Julie Simon -Co-owner of Room/World to dance and director of Tropicaleiza will bring the fire and energy synonymous with Afro-Samba. Master Dancer and Artist Silfredo La O takes us on a passionate ride into the roots of Afro-Cuban dance, and Dancer/Dance Ethnologist Kimberly Miguel Mullen finishes off with Flow, a special Afro-Caribe class that guides students through a creative interplay of sacred and contemporary dance steps, featuring the essence and sensibility of the element water.
You’re going to LOVE this one! Proud to announce the launch of my 2nd Dance Video on My Yoga Online – Samba Your Highest Joy – featuring original music by Dexter Story with Guest Percussionist Mario Pallais! Thank you Green Apple Active for your awesome eco outfits & Yoga Rock Studios for the beautiful space!
AFROBRAZILIAN DANCE CLASS AT HEARTBEAT HOUSE DANCE STUDIO IN ATWATER VILLAGE!
Tomorrow, Saturday afternoon (1/25), Mario and I will be teaming up again to shake up the East side at HeartBeat House Dance Studio in Atwater Village from 5:30pm to 7pm to bring you the best in AfroBrazilian Orixa music and dance!
You don’t want to miss this 1x a month specialty workshop that I will be offering at our beloved HBH dance studio.
Let’s give thanks for an abundant year of music, dance, and culture! It’s been an extraordinary year of connection, travel, and expansion. In dance, there is always room to grow and opportunities to discover new things – and so we did.
In our dance classes we transported ourselves. We played with time and dared to be courageous enough to step into the unknown. Learning new dance steps can be scary! But, we danced anyway trusting that the process would be challenging at times. All along knowing that the rewards of feeling our bodies move in ways we didn’t know were possible would be worth the discipline it took to set us free.
We stepped it up! We took our practice to the next level. We grew exponentially and became freer because of it. I hope we can all agree that this year’s dance classes brought clearly the lesson that profound freedom comes from the structure and discipline required in refining technique. Years ago, my revered ballet teacher, Josie Walsh instilled this concept to me in her teachings and I finally get it! Incorporating more discipline and structure in all areas of my life has brought me greater happiness and freedom.
I am grateful to dance for pushing my boundaries and comfort zones in ways that keep my mind, body, and spirit flexible and agile. Dancing keeps me on my toes and makes life’s uncharted territories less daunting. Life becomes an adventure opening my eyes to greater possibilities.
Warm Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season! We have so much dancing to look forward to in 2014!
Jump up with Kimberly Miguel Mullen and dance up an explosion of color, music, and creativity inspired by the euphoria of Trinidad’s Carnival. Set to original music by Dexter Story featuring Percussionist Mario Pallais, this 30-minute dance workout will give you the energy, power, and stamina to keep your hips, waist and torso swiveling for days!
Happy Spring, Easter & Passover! It’s so good to be home in sunny Los Angeles after a chilly adventure to New York City. Spring is a time for growth and rebirth – a time to shed the old and welcome in the new. As we entered the Chinese Year of the Snake in February, I wish you a year full of renewal and forward movement (the snake cannot move backwards). We will Spring forward with new dance steps, classes & workshops.
Our AfroCaribe dance class in Venice Beach continues to inspire and nourish me. Thank you to creative writer, Khansa Jones who paid a very special homage to our class in her her blog, “The Real Friday Jones.”
I would also like to thank our giving Master teachers, Silfredo La’O Vigo, Juan Carlos Blanco and Richard Marquez for blessing our AfroCaribe Dance Class with your wisdom and grace during the AfroCuban Master Series in March. We honor and value your Culture & Mastery.
I am so happy to resume my regular teaching class schedule this week. See you on the dance floor Mermaids!
Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving! In the spirit of giving thanks, I would like to thank you for gifting me with the ability to share my love of dance with you through my dance DVDs, performances, and classroom instruction. This year, more than ever, I feel the power of community as the backbone of my creativity and the well of inspiration that gives my life meaning and fills me up with love and joy. I am truly grateful for another year filled with incredible dance moments with you.
I am grateful for all the dancers and musicians who show up to class and commit to bringing your very best to the dance floor in Los Angeles, Topanga, Nevada City, Maui and Oakland – my newest home at Capoeira Mandinga! I am equally grateful for the DVD dance community in the US, Germany, Japan, Dubai, Australia, Italy, South Africa, and England for your inspiring letters and messages. I’ve enjoyed corresponding with you and have great hopes of meeting and dancing with you all in person someday – 2013 may be the year!
But wait… 2012 is not over and with 6-weeks remaining in the year, I have prepared an incredible schedule of classes to dance out the year in passion and grace! Below is a schedule of what is in store for us!
Lastly, take a moment to check out my new interactive social media friendly, Kimberly Miguel Mullen Website designed by my sophisticated and talented website guru, Peter Harris at Atomic Design Studios. Now it will be easier for us to stay connected and you can “like” and “share” posts from the website to your very own social media networks.
Love & Gratitude,
DECEMBER 2012 UPCOMING DANCE SCHEDULE!
AFROCARIBE DANCE CLASS IN VENICE!
Weekly Dance Classes Every Saturday
10:40am to 12:10pm
Open / Single Class $20
*Discount 5 Class Card $75
*Expires 6 weeks from date of purchase -No refunds!
We will dance this Saturday, November 24, 2012! In December, there will be 3 AfroCuban Dance Classes with live drumming by Richard Marquez & 2 AfroBrazilian Dance Classes with live drumming with Mario Pallais! See schedule below!
December 1, 15 & 29, 2012 – AfroCuban Dance with Kimberly Miguel Mullen with Live Drumming by Richard Marquez
Richard Marquez is a master drummer, percussionist and Omo Aña (Afro-Cuban son of the drum). Raised by a Cuban father and a Syrian mother in Venice Beach, California, Richard picked up his first drum at the age of two. He went on to study extensively with respected masters of both the Afro-Cuban tradition and American classical technique. Working professionally as a drummer and percussionist since the age of 15, Richard’s greatest honor is his 17 years with the late Cuban legend Israel “Cachao” Lopez, creator of the mambo, with whom Richard recorded multiple albums (including three Grammy-winning) and film scores. Richard currently performs live with Cachao’s band, the Cineson All-Stars, as well as with his own trio, Descarga Moderna, embodying both latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms and vocals. Richard has evolved naturally as a teacher. His clients in the continental U.S. include James Caan and Dustin Hoffman.
December 8 & 22 – AfroBrazilian Dance Workshop with Kimberly Miguel Mullen with Live Drumming by Guest Percussionist, Mario Pallais presenting XANGO, YEMANJA, SAMBA REGGAE!
Mario Pallais, Director of BatukAxe is an Afro-Brazilian group based out of Los Angeles fusing Brazilian, Latin and Reggae sounds. Mario began his musical training at age seven with Cheremoya Escola de Samba. A year later he began studying with Viver Brasil co-founder Luiz Badaró and Mestre King. In 2003, to deepen his knowledge, Mario traveled to Salvador, Bahia, with Viver Brasil to study music, dance and culture with Jose Ricardo Sousa, Daniel Sousa, and Mestre Marivaldo. Additional training includes study of Afro-Cuban drumming with Roberto Viscaino Guillot. In 2009 he was awarded a Lester Horton Dance Award for best achievement in music for dance with Luiz Badaró and Jose Ricardo Sousa.
AFROCARIBE DANCE WORKOUT IN ATWATER VILLAGE!
Learn the fundamentals of Afro-Caribbean dance, specifically focusing on the dance and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Explore dance steps and drum rhythms, and body isolations in this all level, non-competitive uplifting and inspiring dance workout class!
Weekly Dance Classes Every Thursday
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Open / Single Class Fee $15 / All Levels Welcome!
No Class Thursday, November 22, 2012 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday!
Please join me for the annual HeartBeat House Dance Studio Holiday Party on Saturday, December 15, 2012 featuring a student performance from my dance class!
TWO DAY AFROCUBAN DANCE WORKSHOP IN NEVADA CITY & GRASS VALLEY!
This AfroCuban dance workshop will focus on the polyrhythmic movement based on the scared Yoruba energies of Yemaya, the Oricha of Ocean and Universal Mother and Babaluaye, the Oricha of Disease & Healing. We will culminate the workshop with the joyful Conga Carnavale dance of Comparsa.
Monday & Tuesday – November 19 & 20, 2012 at 530 to 7pm
Drop In Fee $20 / All Levels Welcome!
Live Drumming by Gary Greenberg and Group!
Sponsored by K.S.K Dance Cooperative / For More Information Contact Diana at 949.294.5036
Monday, November 19 – 5:30 to 7pm
226 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Tuesday, November 20 – 5:30 to 7pm
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center
410 South Church St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
AFROBRAZILIAN ORIXA & SAMBA REGGAE DANCE WORKSHOP IN OAKLAND!
Kimberly Miguel Mullen offers an inspirational sacred and joyful AfroBrazilian Dance Workshop exploring the polyrhythmic Orixa movement and the celebratory Carnavale dances of Samba Reggae!
Wednesday, November 21 – 7 to 8:30pm
Pre-Registration $20 / $25 at Door
All Levels Welcome!
To Register Contact: Jazz Baptiste, 510.379.6465 or email@example.com
Sponsored by Capoeira Mandinga Brazilian Cultural Center & Jazz Baptiste Productions
Private Lessons or Semi Private Classes are Available for Discount Prices In December & January for new Students! Take your dance skills to the next level. Private lessons are catered to the individual needs of each dancer. Private lessons are essential for identifying old habits, reprogramming and strengthening new habits to promote personal growth in all levels of your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual life.