Jan 24- March 17: Performance Workshop with Metzi Henriquez of Fogo Na Roupa
Dance Mission Performance Workshop with Metzi Henriquez of Fogo Na Roupa
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 8-9:30pm, Jan 24-March 13
Tech rehearsal March 14 or 15 in the evening (exact time TBA)
Shows: March 16-17, 2024 – Sat and Sun at 7pm
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$200 – Register now
Explore and perform Samba dance in a 8 week Performance Workshop with Metzi Henriquez of Fogo Na Roupa. The 8 session workshop will prepare dancers to present a Samba no pe piece inspired by the popular dance style of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. The workshop will include a contemporary warm up to build proper alignment and parading posture, progressions to encourage intricacy in isolations and footwork to complement the unique parading style of award winning Fogo Na Roupa. The class is for intermediate dancers and will include live drumming directed by Jose Rivera, Fogo Na Roupa musical director.
Metzi Henriquez is a graduate of San Francisco’s School of the Arts Dance Department where she studied under the direction of Elvia Marta and trained with artists such as Michelle Martin (Afro Haitian) and Reginald Savage (Jazz). After years of formal training, Metzi found inspiration in dances of the African Diaspora, and began training in Afro-Brasilian dance and folklore with Mestre Carlos Aceituno, performing with the acclaimed Fogo Na Roupa. She now co-directs Fogo Na Roupa and teaches weekly dance classes at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts with a tenure of 17 years. Her teaching repertoire consists of Steppin’ Out Dance Studio, SF Arts Education, residences and guest artists workshops at Oakland School of the Arts Savage Jazz Summer Intensive, San Francisco School of the Arts Work Music and Dance Department and New World Ballet. Metzi’s choreographies have been featured at Oakland Raiders Half show, SF 49ers pre game show, Ethnic Dance Festival, World Arts West Rotunda Series and SF Symphony 100 year Celebration, among others.
Fogo Na Roupa Bio:
Fogo na Roupa, founded in 1989 is a Bay Area, award-winning, Grupo Carnavalesco and performing company which combines the community’s raw spirit with the technical expertise of its illustrious Founding Director, the late Mestre Carlos Aceituno. The name, which means “Clothes On Fire”, is symbolic of the hot energy generated by the innovative rhythms and infectious dance moves that has created dedicated students and Canavalescos in the greater Bay Area. Under the artistic direction of Jose Rivera and Metzi Henriquez, Fogo continues to fire up the crowds, winning multiple San Francisco Carnaval Grand Championships, , Best of the Bay 2011, and a 2012 “Corazon Del Barrio Award” from Mission Cultural Center. Fogo Na Roupa’s performance highlights include Bay Area opener for Brazil’s popular Olodum, opening for Carlos Santana, internationally acclaimed Brazilian recording artist, Carlinhos Brown, SF Ethnic Dance Festivals, SF Symphony 100th Anniversary, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers halftime shows.