Ya Kos is the Susu word for "now." Life's most memorable moments are accomplished when we are present to one moment ... NOW. Much like life's moments, if we are not attentive to the rhythm, we are off beat and out of sync. This class will explore being entirely present to the rhythm and how it connects us to the wholeness of our senses, other dancers and musicians. Balafonist, Alya Sylla and percussionist, Isa Rios will blend world rhythms for dancers to experience via dance. Kim Porter will teach choreography inspired by West African, Latin American world dance and mindfulness meditation. Ages 13 and up.
When: Tuesdays in February from 6:30pm-7:30pm. February 7, 21, 28.
Where: JUMP Move Studio on the 5th floor.
Cost: 4 session monthly pass $60. You may pay a drop-in fee of $18 at the door. Check the ticket to see how many spaces remain in the class.
What to Expect: Wear clothes you can move in and bring a water bottle. Dancing barefoot is recommended but not required. We have limited changing room space and do not have lockers for personal items at the moment so please plan accordingly. Check our FAQs below for any further questions.
Kim studied dance all of her youth. It wasn’t until later adulthood she realized a certain kind of joy was missing. Kim began studying West African music and dance 7 years ago. After 2 internships with professional dance companies in Guinea, West Africa, she began to teach. “African dance has taught me that rhythm grounds us in the moment and connects people to each other.” Kim is passionate about creating a dance class in which students and musicians experience the energetic exchange that heightens movement in the body and play on the instruments.
What inspires you?
“I am inspired by the culmination of live music and dance. 100% in-the-moment awareness is required for live music and dance to feed each other. Magic happens in the energetic response between dancers and musicians.”
Isa attended multiple performing arts academies throughout is education in home state of California. After specializing in various percussion instruments, he completed his first tour at 14 and collaborated on his first album at age 17. He has been involved in numerous genres of music on the scene in Boise and is currently an instructor at Boise Rock School.
What inspires you?
"I find inspiration at the edges, in direct experience with what feels vulnerable – this is where I feel most alive! I am inspired by stories of resilience, scars and wrinkles, by creative expression and the quality of progression, hard work and flow."
Alya comes from a long lineage of balafon players in his native country of Guinea, West Africa. He began playing balafon at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Alya started playing professionally at age 20 for a variety of Guinean ballet companies which took him on tours through Africa, Europe, Canada and the US. He has now lived and worked in the US for 6 years playing in bands producing music ranging from traditional African to Latin fusion and reggae.
What inspires you?
"I’m inspired by human’s innate attraction to music. The natural tendency is to go closer.”
What is JUMP?
JUMP – or Jack’s Urban Meeting Place – is a not-for-profit, interactive creative center and community gathering place in the heart of downtown Boise. Please go to jumpboise.org to learn more.
This class is out of my price range, what can I do?
Offering affordable opportunities to everyone in the community is a key priority. We appreciate your patience as we work to develop a scholarship program.
Do you have accommodations for people with disabilities?
Absolutely. We support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and encourage participation by everyone. If you require special accommodations to participate in our programs or use our facilities, please email email@example.com.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
You may bus, bike, drive, walk, skip, etcetera. Check Boise's bus schedule at valleyride.org. We love bikers and have beautiful bike racks to secure your ride throughout the facility. Apologies, but our parking garage is still under construction and we do not have on-site parking at the moment. Paid parking will be available in the future. Parking options include the BoDo parking garage at 9th and Front and the garage by Hotel 43 located at 234 S 10th Street and Front. Please use the crosswalk at 9th and Broad Street to access JUMP. ADA parking available onsite, please email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the refund policy?
We depend on your enrollment for a successful class so please plan your schedule carefully. Classes which do not meet minimum enrollment are subject to cancellation. Refunds are issued in full if the class or program is cancelled, if you cancel at least seven days before the starting date of the class, or for documented medical reasons.
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