Connecting Communities with Artists

Connecting Communities with Artists is a donation based program that connects local, national and international communities with accessible training and the opportunities to learn from Master Artists in different dance rhythmic traditions. This program is made possible by our funders the Mellon Foundation & California Arts Council, and our fiscal sponsor Brava Theater.

Connecting Communities with Artists 2023

Join us for our 2023 program of donation-based, online workshops! We are excited to include artists and percussive dance traditions in-person and over Zoom in our 2023 program. Take class at home or from Brava Theater Studios in San Francisco.

  • AfroKorp with Argelia Arreola: Monday, September 18, 2023
    • 6-7pm PST

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Our first workshop of the season is with La Mezcla performer Argelia Arreola teaching her first signature AfroKorp workshop in San Francisco following a teaching residency at Gibney Dance in New York City!

➪ About AfroKorp: In a contemporary way, using as a basis the language of African dance from Guinea and Senegal, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Mexican dance, AfroKorp proposes within each class to connect, explore, and work the body via rhythm and take it to its most organic and free state.

Explosive, rhythmic and dynamic, AfroKorp combines a variety of styles and energies where the body is the main resonator of everything it perceives and that surrounds it. This class focuses on rhythm, speed, agility, and quality of movement in a way that is accessible to dancers and movers of all backgrounds.

Argelia Arreola, Bronx based Mexican dancer, choreographer and musician, passionate about rhythm and everything related to African influences within artistic expressions. She holds a Bachelor’s in Contemporary Dance from Universidad Veracruzana, México. Formally trained in traditional African Dance of Guinea for 19 years, Argelia has taught African dance workshops for more than 15 years in Mexico, United States, and Costa Rica. She seeks to make an artistic contribution to the field of contemporary dance by bringing to the fore the dynamic relationship between the music of percussion instruments and the language of African (Guinea & Senegal), Afro-Cuban and Mexican folk dance.

Stay tuned for more workshops this year!

Past Classes

  • Zapateado Jarocho with Fredi Naranjo Vega: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
    • 11am-12:30pm PST
  • Tap Dance with Max Pollak: Friday, May 12, 2023
    • 10AM-11:30AM PST
  • Son Jarocho with Laura Rebolloso: Monday, June 19, 2023
    • 5:30pm-7pm PST

  • Tap Dance with Dolores Sanchez: Saturday, July 23, 2022
    • Beginner 12-1pm PST/3-4pm EST
    • Int/Adv 1-2pm PST/4-5pm EST
  • Zapateado Jarocho with Rubí Oseguera Rueda**: Saturday, August 27, 2022
    • Beginner 1-2pm PST/ 4-5pm EST
    • Int/Adv 2-3pm PST/ 5-6:30pm EST
  • Afro Peruvian with Juan de Dios Soto: Saturday, October 1, 2022
    • Zapateo Peruano 1-2pm PST/ 4-5pm EST
    • Festejo 2-3pm PST/ 5-6pm EST
Son Jarocho Workshop