West African with Caro

Caro - photo at The ChurchWest African Dance

Monday, August 18th 6:30-8:30

Friday, August 29th 7:00-9:00

Fridays, September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 7:00-9:00

Cost: $15, at the door 

Caro Diallo is director, choreographer and lead dancer of the Senegalese dance troupe, Black Soofa. hailing from the lush Casamance region of Senegal on the west coast of Africa, where he has been dancing since childhood. After intensive training with various dance masters in Dakar, Diallo joined the ballet troupe Foret Sacree, performing throughout West Africa. Diallo has the gift of inspiring his students and captivating them with his energy and with the finesse and elegance of his dancing. In a warm-up students rave about, he provides an entire vocabulary of African movements. An accomplished teacher, he systematically builds up phrase after phrase of the dance, day after day, until students find themselves actually performing the entire choreography.  www.carodiallo.com

Tap Workshops

Tap Workshop with Sarah, 2014

Tap Workshops with Sarah Craver!
Intro to Tap: A Two Part Summer Series
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30,  July 29th and August 5th. Always wanted to give tap a try, but never had the chance? This is the workshop for you! We’ll go over basic steps and create a solid foundation you’ll be able to use in future tap classes. The pace will be relaxed and steady. We may have shoes to borrow (small women’s sizes), but if you have some, please bring them! Cost is $30 for the series. Email sobodance@gmail.com to secure your spot!
Groovin’ Jazz Tap: A Two Part Summer Series
Thursday, July 31st 7:00-8:30pm and Tuesday, August 12, 7:00-8:30pm. In this workshop for intermediate-advanced tappers, we’ll explore funky rhythms and look at the choreography of tap legends such as leon Collins and Ralph Brown. Get your groove on with some fun, intricate footwork! Cost is $30 for the series. Email sobodance@gmail.com to secure your spot!

Modern Dance: 3 Part Summer Series

Tract Bio Dance Pic

Modern Dance:

3 Part Summer Series with Tracy Grissom

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00, August 5th, 12th, and 26th

Cost: $42 for the series, $15 drop in, or SoBo Class Pack

email sobodance@gmail.com to register

This class is for anyone who loves to dance! Each class will begin with a stylized warm-up with an emphasis on core strengthening. Students will focus on technique, memorization, and musicality through floor work and choreography. This class will take the dancer to the floor, across the floor, upside down, and in the air. It will encourage individual spontaneity and self discovery through body awareness and improvisation. Attention will be given to developing a repertoire.

Tracy began dancing at the age of 3 at the Joan Kathy Dance Center in Leesville, LA. She studied the Cecchetti method for 5 years, successfully passing exams I – IV. As a young dancer, she studied ballet at summer intensives at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA, the Joffrey Ballet in New York, NY, and the Nashville Ballet in Nashville, TN. She went on to get her BA in Dance from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport and holds an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. Tracy’s love of dance started with ballet; she fell in love with modern dance while at Centenary College. As a student at Centenary, Tracy’s choreography was selected twice to be performed at the American College Dance Festival. Through modern dance, Tracy’s movement vocabulary expanded, as well as her understanding of the body and the human experience, in relation to self and to others. She is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and a Body Arts and Science International Pilates Mat Work certified instructor. Tracy is excited about the possibilities that come from sharing creativity and practicing spontaneity with others through movement.