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Does anyone know of an African music class that I can take my 6 month old
daughter to? We love African music in this house and play it all the time for
her. It would be amazing to find a class where we could learn and play even
I highly recommend Tacuma King's class at the Malonga Center in Oakland. It's not a ''baby''
class per se but our sons have been going since they were a baby. It's a diverse group (age,
culture, language, race, ability/disability . . . ), family friendly . . . It is a VERY special
place and Tacuma is an incredible teacher. The kids learn African percussion, songs, and dance
from all over the continent of Africa as well as Haiti, Brazil, New Orleans and all over the
The class is every Saturday from 12-2. Bay Area Youth Arts mama
This is exactly what you're looking for: http://www.chezanami.org
Katherine Ndungu-Case, a native of Kenya, founded this amazing organization. She teaches the
kid's music classes which are filled with dancing, drumming, singing and lots of fun. She used to
teach at Habitot once a week but sadly is not doing it this year. Supposedly she'll be teaching
classes in Berkeley on Saturdays soon, but I haven't heard any updates. My daughter and I both
loved going. The music is awesome and totally unlike all the cutesy, painful stuff that you have
to sing in other music classes.
anti itsy bitsy spider mama
Hacker Mom Space in Berkeley has an African Dance, Song, and Drumming for Kids session on Saturday
mornings. It's really great. My daughter really enjoyed it.
Here is their calendar of Events: http://mothership.hackermoms.org/calendar/
I would love to find an African dance class for my 6-year-old daughter, near or in
Berkeley. Anyone know of one?
Try the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
Betty Ladzepko (AKA Miss Betty) is a well known and respected African dance
teacher and she has classes for kids from age 3 on up!
--love the EBCPA
east bay center for the performing arts has african dance classes. they also
have a program in in albany.
My 10 yr. old daughter would like to take African dance lessons and I
was wondering if anyone knows where they might be offered in Berkeley
or close to Berkeley. Thanks!
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
has wonderful teachers for
African Dance and many other things. They're located in Richmond.
Do not let that deter you from checking them out. I've worked with
them for over a decade and cannot speak highly enough. Many of my
friends' children have taken classes there and I've seen a number
of their excellent performances.
Brasartes located at 1901 San Pablo Avenue at Hearst in Berkeley
offers wonderful Afro-Brazilian dance classes every Tuesday and
Thursday from 4-5. More than a dance studio, Brasarte and the
Capeiora Arts Foundation join forces for community events that all
the children perform in including the Yemenja festival on Feb. 28
and Carnival in May.This is a high quality studio and incredible
community. They also have a wonderful summer day camp. I highly
recommend the school, teachers and the entire program. See their
web site at Brasarte.com.
Try East Bay Center for Performing Arts in Richmond near Kaiser. I
have not seen their spring class schedule yet but they have offered
African dance before. Great place! My daughters have been taking
ballet there for over a year and the teachers are very good. I
appreciate that it is not a silly or competitive place. The
classes are fun but real.
My daughter has taken great African dance classes and a summer camp from
Madeleine Rogin, who is now teaching at Prospect Sierra School so I
don't know if she is offering weekday classes any more. I do know that
she will have a summer African Dance and Theatercamp -- AKOMA Camp --
for ages 5-11. Held in Berkeley on Bonita Street, August 3-7 and August
10-14. Madeleine is a great teacher, and we loved the dances and music,
and the final performance the kids put on at the end of summer camp was
lovely. I don't think she has a website, but you can contat Madeleine
by phone 510-558-0975.
My daughter has been taking African Dance at school as an after
school class for years. Her teacher, Madeleine Rogin, is wonderful.
She has good energy and the kids seem to want to re-enroll every
semester for years on end. I don't know if she teaches a regular
after school class in the larger community but I do know she is
teaching two different weeks of African Dance camp this summer. You
can reach her at school: email@example.com And here is
pasted in the information from her camp flyer. You might also ask
her if she teaches other places during the afternoons or weekends.
Enjoy and good luck.
Hi. We're thinking ahead to our school's Spring Fair and we'd
like to hire an African Dancer who could maybe do a bit of a
performance and then teach a short class to the children and
parents there. This would be most exciting if she brought with
her a percussionist. Can anyone recommend the right person? Thanks
I know EXACTLY who you need for your spring fair - I have an
African drummer in my adult ESL class, and he works with his
girlfriend, who is a dancer and teaches African dance to kids
in the afternoons. I talked to her to get their email for
you: firstname.lastname@example.org. If by chance I got it wrong (cell
phones - gotta love 'em!) ask at the Berkeley Adult School.
They are going to begin teaching there in the evenings in
November, I believe. (They work with the M. Casquelord Center
in Oakland now, I think.) Great people . .
- Happy ESL teacher!
Delisa is an instructor and dancer in her own right, and is in contact with
individual and groups of dancers, as well as at least one percussionist.
AKOMA: African Dance/theater camp
My 8-year-old daughter has been taking African Dance classes with
Madeleine Rogin, a *wonderful* teacher! She's doing a summer
camp with her, as well. Here's info about the camp for those who
may be interested: ''This summer come celebrate dance, theater
and music! Akoma Camp is an African Dance and Theater camp for
children ages 5-11. Children will learn about rhythm,
musicality, improvisation, choreography, and how to work together
to create a performance for family and friends. Akoma Camp is
led by Madeleine Rogin, a substitute teacher at Step One School,
and a graduate of a Masters' program in Theater and Dance from
the University of New Mexico. There will be two sessions:
Session I is July 24 - 28, and Session II is July 31 - August 4.
The fee for each session is $250, with the option of doing both
weeks at $450. Camp time is from 9-3 and extended care will be
available from 3-5 daily, at $8 an hour. Please contact
Madeleine Rogin at 558-0975 or at madrogin[AT]hotmail.com for
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