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Spring 2013 Dance Letter

Kimberly with the Father of AfroCaribbean Dance, Baba Richard Gonzales at Peridance in NYC!
Kimberly with the Father of AfroCaribbean Dance, Baba Richard Gonzales at Peridance in NYC!

Dear Beloved Dance Community,

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!

November, 2012

GRATITUDE FALL DANCELETTER 2012

Dear Beloved Dance Community,

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!

Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Ave
Venice, CA
90290

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!

HeartBeat House Dance Studio
3141 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 669-2821

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
Haven Underground
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!
Live Drumming!

To Register Contact: Jazz Baptiste, 510.379.6465 or jazzbaptiste@yahoo.com
Sponsored by Capoeira Mandinga Brazilian Cultural Center & Jazz Baptiste Productions

Capoeira Mandinga
4137 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611

 

AFROBRAZILIAN DANCE WORKSHOP IN MAUI!

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – December 11, 12, 13
Open Single Class $20 or $55 Discount for 3 classes
Live Vibrant Drumming!

Contact Rada for more information: 808. 757.1470 or radadancer@gmail.com

Tuesday & Thursday, December 11 & 13 – 6 to 7:30pm
Makawao Union Church
Baldwin Road 2 miles North of Paia

Wednesday – December 12 6:30 to 8pm
Maui Yoga Shala
381 Baldwin Ave, Unit A
Paia, HI
808.283.4123

 

HOLIDAY DANCE GIFTS TO YOURSELF AND/OR YOUR LOVED ONES!

DISCOUNTED PRIVATE LESSONS / SEMI PRIVATE CLASSES!

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.

To Schedule A Private /Semi Private Lesson: contact Kimberly.

CUSTOM MADE FOLKLORIC DANCE SKIRTS MADE WITH LOVE BY ME!

To schedule your custom fitting: or mail@kimberlymiguelmullen.com

AWARD WINNING DANCE WORKOUT DVDS BY KIMBERLY MIGUEL MULLEN!

AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE THROUGH ACACIA OR AMAZON!  

Click on the images below for more information

June, 2012

Spa + Afrocaribe Dance November, 2012

CASA VELAS RESORT PRESENTS
SPA + AFROCARIBE DANCE

with Kimberly Miguel Mullen
November 1 – 8, 2012
Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

Relaxing, rejuvenating and beautifying Spa treatments + a personalized Brazilian Body and AfroCaribe fitness technique regimen with the internationally recognized choreographer and dance ethnologist Kimberly Miguel Mullen + personalized menu of gourmet Spa delights prepared by acclaimed chefs to nourish and heal from within.

For more info contact me or
download the press kit

 

Come Dance With Me in Ojai!

AfroCaribe in OJAI on Saturday, July 14th from 11am to 4pm!

One day / One Class + Lecture / Picnic / Evening Trip to Hot Springs (Optional) @ The Ojai Foundation

*Note Dance Class at the Electric Lodge will be canceled!

Workshop Fee: $100, Pre-Register by June 30
Optional Overnight Yurt Accommodations:
$50 Double Occupancy, $100 Single Occupancy

To Register Email Me

March, 2012

Yemanja: Mother of the Deep

You’re Cordially Invited to the World Premiere of Yemanja: Mother of the Deep, an inspirational performance piece; a creative interplay of music, song and dance that will engage and transport its audience on a journey evoking the transformative spirit of the sea.A Solo Dance Performance By Kimberly Miguel Mullen, Featuring Live Music Created by Mia Doi Todd & Alberto Lopez.

Mia Doi Todd
Mia Doi Todd

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY!

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 8pm (Reception to follow. Food Sponsored by Axe Restaurant.)

Saturday, March 31, 2012 – 8pm
Sunday, April 1
, 2012 at 6pm
Saturday, April 7
, 2012 at 8pm
Sunday, April 8
, 2012 at 6pm

ELECTRIC LODGE
1416 Electric Ave.
Venice, CA 90291

GET TICKETS

General Admission – $20
Seniors, Children and Students with ID – $15

Yemanja: Mother of the Deep Kick Starter Fundraising Campaign.

Check out or Video Online!!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/317931985/yemanja-mother-of-the-deep

Please help us raise $5000 to pay for the production expenses for our show. We have raised $1210 towards our goal of $5000 with 18 days remaining! l am also thrilled to announce the addition of two new Sponsors for our event – LA’s #1 Dance Fitness Studio Heartbeat House and Venice’s delicious Axe Restaurant will be donating food to our opening night reception on Friday, March 30. If you haven’t donated already, please know that your support will go towards our overall Vision for uplifting and educating lives about world art and cultures through live music and dance performance. We are offering various levels of donations including: name mention sewn into the art installation for the Yemanja altar at the performance venue, autographed posters, private lessons, AfroCaribe dance class packages, dance dvd packages, private performance, etc. Any level of donation is greatly appreciated. Thank you dear dance community.

AFROCARIBE CLASS UPDATES!

Live & Breathe AfroCaribe!

A 3 Day AfroCaribe Music & Dance Retreat with Kimberly Miguel Mullen in Beautiful Ojai.

Memorial Day Weekend!May 26, 27, 28, 2012

The Ojai Foundation

Immerse Yourself In SACRED Music, Song & Dance! Join internationally recognized choreographer and dance ethnologist Kimberly Miguel Mullen for a transformative Three Day AfroCaribbean Music & Dance weekend retreat inspired by Nature set in beautiful Ojai, California. Nestled on 40 acres of sacred sustainable land, the Ojai Foundation is an educational sanctuary and incubator for personal and collective growth that serves to inspire, transform and nurture all who visit.

  • Dance with Nature
  • Rejuvenate your Soul with Live Polyrhythmic Drumming
  • Discover Your Voice through Sacred Songs & Joyful Singing
  • Connect to a Beloved Community
  • Eat Replenishing Vegetarian Meals
  • Elevate Your Understanding of AfroCaribbean Culture
  • Cultivate Personal Body Awareness

All Levels Welcome!

For Inquiries & Registration: Contact Naguine, 818-602-1129, mail@kimberlymiguelmullen.com

AfroCaribe Presents A Specialty Dance Class with Master Teacher, Silfredo La’O Vigo

Offering instruction in Afro-Cuban Haitian Dance…

Saturday, March 31, 2012 @10:40 to 12:10pm

Electric Lodge

1416 Electric Ave, CA

BIO: Silfredo La O Vigo is a Professional dancer in the Afro-Cuban and Haitian tradition, Popular Latin dances and Modern. A graduate of the National Schools of Art in Havana, he toured professionally with Cutamba: Ballet Folklorico Afro-Cubano for five years and with the Modern dance Company ODC/ San Francisco from 2001 until 2003. He now resides in San Diego and currently teaches at UCSD and Palomar College.

Kimberly Teaches AfroCaribe Trinidadian Carnival Dances in the 2012 Music Center’s Event “Taste of Dance”

Downtown LA
Sponsored by The Music Center

Saturday, March 31, 2012

11:30 to 1:30

Presenting AfroCaribe Trini Carnaval Dances

February, 2012

KMM Returns to Nevada City for a TWO Day AfroCaribe Dance Workshop

Monday, February 27, 2012 @ 7-8:30pm
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 @ 5:30-7pm (Party To Follow!)

St. Joseph Cultural Center
410 South Church Street
Grass Valley, CA

November, 2011

KMM’s Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body

Featured in SELF Magazine
November 2011 Issue

Features a great review by
Dancing with the Stars‘ Winner, Kelly Monaco!

Singer/Song Writer Mia Doi Todd’s releases “Canto de Iemanja”

Featuring Choreography and Performance by Kimberly Miguel Mullen