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DANCE + PERCUSSION w/Andrea E. Woods Valdes
Diaspora Dance Series Price: $15

Dance and Percussion class, Andrea E. Woods Valdés –  a modern based dance class that incorporates movement and playing percussion (shekere and clavé) while learning basic percussion rhythms. We dance while playing the rhythms and also accompany one another.  Dancers become musicians so that  we “Make a joyful noise” together. Shekeres provided. No musical experience necessary. 

About Andrea

Andrea E. Woods Valdés is an Associate Professor at Duke University teaching modern dance and dance for the camera. Her company, SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers, recently celebrated 20 years of dancing and dancemaking. Previous resident of Brooklyn, NY, and native of Philadelphia, Woods has danced with Clive Thompson, Mafata, Saeko Ichinohe and Leni Wylliams dance companies. She is a former dancer/rehearsal director of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. and has a BFA from Adelphi University, an MFA in dance from Ohio State and an MAH in Caribbean Cultural Studies from SUNY Buffalo.   Woods uses dance as contemporary folklore with a creative process strongly linked to identity and representation. Her areas of interest include women in the arts, Afro-Cuban dance/music, African Diaspora history/culture and Dance for the Camera. Her research interest is in  exploring the intra-cultural, interdisciplinary dialogues and activities that happen between Black women artists beyond the boundaries of nation and politics.


The Diaspora Dance series offers the public access to an array of Caribbean Dance forms and fitness styles. These workshops range from Guyana to Cuba, back to Brazil and many more. Keep an eye out for these Thursday classes at 6:30-7:45pm beginning April 13, 2017.

  • May 11th – GUYANA MASQUERADE: Rosalind October-Edun
  • May 25th – DANCE + PERCUSSION: Andrea E. Woods Valdes
  • June 1st – LATIN SOCIAL DANCE PARTNERING: Beatrice Capote and Miguel Aparicio
  • June 8th – DANCEHALL ROOTS: Chris Walker
  • June 15 – SAMBA-AFRO: Joya Powell
  • June 22 – DCC Danceathon + Season Closing Party with Candace Thompson and Yaminah Legohn


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Venue Details
Address210 Lafayette Avenue
CountryUnited States
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Brooklyn Studios for Dance