Series Lesson: w/ Jonathan Janis
African Groove Steps: Finding your Grounding in the Dance
We will be practicing some turns and basic African groove dance skills, including the rock, spine undulations, grind, boogie and shuffle. Using Franklin Method imagery and embodiment, we’re going to spend time working on the foot, spine and pelvis. We are proud to introduce local musicians Andre & Dante Zapata, who will be joining us playing Guitar and Drums. Don’t miss the next evolution of dance classes: grooving out to live music performed just for us!
Jonathan enjoys teaching and studying dances from the African diaspora like tango, lindy hop, blues, African, as well as modern and ballet. He is a Franklin Method certified educator, and constantly uses imagery and biomechanics to improve dance performance. His passion lies in personal and communal growth through healthy movement; the re-integration of dance, art, and music; and the cultural journey to reclaim our African influences and heritage.
Andre Zapata is an active musician in the Portland, Oregon area. Accomplished on both guitar and electric bass, he has performed and recorded genres including classic soul, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, blues, and pop. Andre began playing live by sitting in at blues jams and open mics at the age of 15. Now, ten years later, he is creating his own distinct musical voice, drawing from the wide range of sounds that inspire him.
Dante Zapata is a well known performing artist in his home town of McMinnville, OR. He has been a performing musician for more than seven years. Playing acoustic guitar and singing is one of Dante’s specialties and he has preformed at many wine bars, private parties, and down town events. Along with playing guitar and singing, he has also mastered drums and percussion is several different styles including rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and funk. Not only is creating music one of Dante’s passions, but he also is an experienced dancer in many different styles. Creativity and tastefulness are with no doubt Dante’s main focus with music and dancing.
Mo Dagan & Gideon Syfrett