Jazz, Belly Dance + Creative Caribbean Movement

Sat Oct 07 2023 at 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Governors Island | New York

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance
Publisher/HostCumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance
Jazz, Belly Dance + Creative Caribbean Movement
Get ready to experience the vibrant and artistic spirit of the Caribbean at the "Creative Caribbean Movement" event!
About this Event

Cumbe Fam !

Join us for a weekend of fun and joy!

Our classes are perfect for anyone looking to learn new skills or improve existing ones.

Our experienced instructors will guide you through each class, providing you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed. And with our small class sizes, you'll get personalized attention and support.

So come join us for a weekend of learning, laughter, and fun. We can't wait to see you there!


Bellydance Description:

BellyDancing core strengthening basics

Belly Dancing with Jaida/ Health & Spiritual benefits

Health Benefits

Build core strength, improve posture, aids in digestion, increases balance, increases circulation, helps relieve stress, excellent brain exercise for focus, memory, creativity and coordination. The fluidity of many movements incorporated may also benefit osteoporosis, arthritis, back and circulatory issues.

Spiritual Benefits

Belly Dance unites women on a quest to understand the power of sensuality and its physical and spiritual implications.

Bellydance goes even further by also integrating the liberating notion that the female and her sexuality are deeply healthy, powerful and significant.

Suddenly the body, no matter its shape or size becomes cherished in preparation for connection. It is adorned with beautiful costuming that highlights the dancer’s unique and feminine design. It moves with confidence and grace and says..

I am divine.

Jaida Bio:

Jaida is a New York based dancer who began her dance journey at Serena’s Studio. She performed in many of Serena’s off Broadway productions as well as the famed Egyptian Gardens Supper Club in Times Square.

Jaida’s past performances include performing for the Saudi Royal Family, the United Nations Arab Gala, and performing with the internationally acclaimed New York Arabic Orchestra. Jaida has also been called upon to perform for numerous foreign dignitaries, diplomats, and prime ministers.

Private events include celebrations with superstars Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mary J Blige, Anita Baker, Sean Puffy Combs, Nas, and Lady Gaga. Last but not least she was a featured dancer on the Nile River in Cairo Egypt along with a traditional Tanoura Show.

She’s had the privilege of studying extensively some of the world’s most prominent dance legends including Yousry Sharif.

Jaida continues to grace the stage both nationally and internationally.

From the U.S., Europe, to Asia she has taught countless wellness workshops, judged competitions and remains consistently in demand as both a dancer and teacher.

Jaida currently teaches weekly Virtual classes and also live classes in Brooklyn NY.


Creative Caribbean Movement Description:

Come explore the ways dances of the divine spirits from across the African Diaspora and the Caribbean can inform the essence and personality of creative movement. This slow paced fusion class uses traditional folklore movements that represent varying themes such as play, passageways, flow, beauty and strength as a foundation to color and inform a modern dance combination. The class will begin with a gentle warm up that includes body articulations, isolations and flow to prepare the body to move. Next, students will learn traditional folkloric movement taught at a pace dictated by students with a number of variations offered to accommodate varying mobility levels. The folkloric movements will be the base for the combination that is co-created by the teacher and students. The class will finish with light stretching to allow all the work to settle in. All ages and mobility levels are welcome.

Kendra Bio:

Kendra J. Ross is a Pilates instructor, dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and community organizer from Detroit, MI. A graduate of the BFA program from Ailey/Fordham University in Dance, Kendra has worked with Urban Bush Women, Andrea E. Woods/ Souloworks, Ase Dance Theater Collective, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Monstah Black, MBDance, Oyu Oro, Ase Dance Theater Collective and Movement of the People Dance Company. Kendra is a certified instructor in the Silvestre Technique created by Roseangela Silvestre of Salvador, Bahia, Brasil. She is also a Power Pilates Certified Mat instructor who has taught Pilates, fitness and dance fitness classes at Power Pilates, Crunch, And Yoga Studios and various NYC public schools. Kendra has taught as an artist in residence at Detroit School of Performing Arts, Brooklyn School of the Arts, Brooklyn Studios for Dance and Bates College. She has been a guest teacher at Florida A&M University and Florida State University. An avid student of many different movement modalities, Kendra’s classes focus on understanding the history, cultural contexts and idiosyncrasies of the various styles she employs while recognizing the connections and applications in each body, mind and spirit. Kendra specializes in teaching Pilates, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban, and Contemporary dance. She challenges students to train their minds and bodies to understand the focus and initiation points of the various forms of dance and how to seamlessly move between each modality.


Dunham Jazz Informed Technique:

Dancers will look at vernacular Jazz and its roots, Dunham's movement vocabulary used in Jazz dance, and traditional modern Jazz motifs, and experiment with the three to ultimately create a concert Jazz movement piece. This high-energy class encourages fun and the freedom of expression through artistry, improvisation, and embellishment of choreography regardless of skill and dance experience. For each meeting, a classic Dunham warm-up will be given followed by lively, Dunham-inspired Jazz progressions and a creative rehearsal session.

Candice Description:

Originally from St. Louis, MO, born and bred into Jazz dance and influenced greatly by the Jazz music scene, Candice Michelle Franklin is a New York-based professional dancer, choreographer, and producer who has been seen in numerous film, TV shows, music videos, industrials, and, of course, on the live stage performing in plays and dance companies. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts majoring in Dance on four-year scholarship, studied on scholarship at Steps on Broadway, trained in St. Louis at Missouri Concert Ballet, and, upon invitation to New York, received her conservatory training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She owns The Pro DANZ Group, Inc. in which she oversees the dance and creative direction of several performance groups, recording artists, industrials, and stage shows.

Her work has been performed in a host of New York venues including Lincoln Center Summer in the City, Jazzmobile, Harlem Summerstage, MTV/Viacom, Marcus Garvey Park, Jacob Javitz Convention Center, The Syracuse OnCenter, Capitale, Odeum Expo Center, Broad Street Ballroom, The Kumble Theater, the National Black Theater, Symphony Space, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Cafe, Webster Hall, The SPACE at Westbury/Westbury Theater, Stage 48, the Oheka Castle, The Theater of Riverside Church, The Sage Theater, American Theater of Actors, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, John Jay College, and New York’s City College, as well as numerous casinos on the east coast such as Turning Stone, the Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Tropicana, Borgata, and Caesar’s.

In addition, she has served as choreographer for over 15 years with CEG Productions LLC. as well as for a number of recording artists including internationally celebrated Bollywood Hip hop artist, SHAKTI, and Grammy award-winning recording artist, Macy Gray. A forever student, she is continuing her education in Latin Ballroom Dance technique under the DVIDA Syllabus at the Ballroom Dance Teacher's College in New Mexico and has just received her FULL Associate Certificate in the Rhythm Syllabus with a concentration on Mambo, Cha Cha, Rumba, Bolero, and East Coast Swing.

Currently, Miss Franklin serves as choreographer for recording artist, ART AURÉ, tours as a Master Teacher/ Adjudicator Instructor for Joffrey Ballet School, and works as the producer and choreographer for Jazz Ain’t Dead®, a live band, and dance production group. Miss Franklin also is studying Katherine Dunham Technique as a certification candidate with IDTC Institute for Dunham Technique Certification in addition to graduate school as an MBA candidate in the Berklee College of Music/SHNU joint Music Business program. Moreover, she is a founding member of iDANZ, a 501 (c)3 dance advocacy non-profit, and a proud union member of SAG-AFTRA.

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Governors Island, Colonel’s Row in house 405, New York, United States


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