Friday, November 22nd
At the Door: $40
To purchase tickets, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8824565513
About the Event
A two-hour dance fundraising marathon where you will follow along Bay Area top choreographers and instructors ranging from Afro-Peruvian, Afro-Brazilian, Salsa, Jazz, West-African, and more! 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
About the Instructors
Barberia was born listening to the music of his father, Luis Barberia, singer of the famous Orquesta Jorrin (the creator of the ChaChaCha). As a graduate from the National School of Art (Escuela Nacional de Artes or ENA), Erick has an extensive career as a dancer, actor, percussionist and singer. He has worked with renowned artists including Papo Angarica, Jesus Diaz, Sandy Perez, Rebeca Mauleon, Pepito Gomez, Jose Francisco Barroso, Susana Arenas, among many others. In 2006, he had the honor to record in Cuba with great Chucho Valdez, creator of Irakere. Erick performs and teaches Afro-Cuban Folkloric and Popular (salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha) dance, song and percussion throughout the Bay Area.
Felice is a dancer, marital artist, and instructor who lives to share her love of movement. She has studied Brazilian dance and capoeira for over a decade both in Brazil and with various teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed with various San Francisco-based dance companies including Tania Santiago’s Aguas da Bahia, Paco Gomes & Dancers, Ginga Brasil, and Capacitor Modern Dance Company. She currently performs with Cuban dance company, Las Que Son Son under the direction of Yismari Ramos Tellez. Through her work with these companies, Felice has performed live in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and World Arts West's People Like me production, as well as with recording artists Olodum, Michael Franti, Bobi Cespedes, Gamo de Paz, Dos Four, and Michael Spiro. In addition to dancing, Felice is a mother of two, an academic librarian, and a Zumba instructor in the Bay Area.
Chrissy has been teaching health and wellness over 28 years starting as an adolescent, teaching aerobics at Health Clubs, Parks and Recreation Departments, Dance Studios and Swim & Tennis Clubs. She was a Raiderette, owned her own aerobics studio in the 90’s in San Bruno and a Pilates studio in Sacramento 2000-2004.
Chrissy took a break from teaching to focus on a jazz dance career, when a car accident brought her back to Pilates as a rehab modality. She became a Dance Medicine Specialist in the Sports Medicine Facility at Saint Francis Hospital, SF in 1999.
“Having a love for music and making people smile has brought me so much joy in this industry over the years, and now I am back teaching group fitness and private Pilates.”
Yismari Ramos Tellez
Ramos is a graduate of the National School of Art in Havana with a degree in modern and Afro-Cuban folkloric dance. For six years, Ramos danced with the Tony Melenedez Dance Company in Cuba and later for the Ballet de la Televisión Cubana in Havana. She regularly performed on television, in video, and in live shows for the top bands in Cuba. Ramos also performed son, mambo, cha-cha-cha and salsa with the renowned Lady Salsa, a group she toured with in Italy, Russia, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ecuador, Canada and Panama. Ramos is also the artistic director, choreographer and soloist of Las Que Son Son, a Cuban-inspired dance company based in San Francisco.
Talented Peta Robles is one of the few most amazing female percussionists of Peru. She was born in Lima, Peru in a family of musicians where she began to play cajón and other instruments since she was a child. As a young adult, she became the national Champion of Female Percussionists in Peru. She has travelled through Europe, North and South America as an ambassador of afro Peruvian music.
Peta currently teaches in the Bay Area and plays as an active member with De Rompe y Raja cultural Association (Afro-Peruvian Music and Dance Ensemble 1995) and works incredibly imaginative to create music with non- conventional instruments.
She has an exceptional charisma and patience teaching to percussion to children and works closely with a group of low income families in the community Peta says “ I like every minute that I play cajón; I like to share and give the world what I know.”
Gabriela is the current Artistic Director of "De Rompe y Raja" Cultural Association devoted to preserving afro-Peruvian traditions. She has 15 years of experience teaching Afro-Peruvian dance and researching the African Diaspora music and dance legacy around the world. Her classes and educational workshops include universities, schools, Colleges and Cultural Centers in Ghana, Togo, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and USA.
Gabriela was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Chorrillos district, one of the last black communities in Lima. There is where Gabriela's interest and passion for the folklore of African roots was born. After years of constant and professional development in the Arts, Gabriela came to the United States in 1989.She graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor degree in Creative Arts from SJSU. Gabriela majored in African influences in Latin America. She traveled and did research and fieldwork in West African countries (Ghana & Togo) and Latin American Countries (Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay & Peru).
Gabriela has been honored many times by the Peruvian Consulate and Peruvian institutions who admire and support her work and determination in promoting Peruvian folklore. She has received many awards from Peruvian Dance Contests among the United States, has been invited to teach & perform in SJSU, Stanford University, SFSU, Tallahassee (Florida), Chicago University, New Jersey, LA, Miami and has coordinated workshops in Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Ghana (Kopeyia Bloomfield School with professor Royal Hartigan), currently is working on her new production Diaspora Negra CD Afro-Peruvian music with master artists from Peru, and trying to create an integrated Peruvian Festival, a Latin American program to unite Latin Americans. For the past 2 decades Gabriela has devoted her life to promoting and teaching Peruvian folklore of African origin.
Jenny Lucero Rivera (A.K.A Yeni Lucero)
Yeni was born in the small town of Chalchuapa, coming to the Bay Area later in life, she began her training in West African dance at the age of 15, and soon pursued a more versatile training at San Francisco State University, in which she obtained a BA in Dance and Choreography. Ms. Lucero also had the opportunity to extend her training at the Alvin Ailey School during the summer of 2006. She has performed work by Diamanou Coura/West African Dance Company, Paco Gomes, Annie Rosenthal, Jacinta Vlach, Robert Moses'Kin, and Ron K. Brown. Most recently Lucero was invited to present a solo for the Artists of the Voices of Strength Salon YBCA Oct 2012. In addition Ms. Lucero was also invited to teach West African Funk master class in the African Diaspora derived series 50Cent Tabernacle YBCA youth at work in San Francisco Oct 2012. Congo SQ West Kinship Society of Oakland CA, also recognized Lucero's leadership and was honored in teaching a master class for UNITY dance day. Ms. Lucero has taught at Lines Ballet/SFDC, teaching intermediate Afro-Modern and now teaches the Zumba Fitness program, West African Funk and Hip-Hop for Kids. In addition, she has also taught Hip-Hop/Dance Theater and Latino Fusion Dance at Fremont and McClymonds High Schools. Lucero has also been a guest choreographer for Diamano Coura, West African Dance Company presenting "Bittersweet" and also had the privilege to be one out of the two instructors of flying yoga to help win, Best of the East Bay 2011 award for "Best Hybrid Exercise--Zumba fitness at flying yoga". Ms. Lucero is proud to be part of the instructor team at Flying-Yoga, San Francisco Dance Mission, Bay Functional Fitness, SF Fitness and also a dance teacher at Berkeley Arts Magnet, Head Royce Private School (After School Programs) & Sonoma State University, Department of Theater & Dance, teaching Jazz dance. Most recently Lucero was invited to teach contemporary technique and choreography to local Dance professionals and Choreographers in Mozambique Africa, with the honor to have trained and put work on the National Dance Company.