abunDANCE w/ Keo
Rooted in empowerment and gratitude, abunDANCE with Keo is a high energy dance class using various dance movements such as Hip-hop, Afro fusion, twerk, and other art forms to promote creativity, liberation and abundance. Creating spaces for authenticity, outrageousness and joy!
San Diego native, and Brooklyn transplant, Keomi Tarver is a dancer, writer, lover, teacher and friend. She began training at the age of 12, and is skilled in Modern, West African, Hip Hop, and Interpretive Dance. Throughout the last decade, Keomi has showcased her work on various stages and respected institutions including San Diego State University, Yale University, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and SummerStage. In 2010, while performing in “Hip Hop Saved My Life,” a celebration of Hip Hop through spoken word, dance, music and art, Keomi was inspired to continue the journey of combining spoken word and dance. In 2014, Keomi wrote, choreographed, and directed “Love & War.” Infused with dance and poetry, “Love & War” welcomed the vulnerability and work that love and war can bring to the surface, leaving us exposed and, eventually, free. Also in 2014, Keomidirected, produced, and starred in “Superpower,” a powerful video showing the power of choice. Inspiring our communities to be loving, courageous, and free.
Keomi is the Director and Choreographer of abunDANCE with Keo, where she uses movement, facilitation, workshops, and love to encourage her community to create, live, and love abundantly. She is known for her strong and unapologetic movements, her transparency, and her smile. Her purpose is to use her gift to remind others how valuable and beautiful they are. You can findKeomi teaching her students the elements of Hip Hop throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC, creating affirmations with her friends, and hugging her mother.
Ballet w/ Carol Lonnie
Enjoy learning ballet while developing confidence, mental concentration, physical coordination and grace. This class is for students who are new to ballet, students who want to dance, but never had the opportunity, and those who have danced before and want to begin again.
Jazz Dance w/ Carol Lonnie
This class focuses on body isolations, syncopated rhythms along with high level movements. Jazz dance provides the individual to interpret their own style and express their own individuality. Students learn technical exercises to improve full body fluidity by using locomotive movements and choreographic dance combinations.
Modern Dance w/ Carol Lonnie
This class is a Horton based technique modern dance class. The class focuses on flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. Students will learn locomotive movements and choreographic dance combinations. We will also do floor-work for core building, technical exercises to help improve full body fluidity. We will look at the elements of space, time, force and the means for freedom of expression.
A Principal Dancer with the Charles Moore Dance Theatre for more than twenty-five years, Ms. Lonnie also served as an Instructor for the Charles Moore Dance Center for Ethnic Studies and was the Artistic Director/Choreographer for the Charles Moore Youth Ensemble for over nineteen years.
Carol holds an MA from New York University’s School of Education, and a BFA from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. As a Dance Educator, Ms. Lonnie works for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in the following capacities: Director of Dance and Performing Arts Coordinator at Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented (I.S. 383), as well as Professional Development Facilitator for the DELTA Team which provides –Professional Development to Dance Educators City-Wide and has published Units of Study for the NYCDOE’S Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts/Dance. For the past five years she has been a Coach for the Artful Learning Communities, creating and researching assessment tools for the arts, where she has published several units and tools for dance education. She is a Mentor/Cooperating Teacher for Dance Education students from New York University and Hunter College.
Her extensive performing career includes working with numerous choreographers and dance companies notably: Whilemena Taylor, Walter Nicks, Pepsi Bethel and Alfred Gallman, Local Produce, Dance Africa, the New Music and Dance Ensemble in Pisa, Italy, Latoya Jackson, Battery Dance Company, John Parks Dance Ensemble, The Renaissance Festival, Kids Thirteen and the AUDELCO Awards, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Dreams Dance Ensemble, a Dance Consultant for NYC Housing Performing Arts Project.
Beginner Afro Cuban w/Maya Louisa
This class offers a rich taste of authentic AfroCuban culture and provides an amazing full body workout!. You will learn songs, rhythms, and dances of the Traditional Afro-Cuban Folklore.
Belly Dancehall w/Maya Louisa
Belly Dancehall is a fluid mix of North African Belly dance and Afro- Caribbean movement. It ignites rhythm and flexibility, improves posture and grace. Unique choreography that awakens joy and overall well being. Tones the abdominal region, firms thighs and glorious gluteus muscles.
Maya Louisa was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Maya began dancing at the age of three. Eventually training at the Alvin Ailey Junior Division School, she spent High School choreographing and performing to the music of her favorite artist, Aaliyah. Maya holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Dance from Howard University. While at Howard she joined Afro-Cuban dance company, Alafia and toured internationally including Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. She also spent a summer residency with Ballet Hispanico under the direction of Tina Ramirez. Maya holds a certificate of professional development and study from the Board of Education Dance institute based on the Katherine Dunham model. She frequently travels to Cuba to deepen her knowledge of Afro-Cuban dance studying with both Ballet Folklorico Cutumba of Santiago de Cuba, and Cojunto Folklorico Nacional of Havana, Cuba. Maya currently performs and choreographs in both New York City and Los Angeles.
Dancehall Fiyah w/ Jessica Phoenix
Dancehall..it's time to buss di dance and free up yaself in this raw energy, action packed dance class. Feels more like a party as the session organically moves through authentic Jamaican Dancehall steps, technique of the movement, songs, & history. Vibez. Feeling, and Flow is the key to learning this style. ..open to all!
Jessica Phoenix is the owner of FIYAH Productions, LLC which produces FIYAH! Dancehall Theater, a full theatrical performance featuring energetic Dancehall music, vibrant choreography, and moving storytelling! It premiered November 2013 at Roulette Theater in Brooklyn and received great reviews spawning a 2nd season that was staged in 2014. A third season is in the works with plans to begin touring in 2016.
As a blossoming choreographer, Jessica's first major work was for an MTV Networks National
commercial featuring International Artist K'Naan. Jessica has toured nationally with Universoul
Circus U.S. Tour 2009 & 2010 as well as King Michael International and National Tour, a live
Michael Jackson tribute show traveling to Canada, New York, & the West Coast. After a few
years of touring, Jessica landed a principle role in the first full production of iLuminate Dance
(America’s Got Talent Finalist) at Six Flags Over Georgia.
Jessica was introduced to dance at a very early age via Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop at Pizazz
Studio and Joyce LaVerne Dance School in Maryland. In high school, she joined the Eleanor
Roosevelt High Dance Company led by Maya Yamada. While studying at Howard University she
became a member of Urban Moves, later called X-Faction, a professional hip hop dance
company studying under Derek Brown and Cheryl Brown, the Directors who named her
Jessica's dance life and college education was abruptly stopped by a severe car accident in
2007. After a two year recovery period, this experience raised her level of intensity, passion, and
dedication to creating a life of joy. The name Phoenix meant more than ever. Jessica graduated
from Howard with a B.A. in Audio Production and moved to Atlanta to pursue her dance career.
Atlanta became the seed for the early stages of FIYAH working with Cici Kelley, Quincy Lamar,
Rikki McKinney at Gotta Dance Atlanta. Frequenting clubs, dance competitions, and performing
with artists like Verse Simmonds, her love for Dancehall grew. Jessica was the first to bring a
popular weekly authentic Dancehall class to Gotta Dance Atlanta and caught attention of
Kingston, Jamaica’s DanceJA owner, Latonya Style. Jessica soon formed Fiyah Squad in
Atlanta, an all female performance group that helped to bring authentic Dancehall to the
mainstream dance scene.
Jessica remains close to Dancehall’s home in Jamaica by making annual trips to the island for
continued inspiration. While in JA, she studies and connects with veteran and young Jamaican
dancers. In 2013, Jessica was the only American guest instructor teaching at the International
Dancehall Homecoming Event and competed, landing 3rd place in the first-ever International
Dancehall Championships held in Kingston, Jamaica.
Now living in NYC, Phoenix is currently a Dancehall and Dance Fitness Instructor at Broadway
Dance Center, Breakin Boundaries, and Gymstars in Brooklyn. Jessica is still an active
company member with iLuminate, highlighting her recent performances in Mexico City, Obama’s
Presidential Inauguration, and Magic TV in Paris. Jessica is very excited and thankful for the
opportunity to join Latonya Styles’ Dance JA teaching roster and has partnerd with new FIYAH!
Brand Manager, Lady Sol Inc. Both entities will help bring FIYAH! worldwide for 2015 and
Haitian Dance w/Peniel Guerrier
Haiti, the second independent republic in the Americas, partakes of three cultural sources: African, American, and European. The dances and culture of Haiti have been extremely important in the development of American dance, thanks to the pioneering work of Katherine Dunham. Peniel Guerrier draws on his extensive knowledge of Haitian folkloric dance to create original combinations within the different traditional Haitian rhythms. His dances enhance the energy and flow of traditional forms with beautiful, vivid body shapes.
Peniel Guerrier has been studying Haitian folkloric dance and music for the past 25 years. He began instruction under one of the most prestigious Haitian folkloric dance teachers, Herve Maxi. He has subsequently performed with the National Dance Theatre of Haiti and Baccoulou Dance Company for eight years, touring worldwide to places such as Venezuela, Paris, Hungary, Japan, Montreal, Germany, and Santo Domingo. While living in Haiti, in addition to performing, Peniel taught at the National Dance Theatre and ENARTS, two of the foremost dance and music centers in Port au Prince.
Peniel moved to New York City in pursuit of his dream of promoting and preserving Haitian folkloric culture. He draws on his extensive knowledge of Haitian folkloric dance and music to engage a diverse range of communities in learning about Haitian folkloric culture. As a dance teacher he is appreciated for his attention to detail, and unwavering confidence in every student. As a performer, he is famous for the energy and originality he injects into traditional dance forms, bringing audiences to their feet at every performance.
Peniel teaches regularly at the Djoniba Dance and Drum Center (Peridance), and PMT dance studio. He has been a guest teacher at Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Greenfield Community College, Amherst College, Wellesley College, and Brown University. He travels regularly throughout the country to give workshops and lectures on Haitian folkloric dance and culture, at venues such as the New Orleans Dance Festival. Peniel and his students also perform throughout the year at venues such as the Alvin Ailey Dance Center and the Brooklyn Museum. Peniel is extremely interested in reaching marginalized communities through Haitian dance, and as such has held successful workshops with people with disabilities, older populations, incarcerated peoples, etc. Peniel has been featured in a variety of media, most recently WPIX 11, the Bomb magazine, New York Seikatsu, Daily News, NYU Washington Square News, Haiti Exchange Newsletter, Variation News (CT) and Alter Press Lincoln Center.
Just Dance w/Cassandra Nuamah
Come ready to dance! Cassandra Nuamah brings the fire each week in this high energy cardio dance class. She chooses a style from the popular monthly workshops she teaches at the studio, so you never know what you're in for. It could be Kukuwa, House & Funk, or Soca & Dancehall. You'll have to come to find out! Either way it's tons of fun & highly effective. Come check it out!
Cassandra Nuamah, aka "Coach Cass" is danceaholic, travelista and fitness fanatic that makes healthy living and positive energy contagious. She's a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and health and wellness coach. After losing 50 pounds and transforming her lifestyle, her mission is to help individuals, groups and organizations live happier and healthier lives. She believes that in order for us to be successful, make money, and network, we have to be well. Our health physically, mentality and spiritually is so important for our growth and stability. She has given a variety of wellness seminars, group fitness classes and workshops on the topics of healthy living, positive thinking, de-stressing, time management and fit body strategy to numerous organizations and groups all over the world.