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Malonga Casquelourd

The great American dancer Martha Graham(1894-1994) once said; " Dance is the hidden language of the soul, of the body." Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance. There is that potential for a great moment whereby  through movement you achieve an integration of mind, body, and spirit which is truly transcendent.
These pages promote your active participation in the dance of life. You can find many way here to develop your dance moves or an opportunity to make plans to go to a festival and "just dance."


East Bay Dance & Rhythm LINK Directory
East Bay classes on CraigsList.com
Find plenty of dance and rhythm options s.f. bayarea craigslist >east bay > classes

Dancer's Group
Offers resources for dancers and a calendar of events in the Bay Area.
Companies, classes, concerts and more.
California Lawyers for the Arts
A non-profit service dedicated to helping arts organizations of all disciplines.
Dance Groups in the East Bay by Yahoo!
The Northern California Lindy Society
Dedicated to the grandaddy of swing dances.
Alegria - The Mexican Folklorico || Links || Calendar of Events
FHome of Los Danzantes de Alegria and Grupo Folklorico Mexico Tenochtitlan.

Dance News Feed



Aquarela || Samba classes
Call (510) 548-1310 for more info.
Maria Sousa is a native Brazilian dancer and performer who has featured in many Carnaval productions both in Brazil  and the USA. Her group, Aquarela, is the preeminent Brazilian dance ensemble in Northern California. The group performs regularly at public and private events nationwide and abroad.
Maria Sousa (Carnaval Queen 1995), along with colleagues Silvana Sousa (Carnaval Queen 1996) & Iya Claiborne teach at 5 locations in 4 Bay Area Cities:

  • Finnish Hall, 1819 10th Street, Berkeley 
  • YWCA Berkeley, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510.848.6370
  • Pitt's Martial Arts Academy Oakland
  • Club Fusetti -San Rafael
  • Dance Mission - San Francisco

Carlos Aceituno’s artistic background encompasses  Latin, Afro-Brazilian, Jazz, modern, and African music and dance. His 15-year commitment to Capoeira and leadership of his teacher, Mestre Preguica, has further enriched his students. In 1989, he formed the award winning Carnaval Group Fogo Na Roupa. Oakland classes take place at Citicentre Dance Theatre Oakland.
510-464-5999 Class Schedule

Brazilian Dance Classes with Conceição Damasceno at World Dance Center
510.528.1958 || brasarte.com || 2001 SFGate Article

East Bay Festivals
People's Park Celebration
- Berkeley: April
Annual celebration of People's Park, with Peace Parade, music and more.

Interfaith Pagan Parade
- Berkeley: April
A celebration for those who follow "those who follow indigenous tribal polytheistic Nature-based and Earth-based beliefs."

Live Oak Park Fair
- Berkeley: June
Free Jazz Festival

Chinatown Streetfest
- Oakland: August
Covering 10 city blocks with 300 booths the Oakland Chinatown StreetFest annually draws crowds of more than 100 000 for the two day event

How Berkeley Can You Be?
- Berkeley: September
Parade and Festival encourages "Beserkly" residents to look in the mirror and laugh.

East Bay Dance Companies & Instructors

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company
Led by Dr. Zakarya Sao Diouf.  Mrs. Diouf currently teaches: African Arts and Culture at Berkeley High School for five periods a day, 400 to 450 young teens at Wajumbee Cultural Center in San Francisco, Citicentre Dance Theater in Oakland, Laney Community College, Coura's Summer Youth Empowerment Program taught by the Senior Members of Diamano Coura Courses include a "Rites of Passage" for girls ages 12 - 17 years.

Total Rhythm
Rhythm naturally exists in all of us - there are NO EXCEPTIONS! Our mission is to provide all the tools necessary to help students get in touch with their own rhythm, and use it's incredible power to improve their lives. Founder Bobby Wallace believes in the incredible power of rhythm to spread joy, togetherness and positivity.
3001 Jordan Road, Oakland, California USA 94602
Phone: 510-482-8005   Fax: 510-482-5362

Savage Jazz
Performances, bios, reviews, and classes.

Nguyen Dance Company
Danny Nguyen's history, performances, and classes.

Dandelion Dance Theater
"Postmodern dance company" also offers classes and workshops.

Rebecca Salzer
"The queen of comedic dance" also teaches modern dance classes.

Capoeira Mandinga 
Group trains with Mestre Caveirinha, Marcelo Pereira in Berkeley.

Axis Dance Performances
Developed by dancers with and without disabilties.

Omega West Dance Company
founded to express the spiritual, human, social, and healing dimensions of dance; and to bring dance into religious observances and in concert for all settings including the liturgical framework.

Classes and Dance Centers in Oakland, Emeryville & Piedmont

Congolese Drum and Dance Workshops
Originally taught by Malonga Casquelourd, a distinguished African choreographer, dancer, master drummer, singer, actor and teacher. Since his passing in 2003, the class has been taught by other Congolose born teachers. In Conjuction With Fua Dia Congo at Alice Arts. 1428 Alice Street, Downtown Oakland. (510) 451-1230 or (510) 562-0831

Allegro Ballroom
Emeryville Non-profit, membership dance club open daily for dance lessons, practice and parties.s

Katherine Davis
Katherine Davis Dance and Pilates studio.

Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts in Oakland.

Classes and Dance Centers in Berkeley & Albany

The Beat
Dance lessons include Salsa, Samba, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Zydeco and more. Eddie Brown (July 27, ?--December 28, 1992) performed for more than 50 years in a career that spanned the U.S., Canada, and Africa.
2560 9th St. Berkeley (510) 548-5348

Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
- Offers classes in ballet, modern, and jazz dance.

Nice link list for more music and dance resources. Wide range of classes. Great party space and beloved community center in Berkeley.

Julia Morgan Center for the Arts
Classes, programs and events

Classes and Dance Centers in Richmond & El Cerrito 

CK and Betty Ladzekpo's Community Workshops
Directed by the great African musician, composer and choreographer C. K. Ladzekpo. Open to the public at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
339 11th Street (at McDonald) Richmond, CA 510-234-5624 
African Music And Dance Ensemble directed by CK Ladzepko.

The Danceasy
El Cerrito - Social dancing and dance instruction in ballroom, argentine tango, swing, salsa, and more.

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (EBCPA)
339 11th Street (at McDonald) Richmond, CA 510-234-5624

Classes and Dance Centers in Fremont, Newark & Union City

Center Stage Dance Studio

- offering instruction for all types of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, swing, cheerleading, and more.


Classes and Dance Centers in Dublin, Pleasanton & Livermore

Rhythm Street Dance Studio
Dublin - Offers classes, workshops, private lessons and dance parties in country western, ballroom, latin, and swing dance.

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Last Update: June 2006 
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