUCTIONS

 

Moving Beyond has been in Carnaval since 2010 dancing to a combination of Hip Hop, Bangra, Salsa, Arabic and Chinese music.  Our theme this year is Bridges Not Walls.

 

We welcome children 3rd grade and up as well as adults to lead and are more than willing to modify choreography and costumes to accommodate elders or the disabled.  People who want to do something special are welcome to contact us.

 

Cost of rehearsal is on a sliding scale from $0-$210. First class is free so come try us out!
We are dedicated to the idea that anyone should be able to dance in the parade so no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

 

Costumes designed by Mario Chacon will cost around $50.

 

Contact Rebecca or just come to a rehearsal.
Email: rebecca@movingbeyondproductions.org
Phone: (415) 310-2465

 

 


 

MUITO QUENTE SAMBA PERFORMERS

 

Muito Quente! has been dancing in Carnaval SF since 2012. This year we will be celebrating the diversity of our beautiful dancers and how their roots bring Muito Quente alive! Our diverse backgrounds and love for samba bring an eclectic spin to what we call “samba groves.” Come join Muito Quente! and bring out the best of YOU.

 

We welcome dancers of all skill levels and skaters.

 

REHEARSAL INFORMATION: www.muitoquente-sf.com/samba_classes
Sundays 5:30–7pm
City Dance Annex
1420 Harrison Blvd. SF, CA 94103

 

Wednesdays 8–9:15pm
JOGO NOVO
22540 Foothill Blvd. Hayward, CA

 

Dancer Registration fee is $40 and skaters is $25. After April 31st, registration fee increases.
Dancer costumes can range from approximately $150+
www.flickr.com/photos/81020461@N04/albums

 

CONTACT:
Cindy: (415) 244-5471 or CindySambista@yahoo.com
Blanca: BlancaLongoria@mail.com

 

 


 

Proyección Folklórica Guatemalteca Xelaju

 

PFGX has participated in Carnaval for 15 years, showcasing traditional Mayan folkloric dance to live marimbas and a decorated float.

 

We welcome new members and can accommodate those with special needs.

 

Participants wear authentic dress brought in from Guatemalan villages. The traditional clothing of the indigenous men of Guatemala is handwoven on a backstop loom with patterns that vary by region. Our moro's costumes are fully ornamented and colorful. Our women wear handwoven huipils which are uniquely decorated with designs and symbols, each with their own sacred meaning, and hand made skirts (cortes) which may be short or long depending on the region from whence they came.

 

Rehearsals are free.
Costumes available on loan.

 

CONTACT:
For more information about rehearsal time and location contact:
Oscar A Gonzales at armandopfgxelaju@yahoo.com
or Gloria G. at primavera7858@gmail.com

 

 


 

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

 

 


 

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 spread the Caribbean culture throughout the Bay Area. We are dedicated 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

 

 


 

TRASH MASH-UP

 

Ruth’s Table is partnering with Trash Mash Up on a series of eco-arts workshops where participants will construct original “Maskostumes” inspired by traditions from around the world.

 

Ruth's Table is a center for creative learning rooted in the life of artist Ruth Asawa. Our center offers an array of innovative and affordable workshops, from painting, drawing, textile to mixed-media art projects, and provides a platform for local artists to showcase their work. Trash Mash-Up is leading the visual presentation of the comparsa. Trash Mash-Up is a community art project. Using disposable materials, collected before they enter the waste stream, participants construct “Maskostumes” which are original pageant masks and costumes inspired by traditions from around the world.

 

We are excited to be a part of the community celebration and encourage you to participate in our intergenerational comparsa! The events are free and fun for the entire family to participate. Join in!

 

Workshop Dates:
April 14 at 2-4pm: Facebook page
May 5 at 2-4pm: Facebook page

 

Location: Ruth’s Table
3171 21st Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

 

Event Website: www.ruthstable.org/workshops.html

For more on Ruth’s Table, go to: www.ruthstable.org

From more on Trash Mash-Up, go to: www.trashmashup.org

 

 


 

UNITED RHYTHMS

 

United Rhythms San Francisco is an all-inclusive dance fitness group formed in 2016 by Health Realization Transformation, owned by Brenda Perdue, a born and raised San Franciscan and small-business owner. Brenda Perdue incorporates her educational background in criminal justice, case management, counseling, and legal training to provide self-healing and stress reduction through the art of fitness and dance. United Rhythms is proud to partner with Carnaval SF to celebrate the various dances and cultures from all over the world. This annual celebration gives our dancers the opportunity to reconnect and pay homage to our indigenous roots. United Rhythms dancers love being in Carnaval because of the bonds we form, the struggles we overcome together, and the empowerment we feel from dancing and performing. We help each other grow in various ways. For example, we allow dancers to take on the role of choreographers and instructors.

 

For 2018 United Rhythms San Francisco will present new music rhythms once again from all over the world with an emphasis on the depiction of traditional rhythms, emphasizing cultural pride and show our contemporary strength and pride through our dance form and technique. This year we will feature an West African Fusion by Brenda Perdue, Merengue from the Dominican Republic by Estefani Guerra and Axe from Brazil by Annette Luckette. Sometimes our choreography is created through our experiences of love and pain. San Francisco has many specific cultural opportunities to gain from, but United Rhythms enjoys offering them all to you in one place. The colors United Rhythms chooses reconnect today's world with our indigenous and mestizo roots giving us strength and pride in honoring our ancestors. We have always been colorful and as bright as neon to capture the attention of the crowd as we approach.

 

Join URSF Practices for SF Carnaval 2018 Season:
WEDNESDAY, 7:00-8:30 PM
Navarro’s, 960 Geneva Avenue, SF (Across the St from Little Caesars’ & Walgreens)
FRIDAY, 7:00-8:00 PM
Embarcadero Across Street from YMCA
SATURDAYS
June Jordan School for Equity, 325 La Grande Ave, SF CA
Stage Time Practice - SATURDAYS, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Class 3 Choreographers - SATURDAYS, 12:00-1:30 PM
SUNDAYS, 9-10:30AM
Outdoor Mansell Streetscape - MANSEL/VISITACION

 

ARE YOU READY?
United Rhythms is currently recruiting dancers of all ages, fitness and dance levels to join the fun! Practices are held Saturdays from 12:00-1:30 PM at June Jordan School for Equity. Plenty of parking and empty parking lot. We hope you will consider joining the United Rhythms Family.

 

HOW TO REACH URSF:

Email: UNITEDRHYTHMSSF@GMAIL.COM

Instagram: www.instagram.com/united.rhythms

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UNITEDRHYTHMSSF

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC-o3FRsRlK7rbt0PN5CYBIg

Phone: Brenda Perdue 415-756-4571

 

 


 

VALVERDE DANCE THEATRE

 

Indigenous music and dance of the Aymara Culture of the southern Andes. Participants play traditional panpipes and dance in a 2000 year old technique. The group currently includes 40 artists: 20 musician/dancers and 20 dancers. All ages and cultural backgrounds are welcome to join.

 

There is no cost to attend rehearsals, join in the parade or use a costume.

 

REHEARSALS:
Sundays at 6:30
Symbolic Dance and Fitness
672 South Van Ness Ave, SF, CA 94110

 

CONTACT: Luis Valverde

Email: ANDEANWORK@GMAIL.COM

Facebook: VALVERDE DANCE THEATRE Facebook Page

 

 


 

WORKOUT TEMPS

 

Come dance with us in Hercules!

 

REHEARSALS:
Saturdays 11:30am to 12:30pm
706 Alfred Noble Drive, Hercules, CA 94547

 

Registration fee: $15.00
Costumes range from $20–$150, depending on intricacy.

 

CONTACT: Nanette Vides

Phone: 510-220-2787

Website: www.workouttemps.com

 

 


 


 

THE DJ PROJECT