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Afrobeats vs. Trap Dance Workshop

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Eastside Arts Alliance

2277 International Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94606

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Two Instructors. Two Styles. Two Regions. One Root. One People. One Love.

Ebonie Barnett- Baddest Bay Area Hip Hop Dancer
Nkei Oruche- Afrobeats Dance Extraordinaire


EBONIE BARNETT
Ebonie Barnett is one of Bay Area's most dynamic Afro Diasporic dancers. Born in San Francisco, California and raised by her grandmother in Richmond, California, Ebonie began studying dance at the age of five at the Art of Ballet School of Dance. From eight years old she began training at Dimensions Dance Theater Rites of Passage dance Program (DDT), learning Guinea West African dance, Hip Hop and Haitian Folkloric under the direction of Latanya Tigner and other well-renowned instructors and choreographers including Alseny Soumah, Colette Eloi, Roquisha Townsend, Kendra Kimbrough and Valerie Sanders.

A true product of the Bay Area, Ebonie is well-versed in various urban and street styles. Her passion and experience combined with her dance training has her craft expanded and firmly rooted bringing her to performances with Sean Kingston, Culture Shock and E-40. Barnett's dance prowess has been exhibited on the stages of 49ers and Warriors half-time shows and the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival to name a few.

Ebonie is currently teaching and mentoring at DDT and Oakland Middle School. With her work she channels her experiences as a tool to empower Black and Brown youth to embody leadership and autonomy of a culture that is rightfully theirs.

NKEI ORUCHE
Nkei Oruche is an Igbo-Nigerian performer, educator, and producer specializing in street dance and music styles from Africa and her Diaspora. As a choreographer, dancer and performer she has enthralled audiences from street corners, to house parties to the stages of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Oakland Museum of California, Yoshi’s SF, Dance Mission Theater, the Independent, the Mezzanine and the California Academy of Sciences. Nkeiruka has performed with Magic System, Les Twins, Amara Tabor-Smith, Zakiya Harris & Elephantine, MJ’S Brass Boppers, and is currently a front-person for Gbedu Town Radio, a live ensemble of dancers and musicians covering Afro-diasporic street and club music.

In 2016, she directed Bacchanal de Afrique-Til’ Dance Do Us Part, a tongue-in-cheek dance-theater piece narrating urban African life stages via a soundtrack of Afrobeats, Azonto, Turf, Second-Line, and Dancehall, against a narrative of Black empowerment.

Currently, Oruche is focused on expanding and sustaining grassroots change-making and community resiliency through the production, performance and embodiment of art and culture. She is a co-founder of BoomShake, a community organization that uses street drumming as a tool for cultural survival and social justice, and the artistic director of Afro Urban Society, a meeting place for urban African art, culture and people.

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