Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Iba'se, Give Praise to Life: Maya Angelou Apr. 4, 1928 - May 28th, 2014

Thank you for your integral Life steps that shall keep my #Dance vital

Thursday, May 22, 2014

#BomCarnaval2014 Class, Carnaval and Califa onstage - #GivingDANCE

Bom Carnval Good Folks!

Thursday at The WEB Oakland WE TURN UP in Bloco major MASSA style Dancing styles to the Celebrated Ile Aiye, Olodum and Timbalada com muito alegria in honor of this year's Carnaval/Carnival Season. All are welcomed to GIVE #DANCE.
  • The WEB OAKLAND - THURS. 6:00P-7:30P
  • 355 12th st | Discount $60 for 6 /ends May 22nd
  • $15 Drop-in | Discounts for Carnavalescos & Veteran Teachers

Can't make a class join in the exciting nzo.califa news as I join Carnaval-Quente dynamic Brazsilian band SambaDa on  3 stages this weekend; This is where you'll want to be for guaranteed Carnaval Spirit Brasil & beyond! Check dates below and my latest Carnaval San Francisco / Oakland Carnival Updates through"Califa's lens" - if you're on Facebook and Like our works?! then "LIKE" "Nzo Califa Dance Works"

Your sharing of a G[o]od WORD invokes the kind of inspiration that keeps me moving. #RiteOn
com muito Axé, R. Califa
nzo.califa Dance Works

"...where DANCE lives and SPIRIT moves."

#CalifadaBahia94 #40yrsdoIle


R.Califa to Join 


Tour- #BaySTOP -performing ON 3 STAGES 
this Carnaval this Season!!!

 Premiere Pre-Carnaval Festa!
Completely on high this Carnaval Season, join me in Giving #Dance in celebration with "Brazilian Carnaval" at de Young Museum Fri night, then Carnaval stage SAT. @3p and at the premiere destination Carnaval Fest with Hot Band Spectacular SambaDA LIVE! at The Chapel SF, SAT. NITE featuring vocalist Dandha da Hora, Papiba, Dancers, FULL-FORCE Brazilian Band with Bahia sound on Dolby! Details below, #BOMCARNAVAL2014

joined by Regina Califa #GivingDANCE
Friday 5/23/14 @ DeYoung Museum Carnaval! Celebration
50 Hagiwara Tea Green Dr, SF, CA 6P-8:30P Brazilian Night
Saturday 5/24/14: SF Carnaval Stage Show (3pm)
SF Carnaval Stage Show -FREE
@17th and Harrison Street Stage
San Francisco, CA 94110

SAT. NITE Carnaval Celebration at the Chapel w/La Gente
777 Valencia St | Doors open 8P Show: 9P
San Francisco, CA 94110 | $18 adv $20 door
Bold Band, Bateria and Brazilian Dance Show

36th Annual Carnaval Celebration: 
May 23rd - 25th 
2-DAY FREE FESTIVAL on Harrison St btwn 16th-24th streets
Parade: Sunday at 9AM |

Oakland Carnival transcends on Mon. MAY 26th Memorial Day

Oakland Carnival: Memorial Day-Mosswood Park 10:30a-6:00p
MAY 26th -Festival / Stage Performances / Kid Zone -Broadway/Mac Arthur FREE

10a Ancestral Blessing Ceremony 
Contingents Arrive for Parade: RhythmMuse, Karibbean Vibrations, 
Sistas-W-Style, SambaFunk! Carnaval Explosion w/ King Theo 
11:00a  Kids Zone Opens 
Stage Opens w/ DJ FUZE
1:00 -3p
Dance Companies & Bands 
Juan Escovedo Latin Jazz 
SambaFunk! featuring FUNKTERNAL 
Clean Up. 

Oakland Carnival Parade & Festival is being presented with the support of Oakland's District 3 Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney,DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATER, INC.and the City of Oakland's Department of Cultural Arts and Marketing. 
more info contact: CaribelinQ OmniMedia @510.451.6100 or

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Enjoy your #Dance Desserts - WEB-Thursdays with nzo.califa

Let there be JOY in the creative process!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

#Motivation - WEB-Thursdays with nzo.califa

GIVE #DANCE - APR. 17th - JUNE 26th - Carnaval Dance Series:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

...YEESS I took my first Zumba® Fitness class!

...YEEESSS I took my first Zumba® Fitness class after long and arduous attempts by my cousin to get me to go her favorite class, at 9:15am in the morning! Heck, she sent me a free pass, let me select footgear from her sacred vault aaand WE took class together at Hayward's 24 Hour Fitness Center. Arriving 30 minutes early was perfect for me, as it allowed me to stretch contracted muscles and ligaments gained from countless hours on the computer from studying, research and networking. Today marks a preliminary assessment of stepping up my fitness regiment, before taking it on the road into campaign mode [launch May 17th].  As there were no Men today [smile] there were a bevy of Women devotees some late 20's, mostly 30's and upward, predominantly Latina with Asian, and I saw some African-Americans, one of which happened to be a fellow Dancer on the Bay Area Carnaval scene, pretty mixed. A svelte cocoa-colored, hair flying delightfully pleasing Instructor/ Dancer Ms. Tennishia Kirtz entered the scene to a now awaiting class of over 40-- by the end of the class it easily increased past 50.
Swagg music began the movement and then we were off! A great cardio workout evenly paced with easy to follow combos. Tennishia gave you #Dance with authentic enthusiasm and honey she could move and groove without effort - We danced Salsa, Bachata, Soca, Samba Axé, and did a Samba exercise routine for which I was invited to Dance alongside with her - #RiteOn. She worked us in all four directions, calling out and whoop-whoop throughout, as the class concluded with my favorite upbeat song - Pharrell's "Happy" and everyone joined in line Dance fashion.

With a smile still upon my face, some honest sweat along with an honest assessment of the road ahead of me to train and re-condition my body, I did enjoy the class wonderfully delivered by Tennishia. I first encountered Zumba via a prototype VHS tape [you do the math] shared with me by my former colleague Carlos Aceituno, Omulu Capoeira Mestre and Fogo Na Roupa Founder; Beto was a former student and asked him to check it out and give feedback. Although always encouraging, I remark upon our informal critique as to how Carlos was equally impressed in the midst of his dismay as a Dance technician; I chimed in my 5 cents immediately identifying its powerful Marketing potential and predicted it'd be successful, as his package was undeniable transcending studio conformity.

Willa Willis-Jacobs aka Bontle-ZIN 2011
HAH! Zumba® Fitness is a Worldwide International brand and service -- it's the quintessential “Dance-visa” making Dance movement accessible to those who may never thought of themselves to be an Instructor and has extended the careers of many professional Teachers and mid-career Artists. I’ve witnessed more notably in the Bay Area, Dancers of Folkloric traditions continuing to share their expertise and step up the service of #Dance upon the Zumba® scene--Kudos to Alberto "Beto" PérezZumba® Fitness Creator. Shout out to the Bay's Dahrio Wonder, Entertainment Entreprenuer and Recording Artist with Zumba® Fitness mega hit "ZumbaWorld" [click link]  Dahrio "gets it from his Mama",  Zumba® Fitness Instructor Willa Willis-Jacobs aka Bontlea beloved Dance colleague and Teacher.

Really, my endorsement is for those that simply GIVE GOOD DANCE! And YES, Ms. Tennishia Kirtz DID DO THAT - Thank you Zumba Lady and thank you Zini-KT. ~R.Califa

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