CULTURAL ARTS EDUCATION

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

 


 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO POSTER COMPETITION WINNERS

 

Paloma Munoz, age 8, and Jazmine Guzman, age 12, from Buena Vista Horace Mann have been named the winners in the Carnaval 2017 Poster Competition depicting our theme, El Corazón de San Pancho / The Heart of San Francisco. Congratulations Paloma and Jazmine!

 

 

 


 

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 SAMBA RIO
LOCO BLOCO
MARACATU PACIFICO
MCCLA
MOVING BEYOND PRODUCTIONS
MIXTISO
PAIXAO & MUITO QUENTE
PROYECCION FOLKLORICA GUATEMALTECA XELAJU
SAMBAFUNK!
SISTAS–WIT–STYLE
VALVERDE DANCE THEATRE
WORKOUT TEMPS

 

 

AQUARELA BRAZILIAN DANCE ENSEMBLE

 

 

AQUARELA ON FACEBOOK

WWW.AQUARELA-SAMBA.COM

 

 


 

BOLIVIA CORAZON DE AMERICA

 

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

 

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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.

 

REHEARSALS:
The last day to join is April 25, 2017
All rehearsals are at Horace Mann School.
Registration fee is $25 including a costume or T-shirt for children and adults.
Rehearsals are free.

 

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

 

 


 

DIASPORA MASQUERADE BAND

 

Our theme this year is the Goddess Ma’at, Goddess of Justice. Our costume colors will represent Egyptian royalty at her court in shimmering gold, iridescent blue and deep purple against a backdrop of onyx black. This court is in session to celebrate diversity and justice at the heart of the Bay!

 

Our road mix: Soca, Afrobeat and fusions of EDM, hip hop and R&B. Live performance by Empress Freedom on the DMB float!

 

We welcome adult dancers, drummers and bicyclists and can modify choreography and costumes to accommodate seniors and the disabled.

 

REHEARSAL INFORMATION:
Thursday 7:30-8:30 
Saturday 11:30-12:30
Crossfit San Leandro
2450 Alvarado St.
San Leandro, CA 94577

Cost: Rehearsals are free of charge and are not required to parade.

 

Costumes: 
T shirt section $50
Men’s costume $75
Midline-Ma’at’s court $350
Frontline-Ma’at’s court $470

*We need 10 volunteers who will get a free costume and teeshirt!

 

CONTACT: Kaye Sweat or Alonna Blackburn:
PHONE: 510-934-5917
EMAIL: Maswithus@gmail.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 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.

 

Come see us at our Pre-Carnaval Party in Oakland on April 23! Information at: www.facebook.com/events/1513715538661419

 

 


 

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 St.
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)

 

Deadline to join is 5/1/17

 

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 St.
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!

 

Costumes designed by Mario Chacon will cost around $50.

 

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.

 

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

 

 


 

PAIXAO & MUITO QUENTE

 

Paixao has been dancing in Carnaval since 2005. This year we will be featuring Muito Quente on our float. Both groups will be bringing together the rhythms of Samba and Samba Reggae.

 

Our theme is New Beginnings and our costumes will be white and silver.  We welcome dancers of all ages and skill levels and can modify choreography to accommodate elders, children or the disabled.

 

REHEARSAL INFORMATION:
Sundays 4:15 – 5:30
Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet studio
26 7th St. 
5th Floor
SF, CA 94103

 

Registration fee is $30 for adults / free for children.
Rehearsals for adults: $10
Rehearsals for children: $5
Costumes will be approximately $100 for adults.

 

CONTACT: Norma Talmadge
PHONE: (415) 606-3332
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/paixao14

 

 


 

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

 

 


 

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.

 

Costumes for 2017 are based on XIX century drawings from European travelers who visited the Lake Titicaca area.  Men will wear feathered headdresses, ponchos and traditional faldillas (skirts) Female costumes include polleras (skirts), woven shawls and flowered hats.

 

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

 

No new members accepted after May 1, 2017

 

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

 

 


 


 

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