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Sundays, 2:00 - 3:30 PM, beginning January 28, 2024

Everyone is welcome! Come and enjoy this African dance class that infuses traditional dance with modern, contemporary, and urban dance moves. Students will enjoy a mixture of dances that span the African diaspora. This afro-fusion class is designed to strengthen the student’s ability to adopt a range of styles, get an understanding of how these movements are connected, enhance rhythm, coordination, and balance, and increase overall stamina. This class will help you feel comfortable in your body, express yourself, and get your groove on with your dance community! Get ready to sweat, workout, and enjoy the sounds of drumming and popular African music, and most importantly… have fun!


Level: All Levels (14 years old & up)

Dates: Sundays, January 28 - March 17, 2024

Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM (5:00 - 6:30 on March 17)

 Cost: $20 per class adults; $15 per class youth 14 - 18 years old 
**All fees to be paid upon registration**

Location:   Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Binz Building
                  1012 N Orange, Sarasota Fl, 34236


About the Instructor: 
South Carolina native, Monessa Salley, has been with Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company for five consecutive seasons, dancing, performing, choreographing, and teaching. She also has served as Production Lead for the past two seasons. In addition to her work at SCD, she is a teaching artist for New College of Florida, an adjunct dance educator for the Booker High School VPA Dance Department, and serves as an Arts Integration Teaching Artist for several organizations including The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Wholehearted Education, and Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative.  Salley enjoys choreographing for musical theater, and recently served as Assistant Choreographer for West Coast Black Theater Troupe. She began training in dance at a young age and is well-versed in a variety of genres.  She holds a B.A. in Dance Performance from Winthrop University and a Masters of Education in Divergent Learning from Columbia College. After continued education and serving as a certified Dance Educator and Theater Production Manager for 12 years in SC public school, she went on to pursue her MFA in Dance Performance and New Media at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, where she performed with NYU’s Second Avenue Dance Company. 

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