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Haitian - Live drumming at Dance Mission Theater

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3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA, 94110
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aitian Folkloric with Portsha Jefferson Saturdays, 1:30-3pm This class introduces the technique of Haitian Folkloric dance. Representing various nations such as Mayi, Ibo and Nago, each dance has it's own distinctive character, choreography and spirit. You will experience the meditative Yanvalou, the fiery rhythms of Petwo, to the playful and celebratory dances of Banda and Rara. Expect a high energy class in celebration of a rich, spiritual tradition. A dance experience guaranteed to UPLIFT, INSPIRE & INFORM! Live Music with celebrated Haitian drummer Daniel 'Brav' Brevil and Co. Portsha Jefferson is a professional dancer and choreographer trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African derived styles, who specializes in Haitian Folkloric Dance. She began her formal training at the age of six at the Marsha Woody Dance Academy in Beaumont, Texas. Portsha is the founder and artistic director of Rara Tou Limen, an arts organization that has been promoting Haitian culture for the past 10 years. RTL has continually offered participants the opportunity to experience Haitian music, dance and culture through classes, workshops, performances and educational events in both the United States and in Haiti. Portsha has taught creative movement and Haitian Folkloric dance in schools, universities, community centers and dance studios for twelve years. A passionate believer in education and youth development, she has worked for several youth organizations including The Young Performers Theater, The San Francisco Arts Education Project, Westlake School of the Arts, Opera Picolla, DanceVersity and Swivel Arts. Portsha's dedication and exploration of Haitian culture have brought her to Haiti, where she has traveled throughout the country to research regional dance, rhythms and musical traditions. Currently, Portsha is an instructor at the University of California at Berkeley, Conservatory for Contemporary Dance Arts (CCDA) and is an artist in residence for Oakland, Berkeley and SF public schools. In addition, she is an instructor at East Bay Dance Center, Dance Mission Theater and at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. She also serves as a Cultural Arts Specialist with Oakland Parks and Recreation, where she continues to share her love of dance with Oakland youth. • Visit www.raratoulimen.com. • Please click here for an example of Portsha's choreography • Contact Info: raratoulimen@gmail.com

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Dance Mission Theater is a multicultural dance center that offers a wide variety of classes ranging from Latin to African to Bhangra.

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90 min
Haitian - Live drummingPortsha Jefferson
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Haitian - Live drummingPortsha Jefferson
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Haitian - Live drumming with Portsha
Portia's classes are the best, she brings an incredible attention to technical detail, educates her students on the history of Haitian Folkloric Dance, challenges us with complex rhythm, and throws in tons of pure love and joy.
Haitian - Live drumming with Portsha
Amazing!!
Haitian - Live drumming with Portsha
Great energy - very welcoming group and great for beginners
Haitian - Live drumming with Portsha
Amazing energizing class, great for beginners! I will be back 100%
Haitian - Live drumming with Halima
Incredibly fun class! Very accessible moves for a beginner (with some dance experience). Halons was excellent and kind
Haitian - Live drumming with Michelle
Awesome-- such a fun workout!
Haitian - Live drumming with Halima
It gave me life!
Haitian - Live drumming with Portsha
Incredible!!
Haitian - Live drumming with Portsha
So much fun!

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