June 1st – July 30th: Afro-Brazilian with Metzi Henriquez of Fogo Na Roupa

December 25, 2023


News, Workshops


Afro-Brazilian Community Class
with Metzi Henriquez of Fogo Na Roupa
Saturdays, 1-2:30pm
Tuesdays, 8-9:30pm
June 1st – July 30th ONLY! 

Cost: $18 (cash) or $20 (credit card)
Please note: no refunds/cancelations/exchanges; DMT class packs accepted.

Sign-up here!!

Class Description: 
– Explore Afro-Brazilian dance with Metzi Henriquez and Jose Rivera of Fogo Na Roupa. You will learn movements coined by award winning SF Carnaval Grand Champions Fogo Na Roupa celebrating the different styles of samba including Afro Samba, Samba Reggea, Samba no pe and Samba do Roda. The classes include an Afro-Contemporary warm up, progressions and Orixa inspired movements. The class is for all levels of dancers and will include live drumming directed by Jose Rivera, Fogo Na Roupa musical director.

Artist Bio: 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.

Company 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.

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