From the Nicholas Brothers to Gregory Hines, Savion Glover to the Alvin Ailey dancers, some of the worlds most influential hoofers are of African descent. The origins of their incredible movements can be traced back to their motherland, where tribal dances are performed in traditional ceremonies to this day. There are defensive moves called warrior dances, customary steps performed in coming of age ceremonies, and at weddings many Africans still engage in beautifully expressive dances of love. The culture lovers at the Jakmel Art Gallery host a weekly African dance class, taught by accomplished instructor Shedia Asiya Nelson. Nelson is versed in West African and Congolese dance and is a member of several local troupes, including the Delou Africa Dance Ensemble and Venus Rising. She will incorporate basic moves into this inspiring weekly session, which is open to students of all levels of expertise. Dance to the beat of a live drummer among the bright, ethnically savvy artworks by gallery owner Jude Papaloko tonight from 7:00 to 8:00. Admission is $10 for a single class or $60 for seven classes. Call 786-312-5947, or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tue., April 25