Level – Open
Join us for an uplifting and dynamic AfroHouse dance workshop exploring movement from West Africa, South Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and beyond – combined with House. This fusion workshop is all about developing and enjoying your groove! Inspired by the rich and layered South African music style, we will draw from various African dance techniques and the feeling and vibe that is House movement. Focusing on footwork, flow, self-expression, and collective movement, expect 90 minutes of celebration and stamina carried by the deepest AfroHouse beats.
The class will focus on diverse movement, accessible technique, stamina, and power. Be ready to get high, low, and to handle that biz!
Over the last 10 years living and traveling internationally, she has studied and performed with Irineu Nogueira, and trained with Ronald Brown, Mohammed Dordoh, Youssouf Koumbassa, Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, and a variety of other incredible masters and schools of movement. Having been predominately based in London since 2009, Olissa has become deeply immersed in Afro-fusion movement from Brazil and West and South Africa. The development of her freestyle grew from the conscious communities of the London and San Francisco House scenes. Olissa now teaches workshops across the UK and California for a variety of community groups, festivals, retreats, and studio classes.
Magical connections with dancers, DJ’s, and serious beats, across countless dance floors, has inspired Olissa to combine her love for what these two worlds stand for and focus on their union both in spirit and in form. The celebration of life and its cycles which lives at the root of all African Dance forms and the freedom and acceptance that is House, has Olissa applying her technical foundation where these two worlds meet: Afro-fusion, Afro-House, and Freestyle! Olissa’s energy comes from meaningful connections, diverse travel, and that drum!