Juneteenth Celebration Workshop: Haitian Folkloric Dance (Adults, In-Person) w/Portsha Jefferson


at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center (2704 Alcatraz Ave Berkeley, California 94705)

This workshop introduces the technique of Haitian Folkloric dance. Representing various nations such as Mayi, Ibo and Nago, each dance has its own distinctive character, choreography and spirit. Expect a high energy class in celebration of a rich, spiritual tradition. Great for dancers of all backgrounds and levels. A dance experience guaranteed to UPLIFT, INSPIRE & INFORM! 

Portsha Terae Jefferson has a 25 year history of performance, choreography, research & travel passionately rooted in African/Caribbean dance, drumming and spiritual traditions. Hailing from a blazed Dance trek, her Dancestory is truly emblazoned by that of Ancestral commission. She began her formal training at the age of six at the Marsha Woody Dance Academy. From Beaumont, Texas to the Bay Area, Ms. Jefferson also revered as "Zetwal Ashade Bon Manbo," has cultivated a trajectory of dance excellence, dynamic performance and a cultural legacy of training, education and cultural exchange.

Often nurtured by Bay Area Dance luminaries Lynn Coles and Blanche Brown to name a few, to Haitian Dance Masters such as pioneer Vivianne Gauthier with consistent training at Ecole Nationale de Artes [ENARTS], transcended through the establishment of Rara Tou Limen Haitian Performing Company in 2004.

As a cultural practitioner and visionary, Ms. Jefferson's dedication and exploration of Haitian culture have brought her to Haiti, where she has traveled throughout the country to research regional dance, rhythms and musical traditions since 2003. Specific interest and concentration of study took place in Gonaives at Lakou Badjo, where Nago (Yoruba) traditions are preserved, and at Tanp Souvenance Mistik, a Vodou community that celebrates its Rada (kingdom of Dahomey) heritage. Ms.Jefferson's visionary artistic leadership and RTL Company's unforgettable presentations, classes, workshops, festivals and retreats, have garnered her the attention as respected colleague and established cultural gatekeeper, forging new trailways through ancient traditions -- staying true to the sojourn carving pathways for many to flourish crossing boundaries and dimensions in the Dance.

Juneteenth Events are FREE for Black identified folks. Choose the pass, "Juneteenth Celebration FREE Pass" at checkout!