World Music & Dance Camp: June 17-21 | Ages 6-14 years, 9:00am-4:00pm, $175 Celebrate a world of dance in this camp where kids get to sample dance styles from across the globe including Samba, Salsa, Hip Hop, Hula, Irish Dance, Hoop Dance and lots more. There will be a show for parents and friends on Friday at 2pm and are invited to be part of a community performance at 6:00pm (each dancer gets 2 comp tickets to the show, otherwise $10 gen, $5 kids). No experience needed, but this year we’d like to offer more options and challenge for those who are excited to learn more! Bring your water bottle and be ready to DANCE!!!
Spring 2019, we piloted a 3-part series to demo all of our classes and highlight our instructors. Our classes focus on cardio, choreography, lengthening, strengthening and conditioning all while moving to popular grooves. Our homes will be in public parks, on beaches, Synapsis in Eureka and Redwood Raks World Dance Studios in Arcata although we hope to partner with many more studios and organizations in the area! We received a lot of positive feedback from surveys and on a scale of 1 to 5 ( 5 being the highest) and here is what we found:
Rated FUN: 90% of our pilot participants rated us ‘5’ for fun
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: 50% of our pilot participants rated us ‘3’ and 25% rated us ‘4’ for level of difficulty.
We also received compliments that our instructors/classes are patient, enthusiastic, rocking and spiritual. Want to help us grow? We’d love your feedback so please take our survey: https://forms.gle/7h4senQv1iZeSRgx8
Afrocentric yoga that teaches that movements have purpose
Most people think that yoga comes from Asia. Kemetic yoga, however, is one of the original practices of yoga. It originates from ancient Egypt, the proper name being Kemet. What differentiates Kemetic yoga from other types is that it’s a series of geometric postures, almost like there’s math in every movement.
Humboldt State had a Kemetic yoga class taught by Dionna Fletcher as part of Black History Month. This was Fletcher’s first time directing a Kemetic yoga class after completing her training in Jamaica last month.
We sat in a circle as she directed us through each posture. All were welcome, and students trickled in and joined the circle. Kemetic yoga has a breathing pattern to implement purposeful breathing: inhale, pause, exhale, pause. Each of the movements were done three times, following the geometric theme of the activity. Many of the names of the poses were slightly different from what we’re used to hearing. For example, the normal sitting pose is called ‘sesh.’
“It’s a black practice that needs to be spread,” Fletcher said. “It offers something to the POC community that Asian or Indian yoga does not.”
Fletcher has been part of a series of fitness sessions going on around campus and town. The series was compiled by Chryste Johnson, interim coordinator for the African American Center of Excellence (AACE). Johnson named the series Soul Fitness as a way of representing people of color during Black History month, and intended to bring in new forms of movement that people haven’t heard of.
“It’s a black practice that needs to be spread. It offers something to the POC community that Asian or Indian yoga does not.”Dionna Fletcher
It is a three-week compilation of different forms of movement. Johnson explained that there’s been hip-hop cardio, there will be a steppin’ class and it’s the same series that made Love Ya’ Self Queen.
HSU student DiOria Woods was one of the students who attended the series.
“I’m a dancer, I’ve never heard of this kind of yoga and I like to try new things,” Woods said. “I’m part of the culture center and I wanted to actually interact with these kinds of events.”
Though it was a small class, it was a relaxing thing to get into after the stress of the day. Fletcher made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable. Even at the intermediate level the people in the class felt comfortable to do the poses no matter how hard it seemed.
Nicole Lamperti was another student that joined in on the Kemetic yoga class.
“I’m in a world cultures class and was curious about this kind of yoga,”Lamperti said.
The lights were off, letting the natural light come in from the sun setting through the windows. This created a more relaxed feel to the class. In the background, Fletcher played music by people of color, supporting the idea of loving yourself and putting yourself first.
Kemetic yoga brings a new form of movement to a common type of activity. Yoga is done all over the world but can be done in different forms. Kemetic yoga reminds us to be purposeful in our movements and reminds us about the different places we come from.
Silvia Alfonso is from Marin County, and is a Journalism major and DJ on KRFH, Humboldt State’s student-run radio station. Alfonso is also a part of KRFH’s talk show segment, Talx. She has previously worked on El Leñador, HSU’s bilingual newspaper on campus, and used to write for her high school’s newspaper.