GRACIELA ACEDO

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Biography: Graciela Acedo was born and raised in Venezuela. She has been teaching for over twenty years in the San Francisco bay area. Graciela was trained in Caracas and at the Boston Ballet with a government scholarship and a Harkness Ballet Internship in New York. She has a BFA in performing arts and a Certificate of Cuban syllabus, Methodology/Pedagogy. She has also been awarded twice with a USF grant.

Graciela has performed the classics with the Venezuelan Ballet, Teresa Carreño sharing the stage with, Rudolf Nureyev, Fernando Bujones and Julio Boca. Former principal dancer of Ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas where she worked with choreographers Judith Jamison, Ulises Dove, John Butler, Elisa Monte, Dennis Nahat, Choo San Goh, Donald Mackayle, among others. She has performed in South America, US, Europe and Asia. Graciela is a former Oakland ballet dancer and teacher.

Graciela is a faculty member at USF, San Francisco School of the Arts, Ayako, Berkeley ballet, Diablo (pre-professional program). She created the ballet curriculum for Dance Attack, Western Ballet former Associated Director, Pacific Dance Theater of SF (summer programs Assistant director), Napoles Ballet and DTSF company teacher. Graciela has also been a guest teacher at America's Ballet in Florida, and Ballet de las Americas in Venezuela. She has also judged numerous ballet competitions.

Pre-ballet (4-6 years old) Introduction to basic ballet concepts and creative movement. The class will offer a discipline structure for the child to develop rhythm, coordination, motor skills, basic ballet skills and etiquette of ballet.

Ballet I (6-8 years old) Level I, Basics of classical ballet technique, ballet terminology and musicality with an emphasis in body alignment and posture.

Ballet Intermediate/advance 13 yrs and up Ballet for teens and adults with extensive formal academic ballet training. With at least five years of training, approve by instructor.

Pre-ballet (4-6 años) Introducción de conceptos básicos del ballet clásico y movimiento creativo. La clase ofrecerá una estructura disciplinada para que el niño desarrolle habilidades motoras, ritmo, coordinación, y aprenda las posiciones básicas de ballet.

Ballet I (6-8 años) Nivel I, Entrenamiento básico de la técnica clásica del ballet, terminología y musicalidad con énfasis en la alineación del cuerpo y la postura.

Ballet Intermediate/advance 13 años y más Ballet Intermedio / avanzado para adolescentes y adultos con una amplia formación académica de ballet, bajo aprobación del instructor.

Class Schedule:
Class: Pre-Ballet
Days: Tuesday
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Studio: A
Age: 4-6
Price: $12

Class: Ballet – Level 1
Days: Tuesday
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Studio: A
Age: 6-8
Price: $12

Class: Ballet – Intermediate/Advance
Days: Thursday
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Studio: B
Age: 13+
Price: $14

Ballet Class Policies & Etiquette
1. Students must arrive 5 minutes prior to the commencement of class. Late arrivals do not merit extended instructional time.
2. Pick up time has to be prompt; the instructor will not be responsible to stay with the students after class is over.
3. Students must turn in their class vouchers prior to the commencement of class.
4. Students must wear required class attire to take class -a leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers. Warm ups may be worn at the instructor's discretion.) No jewelry may be worn during class.
5. Hair must be pulled back away from the face and secured neatly; headbands should be worn with short hair.
6. Students may be dismissed from class for talking, engaging in disrespectful behavior and disrupting the class.
7. Food or drink is not permitted in the classroom with the exception of water.
8. Students must remain in the classroom during instructional time, wait for the instructor to dismiss them, and obtain instructor's permission if they must leave early or use the restroom.
9. Parents or guardians cannot stay in the classroom.
10. Students must wait for formal promotion by the instructor before taking an advanced class.
11. In order to participate in the End of Semester show, students must attend all production rehearsals.
12. Costumes for the performance will be rented or bought by the parents after the instructors authorization.
13. Parents and guardians of students must take the responsibility of supporting their children with their studies and with complying with established ballet policies.
14. Only students who demonstrate good academic results, good attendance and punctuality will have the opportunity to participate in performances planned for the group.
15. Prolonged absences and failure to notify the instructor will be considered grounds for permanent expulsion from the class.
16. Each semester there will be an open class for the parents to observe the students work.

IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!! FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE RULES ENUMERATED ABOVE WILL RESULT IN A STUDENT BEING AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED FROM CLASS. A SECOND INCIDENT WILL RESULT IN PERMANENT EXPULSION.

Graciela Acedo :Instructor of Ballet MCCLA

Reglamento y Etiqueta de las clases de ballet:
1. El estudiante llagara a la clase cinco minutos antes de que comience la misma. Las llegadas tardes no justificara tiempo extra.
2. Padres y/o tutor deberán recoger al estudiante puntualmente al terminar la clase. El instructor no será responsable de cuidar al estudiante una vez terminada la clase.
3. El estudiante entregara al instructor el boleto de pago antes de comenzar la clase.
4. El estudiante vestirá el uniforme del color indicado de acuerdo al nivel en que se encuentre, así como también los accesorios reglamentados. Leotardo, mallas rosa das y zapatillas.
5. El pelo estará debidamente recogido, en un moño no puede cubrir la cara. Para cabellos cortos se puede usar un cintillo.
6. El estudiante debe mantener buena conducta en la clase, de lo contrario será retirado de la misma.
7. No se permiten alimentos y líquidos en el salón de clases, con excepción de agua.
8. El estudiante permanecerá en la clase y solo abandonara la misma con la previa autorización del instructor.
9. Los padres y/o tutor del estudiante no pueden permanecer en el salón de clases.
10. Los estudiantes deben esperar ser ascendido por el instructor para asistir a las clases de nivel más avanzado.
11. El estudiante tiene que asistir a todos los ensayos programados, de no ser así el estudiante no participara en la presentación.
12. El vestuario para los espectáculos será alquilado o comprado por los representantes, previa autorización del instructor.
13. Los padres y/o tutor son responsables por el cumplimiento de este reglamento así como también de apoyar al estudiante en sus estudios de ballet.
14. Solo los estudiantes que demuestren buenos resultados académicos, asistencia y puntualidad tendrán la oportunidad de participar en las presentaciones programadas.
15. Ausencias prolongadas y no notificadas al instructor serán consideradas para posible expulsión definitiva del estudiante de las clases de ballet.
16. Cada semestre abra una clase abierta para que los padres observen el trabajo de los estudiantes.

IMPORTANTE!!!! El incumplimiento de las reglas enumeradas anteriormente implica la expulsión de clase como llamada de advertencia , una segunda incidencia implica la expulsión definitiva del estudiante de las clases de ballet.

Graciela Acedo: Instructora de ballet MCCLA


MARIO LUIS ALABI

Biography:Mario Luis has been teaching the "Popular Salsa-Merengue" class at Mission Cultural center for several years. Born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, Mario Luis went on to receive his Bachelor degree from University of Illinois at Carbondale. As a talented singer/author he offers melodies of Salsa, Meringue, Cumbia, Ballads, Pop and other rhythms on his 2 self-produced albums, "Un Poco de Todo" and "Fusion Total". Mario Luis maintain a huge performance repertoire and is currently the stage manager for Community Festivals sponsored by SAFEWAY. Mario Luis is the proud Father of National and International Salsa Dance Champions Junior and Emily.

Class Description:Come and learn the hottest dance craze on this side of the border. A whole lot of Salsa with a touch of Meringue, this fun-filled class will teach you the basic steps needed to get you dancing. The instructor will provide guidance and handouts. Students of all ages need to bring enthusiasm and a desire to learn and have fun!

Class Schedule:
Class: Salsa-Merengue Popular
Day: Fridays
Time: 7:30 - 9:00pm
Studio: A
Age: All
Price: $10

Website: www.MarioLuis.com


BEN BAKER

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Biography: Ben holds an MA in Drama from San Francisco State and an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. He is a Performance Artist that assumes many roles in theatre as Actor, Director, Dancer, Choreographer, and Writer. He specializes in creating inter-media work; integrating Poetry, Dance, Acting, Circus, Video/Projection, Visual Art and Installation.

Ben tiene una Maestría en Artes Dramáticas de San Francisco State y una Maestría de las artes Finas en Teatro Contemporáneo de la Universidad de Naropa. Él es un artista de Teatro que asume muchos papeles como Actor, Director, Bailarín, Coreógrafo, Escritor. Se especializa en la creación de trabajo inter-disciplinaria utilizando la integración de la Poesía, Danza, Actuación, Circo, Video / Proyección, Artes Visuales e Instalación.

Class Description: Acting, Improvisation, and Devised Theatre This Class focuses on Ensemble Based Training and Devised Theatre Method. Training includes Improvisation and Sketch comedy, Psycho-Physical Acting, Extended Range/Ecstatic Voice Method, Viewpoints Space Awareness, Developmental Movement and Somatic Training, Commedia dell' Arte, and Performance Composition. Emphasis will be placed on developing original performance based on personal stories, interests, questions, passions and ideas.

Class Description: Actuación, Improvisación, y Teatro Ideado Esta clase se centra en Método de Teatro Ideado. El entrenamiento incluye la Improvisación, Actuación Psico-Física, Método de voz Eufórico, Puntos-de-Vista de la Conciencia del Espacio, Movimiento del Desarrollo Somático, Comedía dell 'Arte, y Composición.


Class Schedule:
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Theater
Age: 18+
Price: $5


ZENON BARRON

Biography:Was born and raised in Guanajuato, Mexico where he began his training and love of dance at the age of 12. He studied dance with America Balbuena at the Universidad Autonoma de Guanajuato in 1976. He was honored with being selected to participate in the Cultural Exchange program with Casa Cultural Florencia Italia in 1980. He later became a member of the Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Guadalajara under the direction of Carlos Ochoa before deciding to expand his professional dance training by moving to Mexico City. He attended summer classes at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1984 while a earning a degree as a Dancer, then auditioned and accepted to the world famous Ballet Folklorico de Mexico of Amalia Hernandez. He became a member of the resident company in September 1983 and later was promoted to the fist company in January 1984 where he performed throughout Europe, South America and United States of America. In 1992 Mr. Barron moved to San Francisco and the same year he founded and ensemble the Ballet Folklorico of San Francisco.

Class Description:Folkloric dance, like its equivalent English term “folk dance” means dances of the people. It is dance that reflects the traditions, customs, legends, beliefs and lifestyles of people in particular countries or regions. Folkloric dance expresses the life and spirit of people though its movement and music, and with a vitality and immediacy that instantly transport the viewer to the heart of that culture. It is both historical and current, preserving tradition yet shifting with the present times.

Class Schedule:
Class: Mexican Folk Dance
Day: Tuesday
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
Studio: E
Age: 11+
Price: $12


TEMISTOCLES FUENTES BETANCOURT

Biography:Temistocles Fuentes Betancourt (Temi) has over 35 years’ experience as a principal dancer, regisseur, professor and choreographer with the Ballet Folklorico de Oriente. This company is the oldest folkloric company in Cuba. In Santiago de Cuba, he also served as regisseur for Ballet Folkloric Cutumba, Director of Conjunto Folklorico Kazumbi, Professor of Salsa at Ateneo Cultural Antonio Bravo Correoso and Choreographer of the youth Carnaval group, “Los Chicos Alegres de Veguita de Galos.” Since coming to the US, he has appeared in “Oyuoro” a folkloric performance in New York City and choreographed for the Cuba Caribe Festival in San Francisco. He currently teaches at Dance Mission, the San Francisco Park & Recreation Department, and the YMCA.

Class Description:This class will cover many of the Afro/Haitian/Cuban dance forms found in the Orient Province in Cuba. These distinctive forms are the result of the cross pollination of Afro-Haitian and Afro-Cuban styles. After the Haitian revolution, many French colonists left with their slaves for the eastern part of Cuba. The Haitians brought their beliefs, customs, music and dance, as well as the fundamentals of their Voodoo religion. These influences were assimilated by the Cubans who lived in that area and created an exciting cultural hybrid. These styles are rarely seen outside of Cuba and this workshop provides a unique opportunity to study these exciting dance forms.

Class Schedule:
Class: Afro-Cuban-Haitian Folkloric
Day: Monday
Time: 7:30-8:45pm
Studio: B
Age: All
Price: $12


BUDDY BATES

Class Description:Life Drawing is for beginning to advanced students who want to sharpen their abilities to see and draw through an artist’s perspective. The creative and challenging poses of live models will allow students to improve and perfect their drawing skills. Each drawing session begins with several one-minute and two minute gesture poses followed by a break to view work and stretch. Next we will work with 5 minute and 10 minute poses, followed by another break which should be utilized as an opportunity to criticize one’s own work. The remaining time will be filled with twenty-minute poses. While students generally direct their own exploration of drawing, the teacher provides advice upon request.

Class Schedule:
Class: Figure/Life Drawing
Days: Friday
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Studio: D
Age: 18+
Price: $12


BIANCA COLEMAN

Biography: Bianca Coleman has been dancing since the age of 7 when she began studying classical ballet at the SF Academy of Ballet. By the age of 9 she began studying and performing Brazilian dance and since then discovered that dance was her true passion. She participated in SF Carnaval for 11 years beginning in 1987 and performed and choreographed with various Brazilian dance companies in the Bay Area. She has been a choreographer for Latin Dance Grooves' award winning Carnaval contingent since 2009. For 14 years, Bianca has been studying Afro-Cuban dance and is a founding member of Emese: MOTAD, an Oakland based dance collective founded 1998. Bianca has 20 years of teaching experience and has been teaching Latin Dance Grooves at the MCCLA since fall 2008.

Class Description: Immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Latin dance and music certain to stir your soul! Experience a variety of exhilarating Latin Dance generes including Brazilian Samba, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Timba, Reggaeton, Mambo, Cha Cha, Merengue, Jazz and more, all in a fun and supportive atmosphere!  Classes begin with a juicy warm-up that includes core abdominal work and stretching to prepare the body to move. The class continues with center floor combinations and sequences moving across the floor, drawing from a variety of spicy Latin dance styles. Ladies are encouraged to bring a folkloric dance skirt. All students and levels are welcome.

Class Schedule:
Class: Latin Dance Grooves
Days: Monday
Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm
Studio: B
Age: All
Price: $14


SUZANNE CORTEZ

Biography:Suzanne Cortez, Music Instructor, has performed with World Renowned musicians such as Ritchie Ray and Bobby Cruz, Karl Perrazo (Santana). Chepito Areas (formerly with Santana, Latin Rock Hall of Fame, and Michael Carabello (formerly with Santana). She has also played with Pharaoh Sanders who's performed with (John Coltrane) she has also performed with Francisco Aquabella of (Malo) and has played with Pete and Sheila Escovedo. She is known "To keep the music going." She leads her own Orquesta Adelante, the Mission District's own.

She brings her 30 years of music experience to the MCCLA. Suzanne has led choirs and ensembles and has taught many youths and adults to sing and play instruments that have not had any musical knowledge or experience.

Class Description:Students will learn to sing and play Caribbean and Latin America music. Instrumentation will consist of Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Maracas, Clave, Guiro, basic piano, basic guitar, Bass guitar and Singing instruction. (No experience required). Note: For students playing woodwinds, Brass, or String instruments, basic knowledge of instruments are required. Come and join this ongoing ensemble and learn how to play the music of Latin America. Students of this ensemble will be required to perform at Local Community and Bay Area Events.

Bring your voice & instrument! Instruments not provided.

Class Schedule:
Class: La Orquesta del Barrio
Days: Monday
Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Studio: Theatre
Age: ALL
Price: $10


MANOLO DAVILA

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Biography: Manolo has been a musician in San Francisco for over ten years. His youth was spent in the Mission District, listening to his parents play Bomba, Plena, and musica Jibara from Puerto Rico. From then on he picked up on the Guitar and Percussion along with a whole other set of stringed instruments. He has performed with various groups in the Bay Area scene, such as Mara Reggae (Brazilian), The Next Level, Loco Bloco Percussion Ensemble, Rara Tou Limen, and continues to teach music to urban youth.

Class Description: I will be teaching a beginner/intermediate guitar class geared towards learning basic music theory, guitar technique, and interpretation of classical and popular songs. Students must bring their own guitar and handouts will be regularly given to supplement aspiring guitarists’ development. The minimum age requirement is 10+. Younger students must audition. We will learn 5 songs which will be presented and played at the End of the Semester Show.

Class Schedule:
Days: Saturday
Time: 10:00-11:00am (Sat) Guitar Beginners
11:00am – 12:00pm (Sat) Intermediate/Advance
Ages: All
12:00 – 1:00pm (Sat) Rock/Electric Guitar
Ages: 12+
Studio: C
Price: $15


THOMASINA J. DeMAIO

Biography:Thomasina DeMaio was born in New York and has been creating art in the bay area for 35 years. She has many murals in the Mission and some in Sebastopol, and one in Berlin, Germany. Along with painting murals, portraits have always been her favorite subject, and in her 64 years, there have been thousands produced.

From fundraisers, including an exhibit for the San Francisco Fire Fighters that raised money for a toy drive to The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, another large show including sculptures and 65 paintings of SPI, her emphasis on honoring groups for their social contributions has not gone unnoticed and the city has awarded her with thanks for doing so.

Painting about the human condition and depicting social issues has always been an important part of her artistry and one she tries to impart to her students. She is currently still working on a mural at 21st and Valencia with another one on the drawing board for the Castro district. She can be found at the Moby Dick Bar on Mondays conducting an evening drawing session for free between 6 to 9 pm and exhibits her painting at the International Café on Haight Street. She has an MFA (1985), BFA (1983), and teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Class Description:This will be a painting class for all levels including beginners. Info on how to paint in oil, watercolor, inks, acrylic, gouache, in a noncompetitive environment designed with extra set-up time and clean-up time. Bring your own supplies; a suggestion list will be available for newbies the first session. There will be models every week called from Thomasina's extensive model list plus people from the Mission. Carnaval dancers, ice-cream pushcart man, Taco lady... local’s portraits along with figure studies will culminate in a show curated by MCCLA when enough has been amassed. Perhaps Carlos Santana will show his face for us if we are lucky! Some supplies will be offered along with hot water for tea and coffee.

Class Schedule:
Class: Open Studio / Live Painting & Drawing
Instructor: Thomasina J. DeMaio
Day: Thursday
Time: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Location: Studio D
Ages: All
Price: $12


FERNANDO DESANJINES

Biography: Fernando DeSanjines, world drummer / percussionist, has been playing drums professionally for over 40 years. His first Brazilian teacher was; Master Percussionist Paulo Farias in his native La Paz -Bolivia. In 1986 Fernando joined the Bay Area "Escola Nova de Samba" where he studied and performed for several years with the extraordinary percussionist Chalo Eduardo, as well as other amazing Bay Area musicians such as Dennis Brougton, Michael Spiro, Claudio Amaral, Eddy Soleta, Kim Atkinson, Carolyn Brandy, Carlos Aceituno and the Great Brazilian Master George Rum Alabe.

  In 1991 Fernando paraded in Salvador da Bahia's Carnaval as a follower with the amazing Group "Olodum". Everything was "Olodum" that year in Salvador Brazil, while they were getting ready for their first USA tour.
Fernando also studied with the Group "Raices do Pelo" and in 1994; he took some workshops in San Francisco with "Neguinho de Samba" one of the main figures of "Olodum"

  In 1991 coming back from Brazil Fernando co-founded his own "Samba do Coracao", awarded best Brazilian Samba School in S F Carnaval 1997 and 1998. The group also performed extensively, including the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 1996 and 2000, Alaska State Fair, New Orleans by the Bay Festivals and the International Music Carnival 2005 in Shanghai China among many other events.

Class Description:"Sambadum" Brazilian Percussion Class.
The class is for beginners and intermediate players. It focuses on the Samba feel and groove as much as possible. You will learn basic drumming techniques and the fundamentals of Samba, Olodum and Afro Samba Rhythms. This knowledge with time and dedication will aloud you to develop on your own. You will also learn the clave concept and some Brazilian songs that make the classes even more interesting and fun.

Instruments: Beginners: ganza, ago go bell and tamborim. Intermediate: surdos, caixa, reco-reco, repinique, timbau congas and triangle. Some instruments are available. Intermediate students are encouraged to bring their own instrument. The class has been performing for the MCCLA end of semester shows for the last five years. Everyone welcome!

Class Schedule:
Class: "Sambadum" Brazilian Percussion Class (starts 10-22)
Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:15 - 9:00pm
Studio: C
Age: 15+
Price: $12


Facebook: Fernando DeSanjines
Contact: fernandinho13@aol.com


KERENSA DEMARS

Biography: Kerensa DeMars was captivated by the art of Flamenco while earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the San Francisco Art Institute. With a background in Tribal Style and Butoh dance, her passion for Flamenco led her to Madrid in 1997 where she caught the eye of the renowned world music group Radio Tarifa and toured with them as a featured dancer through 2003. In those six years she continued intensive Flamenco studies with some of Spain's foremost Flamenco artists including the great maestro Toni ‘El Pelao’. Upon returning to San Francisco in 2004 Kerensa became artistic director of the Flamenco Room, a weekly Flamenco show now in its eighth year. Kerensa has performed with Bay Area Flamenco companies including: Theatre Flamenco, Caminos Flamencos, Flamenco Live, Dance Ensemble, and she performed in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. In 2010 Kerensa received a grant from the Azahar Dance Foundation to present ZAHARA, a fusion of Flamenco and Moroccan music and dance at the Cowell Theater and the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Click here to view her website.

Class Description:Beginning Flamenco Dance
Beginning Flamenco dance class is designed to instruct basic techniques including footwork, brazeo, postures, and marking steps. Students will learn about different flamenco styles (palos) as well as rhythm (compas). Heeled shoes required (flamenco shoes, character shoes or low heeled street shoes - check with the instructor if you have questions.)

Class: Flamenco - Beginners
Day: Thursday
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Studio: E
Age: ALL
Price: $14

Class: Flamenco - Int/Adv
Day: Thursday
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Studio: E
Age: ALL
Price: $14


NORA DINZELBACHER

Biography:Nora Dinzelbacher received her Master of Dance degree at the National School of Dance, Buenos Aires. Upon graduation in 1973 she joined the Argentina Folk Ballet and was invited to form a dance partnership with the company's Artistic Director, Raul Dinzelbacher from whom she learned Tango and later married.
Nora teaches extensively at universities, colleges and tango associations throughout the United States and Europe and in 1999 was invited to Japan and Germany. She is the co-founder of the Bay Area Tango Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the traditions of Argentine culture.
In 1998, following the termination of Stanford University's Tango Week, Nora teamed up with Bob Moretti as business partners and launched their first Nora's Tango Week. After co-founding Nora's Tango Week — and five years of production — Bob retired from Nora's Tango Week.

Class Description:As a native of Argentina, it is Nora’s mission to share the Argentine culture through tango, one of the most romantic and elegant of the social dances. You’ll learn not only the steps, but also the history, music and etiquette of the dance form, and even some lumfardo (Argentine slang). The technique classes focus on exercises that will improve your balance, posture and style of Tango walking. Men and women will separate for one-hour, followed by half an hour of mixed dancing. You will learn everything from the very basics to the newest colgadas, volcadas and changes of direction.
Please bring your dancing shoes: high heels with straps suggested for women, tango or character shoes with a leather sole for men. Dance sneakers are ok. No tennis shoes please. No partner required.

Class Schedule:
Class: Argentine Tango - Beginner
Days: Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30pm
Saturday 10:30 – 11:30am
Studio: B
Age: 15+
Price: $12

Class: Argentine Tango - Intermediate
Days:Wednesday 7:30 – 9:00pm
Saturday 11:30 – 1:00pm
Studio: B
Age: 15+
Price: $12


JAMIL DIOP

Biography:Jamil Diop is a master Doun Doun, Djembe, and Sabar drummer from Senegal, West Africa. He comes from a long line of Sabar Griots, who have passed down his people’s traditions and history through the language of the Sabar drums. The sixth in a family of seven internationally recognized musicians, he began his musical education from the time he could walk under the tutorial of his older brother, Badou, who studied with the Djembe greats and toured Europe as the lead drummer for the Senegalese National Ballet. In Senegal, Jamil performed with several Senegalese National Ballets and recorded melodies for Senegal’s most renowned musicians. Stateside he has performed across the country with various traditional West African, Reggae and Fusion bands at festivals, school assemblies, and shows (like the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival). Jamil is a patient teacher and has instructed students of all ages from around the world. Visit www.dioppercu.com/int/en/videos for a taste.

Class Description:The traditional West African rhythms were passed down to Jamil Diop from his parents and grandparents before them. You can learn to play the Djembe, Doun Doun, or Sabar drums. Everyone is welcome in the class, from those who have never played to those who have years of experience. Beginners can start by learning the beat and melody, and experienced players can learn the breaks Jamil’s family created. If you do not have an instrument, call Jamil at least 30 minutes before class at 415.410.6854 or email him at jamildiop@gmail.com
Photo credit: http://idyll.com/

Class Schedule:
Class: Traditional West African Drumming with Jamil Diop
Days: Monday 7:00 – 8:30pm
Studio: C
Age: All
Price: $20


MAISA DUKE

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Biography:Born in the America's capital of the African Diaspora, Salvador, Bahia Brazil and as far as she can remember, dancing is what she enjoyed most. She started entering and winning dance contests when her was 10 years old. she immigrated to the U.S. in 1998. she has been teaching dance for over 10 years at MCCLA and in USA. In 2000, she founded Energia do Samba Dance Company. and was crowned the Queen of S.F Carnaval in 2002. Her dream is to share Samba with the world.
She has performed at many celebrity functions, including Robin Williams' 50th birthday and events for the late Christopher Reeves, and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown at City Hall, Warriors basketball team, San Francisco Giants games, Academy of Sciences in S.F., California Music World in Oakland, Ethnic Dance Festival, The Queen Mary in L.A, for Pele, The Most Famous Soccer Player in The World, and many, many other events. and today many people and friends all call her The Samba Queen Maisa Duke.

Class Description:In this class, students will combine the fundamentals of the traditional Brazilian samba dance with a full body workout. Students need only exercises clothes and jazz shoes.

The Brazilian Samba Dance Workout technique, requires coordination of many body parts, plus it is rather fast. Yes Samba does require as much coordination of you body parts as posible. So here are some tips for brazilian samba basic technique.

1) Bouncing action is the key for samba basic characterization. Bouncing action is created from bending and straightening of the knees (and compression of ankles) and also raising and lowering of the heel in between the whole counts!

If you want to burn a ridiculous amount of calories while learning how to dance samba like the fit girls in Brazil? Just in time for Carnaval S.F. So come to my Dance Classes in San.Francisco/Oakland and l will be teach you the real Brazilian Samba "no pe" technique and authentic Samba choreography. Samba no pé (literally "samba on your feet") is a high energy dance style that is the most common samba style in Brazil. It is a solo dance that moves with the beat of the bateria drums. This is sure to be the most fun you will have ever experience. Just come a try it out! a great workout!!

Class Schedule:
Class: Brazilian Samba
Day: Friday
Time: 6:30 - 8:00
Studio: B
Ages: All
Price: $12

Class instruction is trilingual (Portugues, English and Spanish)

Website: www.energiadosamba.com


IRINA ESHTA

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Biography:Irina Eshta is an international belly dance artist who was introduced to Raqs Sharqi (oriental dance) in Egypt, began her studies of this art form in Russia, and continued her dance education in the United States.
After traveling across the world and different states of the US, Irina moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011. She has since won several belly dance awards, including multiple titles at the Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition in Long Beach, CA and Belly Dance Queen of Carnival of Stars in Richmond, CA in 2014. For more information, please visit www.orientaldanceartist.com

Class Description:Belly Dance Basics and Beyond is designed to cover basic steps and movements of Raqs Sharqi (oriental dance), as well as to learn new dance combinations and choreographies. The class is great for beginners looking to get started, as well as for more advanced belly dancers looking to practice their technique and expand dance vocabulary. A popular dance form of expression, belly dance has been shown to improve self-esteem and body image, reduce stress, and make you feel good physically, emotionally, and mentally. It is also an excellent cardio workout that can help you get in shape and improve your overall physical fitness. The class is suitable for all ages, body types, and fitness levels. No prior dance experience is required.

Class Schedule:
Class: Belly Dance Basics and Beyond
Day: Thursdays
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Studio: A
Ages: All
Price: $12


METZI HENRIQUEZ

Biography:Ms. Henriquez is a graduate of San Francisco’s School of the Arts Dance Department with extensive training in Modern Jazz Blues, Ballet, Jazz,Modern, Pilates and Dance Kinesiology. After years of formal and classical training, Metzi found inspiration in Afro-Latin dances and began training in Afro-Brasilian dance and folklore with Mestre Carlos Aceituno at Mission Cultural Center and performing with Fogo Na Roupa performing company. Currently she is co-artistic director and choreographer of Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carn avalesco and teaches weekly classes at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

Class Description:Students of all ages and levels are invited to learn the many varieties of Brazilian dance. Accompanied by live percussion, you will dance to the rhythms of Samba Reggae, Samba, Freno, Afro-Bloco and Afro-Brazilian musical forms. Students will learn the fundamentals through warm-up, progressions and exciting Carnaval choreographies.

Class Schedule:
Class: Brazilian Carnaval Dance with live Percussion
Days: Tuesday
Time: 8:15 – 9:30pm
Studio: B
Age: All
Price: $10

Class: Brazilian Carnaval Dance & Percussion
Days: Saturday
Time: 1:15 – 3:00pm
Studio: B
Age: All
Price: $10


RAUL NEVAREZ

Class Description:This class focuses on an introduction to Capoeira through movement and traditional rhythmic steps. The first 40 minutes will be spent learning the basics and fundamentals. The next hour is spent exercising and practicing the movements and kicks, the most important aspects of this art form. Students will learn a series of attack sequences and improve self-defense. Each class will conclude with a group circle where students clap, sing, play music and rehearse the movements they have just learned.

Class Schedule:
Class: Capoeira
Days: Tuesday
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Studio: B
Age: 12+
Price: $10

Days: Thursday
Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Studio: B
Age:12+
Price: $10


ALFONSO OCHOA

Class Description:This class aims to teach piano basics. With an emphasis on rhythm, harmony and note-reading, students will gain a grasp on the musical beauty of the piano. Students will learn techniques for playing both alone or in groups or orquestras. The class focuses on both classic and contemporary music.

Class Schedule:
Class: Keyboard / Piano
Days: Friday
Time: 4:00 - 6:00pm
Studio: C
Age: All
Price: $10



BRENDA PERDUE

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Biography: Brenda Perdue has a long history of cultural and community dancing including instruction from Malonga (African Dance Experience) and Alberta Rose (Afro-Haitian) while completing her Bachelors of Art in Criminal Justice at San Francisco State University. She is currently President and Chief Administrative Officer of her own company and has over thirty (30) years of experience dancing. With a Latina, Spanish and French heritage, her expertise is in the dance styles of Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Reggae/Dancehall, Soca, Bachata, Quebradita, Flamenco, Axe and Samba – together, these form the basis of the dance exercise programs now known as “Zumba.” Zumba classes are taught in English & Spanish. She has experience with and welcomes all people from diverse multicultural backgrounds and/or sexual orientations. Instruction is offered for beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels to match the different types of endurance and fitness abilities of her clients. A component of further body - core - stretching and strengthening exercises that are Yoga, Pilates, and Boot Camp inspired is included in the last five to ten minutes of her class because she realizes clients need to be further prepared to maintain & increase physical abilities. She now specializing bringing her business to your business if interested for employee wellness. Please contact for further information and schedules 415-756-1640. Ms. Perdue is a participant of the Zumba Instructor Network and is certified in the following specialties: • Zumba Fitness • Zumba Toning (light hand weights-light resistance training) • Zumba in the Circuit • Zumba Core • Zumba Sentao (combines strength & resistance with chair as fitness props to activate core) • Zumbatomic (for children)

Class Schedule:
Class: MCCLA Carnaval Contingent
Day: Monday (starts April 6)
Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Studio: B
Age: 13+
Price: $10

Class Schedule:
Class: MCCLA Carnaval Contingent
Day: Saturday
Time: 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Studio: B
Age: 13+
Price: $10


JEFF PIERRE

Biography:Jeff Pierre, born and raised in Haiti, is a young and talented performer specializing in Haitian traditional Music. He has been playing traditional Haitian percussion since the age of three with the most eminent drummers in JAKA, Institute de Danse in Haiti. JAKA is a Traditional dance and drumming company founded by his mother Florencia Pierre who is well known for her beautiful work in the Artistic community in Haiti. At the age of 15 he became the lead drummer at his mother’s dance company JAKA where he played for the dance classes and also for the performances in Haiti and overseas. At a young age he has been traveling with performing art companies. Besides his love for drumming, Jeff really enjoys producing electronic music which started in high school in Haiti. He always wondered how people made these sounds that he would hear on the radio. One day one of his high school friends gave him a demo of Fruity loop software and from there he never stopped his electronic music. His passion for music is a really big part of his life and it’s a way of expressing himself to the world.

When he moved to the U.S, he studied at the school of the arts for two years and was part of the jazz and Latin band. He became the lead drummer of Afoutayi which is a Haitian traditional Arts, Music and Dance company performing at schools, and public events. He taught private percussion lessons to friends while he was in High school then started teaching in summer camps with kids. Being a member of Afoutayi, he began teaching teenagers and adults in workshops. Music for Jeff is an element of happiness and healing. When he touches the drum, he feels alive and harmonious with the universe.

Class Description:Jeff’s drumming class will focus on traditional percussion music from Haiti, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Students need to provide their own drum, conga, or cajon. The MCCLA may loan congas until students are able to purchase their own.

Music for Jeff is an element of happiness and healing. When he touches the drum he feels alive and harmonious with the universe.

For more information: lastanoteguy@yahoo.fr

Class Schedule:
Class: Free Drumming Class For Kids
Days: Thursday
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Studio: Theater
Age: 7-12
Price: Free


JESSICA RECINOS

Biography:Jessica Recinos is a dancer/choreographer/artivist born and raised in San Francisco, CA. At a young age, she was exposed to hip hop culture by her uncle, DJ Mind Motion, and fell in love with it ever since. Her natural rhythm was her teacher and the experiences she had with others shaped her foundation up into her teen years. Since then, she has been teaching classes all over the city for 6 years and training in various dance styles such as hip hop, vogue, house, waacking, groove, samba, and afro Brazilian. She has appeared in music videos for local Bay Area artists such as Favi Estrella, Ms Haze, and Macka. Along the way, she has trained and taught with her beloved mentors and some of the Bays most respected Global Street Dancers such as Allan Frias of Mind Over Matter and Rashad “Soul Nubian" Pridgen. She is also a member of a Bay Area vogue performing house, Haus of Nubenetton. Jessica has traveled to Salvador, Brazil where she taught hip hop dance during a cultural exchange with world renowned Blocos, Olodum and Ile Aye, and trained with various Choreographers and Drum Directors. She also traveled to New York and Florida for further training. Her passion doesn't stop there. She also uses her talents as an all-styles dancer to bring about change to her community through her Involvement with Loco Bloco, (youth development organization that has provided free dance, drum, and Stilting classes for Bay Area inner city youth for 20 years and participates in different community actions and events). She strives to provide youth with the opportunities to participate in the arts that she didn't have when she was a little girl.

Class Description:Adult Hip Hop Class will provide a space for dancers to safely explore their creativity in dance in a supportive and challenging g environment. Dancers will be pushed to the next level each class and encouraged to take risks through challenging choreography and exercises. This workshop will give members of the community a space to truly feel the sensation of dancing and open up that opportunity to heal and believe in themselves.

Class Schedule:
Class: Hip Hop
Instructor: Jessica Recinos
Days: Fridays
Time: 7:00 - 8:00pm
Studio: E
Ages: 16+
Price: $12 drop-in


JULIA RIVERA

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Biography: She has more than 20 years of experience in the floral industry. She graduated from in the floristry department with honors for excellence from City College of San Francisco in May of 2014. She received her post grad certificate in handcraft cultural arts and she is also the owner of her very own floral business Julies Flower Designs. She has volunteered at the San Francisco Garden Club, CCSF Floristry department Greenhouse, and at the San Francisco Flower Conservatory. Through her voluntary experiences she created flower arrangements and decorations for many social events. She previously worked 10 years for the San Francisco Flower Market. Her passion is work with natural and artificial flowers.

Class Description: Students will learn: Body flowers-corsages & boutonnieres (care and handling of cut flowers and styles of plant materials); Vertical, Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, Horizontal, Round, and Vases arrangements; Hand tied bouquets; Wedding cascades; Orientals arrangements; and Sympathy arrangements.

Materials needed: Scissors, floral tape, floral glue, flower vases, ribbon, small pocket knife, floral foam.

Class Schedule:
Class: Flower Arrangements / Arreglos de Flores
Day: Saturday
Time: 3:00 - 5:00p
Studio: B
Ages: 15+
Price: $15


JOSE RIVERA

Biography:Jose Rivera began his studies of Afro-Latin music and culture in his native Lima, Peru. He encompasses various forms of folkloric rhythms of Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Jose Rivera is currently directing Fogo Na Roupa Grupo Carnavalesco Cultural dedicated to the legacy of founder, Mestre Carlos Aceituno. The award winning Fogo Na Roupa consists of a performing company and a Grupo Carnavalesco (Carnaval Contingent) of upto 200 participants of all ages, and backgrounds.

Class Description:The class will focus on Afro-Brazilian percussion and movement techniques to prepare students for parading. The instructor will provide all instruments. By the end of the term, each student will have an introductory understanding of the various rhythms and dances of Afro-Brazilian culture, with a strong emphasis on the styles from the annual celebration of Brazilian Carnival. All ages and levels welcome!

Class Schedule:
Class: Brazilian Carnaval Dance & Drum
Days: Tuesday
Time: 8:15 - 9:30pm
Studio: B
Age: All
Price: $10

Days: Saturday
Time: 12:15 - 1:15pm
Studio: A
Age: All
Price: $10


ZUMBA FITNESS CORE

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Biography: Claudia Rodas has been dancing since she was a young girl in her native country, El Salvador. Her passion and love of choreography and modern dance introduced her to be mentored by one of El Salvador’s most famous and renowned choreographers and dance instructors, Alcides Montoya. Claudia relocated to the United States ten years ago and began teaching Latin dance classes in Columbia, Maryland. In 2008, she became a certified Zumba instructor. Claudia is currently licensed to teach classes focusing on floor cardio, like: aerobics boot camp, Zumba Basic, Zumba Toning (strength class), Zumba Sentao / Core, Zumba Step, Zumba Gold (low impact, senior program) Zumba Kids, Aqua aerobic, aqua Zumba and Body Pump (Lesmils program). Claudia is also certified as an AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, and YMCA Water Fitness Instructor and YMCA Aquatic Safety Assistant. When Claudia is not teaching, you might catch a glimpse of her on television… She is also a freelance reporter for Univision channel 14!

Class Description: Hot new choreography specifically designed to sculpt stronger, sexier abs and provide a solid total body workout. Dance and build your abs with Zumba fitness originals and more smash hits from today’s hottest artist including Enrique Iglesias and Don Omar…. Move to 30+ different dance styles as you work-out, styles include: Brazilian Funk, Celtic Bluegrass, Jive, Disco and Polynesian all focus on your abs. Burn around 600 calories in every class and build your abs at the same time, while you’re having fun!!! In Claudia’s opinion, “Nothing beats the feeling and gratification of seeing a student achieve their health and fitness goals while having fun and enjoying the music.”

Class Schedule:
Class: ZUMBA STEP
Instructor: Claudia Rodas
Day: Saturday
Time: 11:00am-11:30am
Studio: E
Ages: 16+
Price: $12



CALIXTO ROBLES

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Biography:Calixto Robles was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is a painter, printer, and sculptor .. His work, which is inspired by the myths and symbols of the ancient traditions of Mexico, has been exhibited in galleries in Mexico, America, and France. Robles has been a member of the Society of Printmakers of California since 1993 and has taught silk – screen at Mission Grafica since 1992. For more information check, www.calixtorobles.com

Class Description:This class is open to everyone from beginner to advanced screen printer working on paper and textiles. Students will learn all the aspects of screen printing from preparation of positives, to screen preparation, burning of images, registration and printing of one or multicolor images. Studio provides instruction, reclaiming area, screens (used on site), emulsion (for one small screen), exposure unit, and studio space.

Class Schedule:
Class: Screenprinting
Days: Thursday
Time: 6:00 - 9:00pm
Studio: MG
Age: 14+
Price: $17

Class: Screenprinting
Days: Saturday
Time: 10:00 - 1:00pm
Studio: MG
Age: 14+
Price: $17

Materials:
Your image on acetate (2 copies of each image)
Screen (limit of 3)
Emulsion
Newsprint pad
Water base screen ink
*What your printing on:
t-shirts, cloth, paper (limit 25 items per person)
Clear packaging tape and masking tape
Unfortunately we do not provide or sell any materials.
We encourage all new students to come and visit before taking the class.


LOUIE ROMERO

Biography:Latin percussion legend Louie Romero first came to salsa fan’s attention on recordings with Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades, Celia Cruz and on dozen’s of other classic Fania record releases. Now living in San Francisco, Romero leads Grupo Mazacote, one of the areas most respected Salsa and Latin Jazz ensembles. He and his group just released an album, Timbalero.
Make sure to bring your own Instruments.

Class Description:Basic Latin percussion is a class based on the fundamentals of playing congas, bongos, timbales, maracas, claves and guiro. Students must bring his or her own instruments to class.

Class Schedule:
Class: Basic Latin Percussion
Days: Thursday
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Studio: C
Age: All
Price: $12

Website: www.louieromero.com


DORA LUZ SANABRIA

Biography: Dora Luz Sanabria M. A. Is a credentialed Creative Arts teacher with the State of California who has taught older adults and adults with disabilities in the Oakland Unified School District and Senior Centers throughout the East Bay. She has also taught children using art, dance, storytelling, music, song and art-therapy for personal growth, use of cognitive skills, joy and healing. She has brought cultural awareness into her classrooms, especially with the art forms of sculpture, paper-cuts and flower making to enhance her students’ understanding and meaning of Altars for the Day of the Dead festivities. As a performing artist, she has used many cultural dance modes to perform in many venues, including MCC cultural parades. She works diligently and creatively with the Spanish speaking community supporting art and music/choral events and currently teaches art at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.

Class Description:
We’ll be working with multimedia creative art methods using a variety of materials i.e. paints, textiles, paper, clay, flour (for paper machete), paper-cuts, flower making, and other type of art forms.

Class Schedule:
Class: Art & Crafts for Children
Day: Saturday
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Studio: D
Ages: 5-12
Price: $8

Class: Creative Growth through Art
Day: Saturday
Time: 11:00 – 12:00
Studio: D
Ages: All
Price: $8


Gabriela Shiroma y Peta Robles

Biography: Gabriela Shiroma: Director of De Rompe y Raja, a cultural association dedicated to preserve afro Peruvian culture since 1995. Gabriela is also a choreographer, producer, dancer, and cultural activist. She has been teaching and producing afro -Peruvian dance and musical events over 20 years in the bay area.

Biography: Peta Robles: Talented Peta Robles is one of the few most amazing female percussionists of Peru. She was born in Lima, Peru in a family of musicians where she began to play Cajon and other instruments since she was a child. As a young adult, she became the national Champion of Female Percussionists in Peru. She has travelled through Europe, North and South America as ambassador of afro Peruvian music. Peta currently teaches in the Bay Area and plays as an active member with De Rompe y Raja cultural Association (afro Peruvian music and dance ensemble 1995). She has an exceptional charisma and patience in teaching. Peta says “I like every minute that I play Cajon; I like to share and give the world what I know.

Class Description: This unique & fun class intends to combine percussion and dance through learning how to play the Cajon, songs, dances and afro-Peruvian footwork “zapateo”. You will learn Peruvian Valses, Festejos, Zamacuecas, Marineras & Landos.

Class Schedule:
Class:Afro Peruvian Percussion & Dance Ensemble*
Day: Monday
Time: 7:30pm -9:30pm
Studio: A
Age: All
Price: $15
*Students need to bring Cajón


HYEYOON SONG

Biography: HeyYoon Song is a Korean born artist who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 with emphasis in Painting and Print-media. Song has taken extensive courses at the SAIC such as art history, philosophy and was accepted to the advanced painting course early 2011 that allows painters to become independent and focus strictly on painting practices. Song's prints and paintings have been shown nationally and internationally.

Class Description: Class Description: This class is open to beginner and advanced artists interested in investigating the technique of etching. Students will learn all aspects of etching including hard and soft ground etching, aquatint, sugar lift, and drypoint.

Class Schedule:
Class: Etching
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Price: $17

Materials:
Etching ink
Paper (Rives BFK, Arches, Stonehenge, etc.)
Newsprint
Studio: Mission Grafica Studio
Zinc or copper plates
Etching needle



MANUEL SUAREZ

Biography: Manuel Suarez is a performer, teacher, choreographer, and director of Cuban styles of music and dance. He began studying music at the ‘Escuela de Arte’ in Cuba at six years old, at the age of ten, he began to study dance technique via modern dance as well as folkloric and Cuban popular dance. After high school, he continued dance and music studies at the Universidad Pedagógica. It was during this time that he had the opportunity to perform, instruct, and create choreography and music for some of the most renowned national and international festivals held in as well as outside of Cuba. He also had the opportunity to be part of different music and dance troops which resulted in the participation of a myriad of festivals, such as Festival de la Danza Folclórica, Weimilere, and other international festivals in Spain, Italy, Denmark and others.

Manuel was born in Oriente, Cuba. He moved to Havana where he continued his dance education and studied at the Universidad de la Habana. In 1998, he founded his own dance and music company, 7 Potencias where he was the artistic director. Since coming to the USA in 2000, he has continued his art through teaching and performing both nationally and internationally. He has been teaching Cuban styles in numerous universities, cultural centers, schools and dance studios such as University of California at Berkeley, Sacramento State University, San Francisco State University, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Berkeley High School, Alice Arts Center, No Sweat Dance Studio and many others outside of the Bay Area.

Class Schedule:
Class: Cuban Salsa
Days: Tuesday
Time: 7:30-8:30pm
Studio: B
Ages: All
Price: $12

Class: Cuban Salsa
Days: Thursday
Time: 8:00-9:15pm
Studio: B
Ages: All
Price: $12