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September 26, 2019
September 26, 2019

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Join us for a Latin Jazz class! This class is designed for all levels, from absolute beginner to seasoned dancer. In the spirit of mindful self-awareness, we will use dance to get into our bodies and feel at home in ourselves.  In this workshop, you will develop a simple movement-based creative practice: a moving meditation you can integrate into your daily life, perhaps for a few minutes in the morning, to stretch and open your body while your coffee is brewing. We will use design thinking to explore our range of movement, and sense of rhythm — to notice how one dance pose flows into the next — all through the lens of Latin Jazz vocabulary, set to the intoxicating sounds of 1950's New York Latin Jazz / Mambo, like Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Celia Cruz, and some 1960's Boogaloo from the Fania label (Spanish Harlem's answer to Motown). There is no joy quite like dancing to this soulful, sweet music.  Bonus: the simple dance moves you'll learn can easily be adapted for the club, or your living room. Wear yoga or leisure clothing, and bring socks (or slick shoes) to dance in — dress to feel relaxed and free, with a dash of Beyoncé. P.S. If you're at all intimidated by the idea of taking a dance class — all the more reason this is right for you! About Ashley Joy Sarver Ashley spends most of her time training and performing dance, locally and internationally, with two all-women Latin Jazz (Mambo) dance teams, based in the Bay Area: Karel Flores San Francisco, and The Monarchs. Her love of Latin Dance stems from her addiction to Mambo music from 1950's New York — especially Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. Ashley started dancing ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap as soon as she could walk, and then over a decade ago, in clubs in the Mission, she discovered swing and jazz music, and became obsessed with historic swing dances like the 1920's Charleston, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, and Balboa, traveling from LA to Seoul to Sweden to dance. She then fell in love, hard,

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