Afro-Brazilian Dance Class
with Felice Gomez
Saturday, April 20th 3:00-4:30pm
In this high energy class you will explore both traditional and popular dances of Bahia, Brazil that combine the rhythms and movements from the broad range of cultural influences that make up modern Brazil. This choreography-based class is designed for all-levels and will feature Afro-Brazilian dance, samba reggae, and samba de roda.
The Afro-Brazilian section of the class will feature movements from maculelê, a warrior-inspired dance traditionally danced with sticks or machetes, orixa movement, which is inspired by the deities in Yoruba mythology, and modern dance.
Samba Reggae is a percussive musical style fusing samba with reggae rhythms as well as an energetic and lighthearted street dance often danced during Carnaval.
Samba de Roda is a style of samba danced in a “roda” or circle. The dance incorporates fast percussive footwork, sensual hip movement, and playful accents.
About the Instructor
Felice Gomez-Spencer 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.