After-School Dance Classes
Spring 2016 - Haitan Folkloric Dance - Portsha Jefferson
Engaging and spirited, Afro-Haitian folk dances such as the Ra-Ra and Ibo dances embody community celebration. As students learn the traditional dances of this culture, they will easily recognize the steps that inspire contemporary jazz today. Portsha Jefferson brings her wealth of performance experience, 10-years of teaching Haitian dance to Bay Area students, and passion for youth development to some of our most in-demand classes.
Mondays, 4:30 - 6 pm
Dates: April 9 - June 13, 2016
no class on Memorial Day, May 30
at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Center
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Winter 2016 - Haitian Folkloric Dance - Portsha Jefferson
Show on March 14 at 5:30 pm!
January 11 - March 14, 2016
Fall 2015 - Haitian Folkloric Dance - Portsha Jefferson
October 12- December 14 2016
Video from the Fall 2015 Haitian Dance Class performance
Spring, 2015 - Kalaripayattu with Kamala Devam
Kamala Devam will be teaching an exciting martial art form from the South Indian state of Kerala called "Kalaripayattu". This martial art is little-known in the Bay Area and is claimed to be the mother of all others including karate and kung fu, brought from India to other parts of Asia by Buddhist monks in the 4th century. Often called "Kalari" for short, this movement language is similar to dancing in its beauty and athleticism, incorporating the fighting actions of animals found in Indian jungles and moving in graceful, circular motions between fantastic kicks and flying jumps. Students will become stronger, more flexible and have fun learning a completely new way of moving!
March 16 through April 27, 2015
Winter, 2015 - Haitian Folkloric Dance with Portsha Jefferson!
Engaging and spirited, Haitian folk dances embody a rich tradition and sense of pride. Students are introduced to traditional folkloric dances, customs, Creole songs and phrases.
Portsha Jefferson brings her wealth of performance experience, 15 years of teaching Haitian dance to Bay Area students, and a passion for youth development to one of DanceVersity’s most in-demand classes.
- January 5 through March 9, 2015
Video from the Winter 2015 Performance of La Syrene, composed and choreographed by Portsha Jefferson:
Bollywood dance, from Indian film dance, combines many forms of dance; Classical Indian, Jazz, Hip Hop, and contemporary.
The dances tell stories that range from a child’s favorite games to the greatest love stories.
Bollywood dance is filled with characters, colorful costumes, and pure joy. It is a rhythmic and celebratory dance that mixes the physicality of hip hop/funk with the soul of the ancient tradition of India. In these classes learn the basic Eastern rhythms and upbeat, energetic movements that make up Bollywood dance.
Instructor Isabella Qureshi was born and raised in a saturation of Indian music & dance with her father, world-renowned percussionist Zakir Hussain, and her mother, Kathak dancer/choreographer Antonia Minnecola. More about Bella...
Dates: October 27 - December 15, 2014 (last class is a show!)
DanceVersity Bollywood 2011 Class Video
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