DTBK Presents: Bare Feet Brooklyn - Moroccan Chaabi with Esraa Warda
Join the host of Emmy-winning travel series Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, as she brings some of her favorite dances to Downtown Brooklyn! Enjoy a cultural journey through music and dance, and of course FUN! This year, we highlight dances from the African Diaspora. Everyone is welcome to join on the dance floor!
This will be happening every Thursday in August. Here’s the schedule:
August 5: Moroccan Chaabi with Esraa Warda, in collaboration with Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance
An exclusive dance experience exploring one of North Africa’s popular traditional dances, Moroccan Chaabi. Chaabi means ‘of people’ and represents the culture, voice and spirit of the people. While this dance has some similarities to Middle Eastern belly dance movements like shimmying the hips and waist, Chaabi is decidedly African. Set to the sounds of live percussion, as is common with African-rooted dance traditions, Moroccan Chaabi is body positive, women-centered, improvisational and communal.
August 12: Line Dancin’ Downtown with Kadie, in collaboration with Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance
Experience the funk and spirit of Line Dance! Perfect for all levels and a great way to socialize with your friends! Kadie starts off with a demo and then moves into a warmup with classic, well known line dances like the Wobble, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, followed by more complex dances like K-Wang Wit It, Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Really Care About Us and I Can’t Get Over You!
August 19: Garifuna Dance with Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company featuring Felix Gamboa
Of Arawak Indian and African descent, the Garifuna population was originally from the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and were exiled to Belize and Honduras in 1797. Since 2009, Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company has created visibility and awareness of the Garifuna people in New York by showcasing their rich culture through music and dance.
August 26: Soca with Careitha Davis, in collaboration with Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance
Representing Trinidad and Tobago, Soca powerhouse Careitha Davis mixes traditional folklore with popular dance styles, bringing the dynamic Caribbean energy of carnival season to Downtown Brooklyn. This performance will be followed by a short lesson featuring group movement to embody the spirit and history of Soca music. This is all done to the latest Soca hits and live percussion for you to enjoy, dance and sweat to.