Exploration of Forms Movement Workshop: “Afrobeats Party Dance Workshop” with Nkei Oruche

 

Part of the Public Movement Workshop Series 
No dance training required to participate.
$5 for UCB Participants (with ID); $10 for general public  per workshop — cash or check
No need to RSVP; simply show up ready to move.

From Lagos to Bahia, London to Kinshasa, Lome to Port-Au- Prince, Luanda to Kingston, experience movements and music from urban African Diaspora’s clubs and parties. This workshop will explore basic to advanced moves of Afrobeats dance styles, while incorporating techniques and movement from other genres including Ndombolo, Kuduro, Afrohouse and Dancehall.


Nkei Oruche is an Igbo-Nigerian performer, educator, and producer specializing in street dance and music styles from Africa and her Diaspora. As a choreographer, dancer and performer she has enthralled audiences from street corners, to house parties to the stages of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Oakland Museum of California, Yoshi’s SF, Dance Mission Theater, the Independent, the Mezzanine and the California Academy of Sciences. Nkeiruka has performed with Magic System, Les Twins, Amara Tabor-Smith, Zakiya Harris & Elephantine, MJ’S Brass Boppers, and is currently a front-person for Gbedu Town Radio, a live ensemble of dancers and musicians covering Afro-diasporic street and club music. In 2016, she directed Bacchanal de Afrique-Til’ Dance Do Us Part, a tongue-in- cheek dance-theater piece narrating urban African life stages via
a soundtrack of Afrobeats, Azonto, Turf, Second-Line, and Dancehall, against a narrative of Black empowerment.

Currently, Oruche is focused on expanding and sustaining grassroots change-making and community resiliency through the production, performance and embodiment of art and culture. She is a co-founder of BoomShake, a community organization that uses street drumming as a tool for cultural survival and social justice, and the artistic director of Afro Urban Society, a meeting place for urban African art, culture and people.