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SAMBA-AFRO: Joya Powell
Diaspora Dance Series Price: $15

Samba Afro is a popular lively dance form created by Afro-Brazilian Carnaval Groups of Bahia, Brazil. Learn about the evolution of this dance form: from the Orixás (deities) of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé to the contemporary Samba Afro vernacular. Participants will gain a kinesthetic understanding of the movement techniques, the historical/cultural/societal significance of these dances, as well as experience performance techniques for approaching the details and nuances of this dance form.

About Joya:
A native New Yorker, Joya Powell received her M.A. in Dance Education from New York University, and her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Creative Writing from Columbia University. Throughout her career she has danced with choreographers such as Neta Pulvermacher, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Katiti King, Donlin Foreman and Paco Gomes. Ms. Powell is currently an Adjunct Lecturer of Dance at SUNY Old Westbury. As Artistic Director/Choreographer of Movement of the People Dance Company she is dedicated to connecting cultures, creating socially conscious choreography and finding ways for underserved communities to use dance as a means for self empowerment. www.movementofthepeopledance.com

The Diaspora Dance series offers the public access to an array of Caribbean Dance forms and fitness styles. These workshops $15 each, 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