Tuesday, January 26, 2016

nzoCALIFA on #Dance Shine at Trilliant Studios

*Nzo Califa Dance Works*
   "...where DANCE lives and SPIRIT moves."
next class sessions

                 *Jan. 31 Sun   2:30p - 3:30p   Amethyst room
                 *Feb. 3   Wed  6:30p - 8:00p               " 

               fee:  $12-$15 sliding   info: califa510@yahoo.com

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Students bless the space with Axe' across the #Dance floor
Trilliant Studios, LLC - Oakland, CA 

[video clip by @DiasporaDoll]
Trilliant Studios LLC 
130 Linden St Oakland, CA 94612
off 3rd st btwn Filbert & Chestnut streets
*12 mins. walk from W. Oakland BART

Monday, January 11, 2016

ASA! Kelenya for FUZE Carnival 2016! - VIDEO VIRAL

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

nzoCALIFA goes Congo in Maui 2016

Maui 2016 Feb. 26-March 7th | www.congoleseccamp.org

Mbote ALL! Pretty excited to make a second appearance teaching this year at the legendary Congolese Camp on the enchanted island of Maui, where the forces speak and Cultural kinship elevate! Feb. 26th - March 7th, CDDC celebrates a milestone 20 years, representing an alumni of International Performance Arts Ambassadors from Paris to the U.S. to the Congo.
     Fame and fave Congolese Elders Auntie Yelessa and Uncle Batantou, return to enliven us all in good Spirit, along with dynamic Master Teachers like the incomparable Sister Linda Johnson and Alseny Soumah teaching West African Dance traditions.

Instructors Regina Califa  & Chrysogone Diangouaya 
@Congolese Camp Maui 2010
Stepping up my Service to the #Dance, I'll usher classes teaching Diaspora Dance styles and their Kongolese tributaries via @nzoCALIFA Dance works.  My last experience was sheer inspirational on the morning of a double-rainbow, as we worked undulations and circles team-teaching with Dance luminary Chrysogone Diangouaya, coupled with the stellar talents of Muisi-kongo Malonga.  This year's focus will be on Brasil, I'm known to weave a story sending students upon a Dance journey of cultural symmetry exploring movements from Cuba, Haiti & Peru--ALL things Kongo. 
Can you imagine US Dancing together in a Congolese immersion experience? with a breathtaking view as our backyard and Drums to soothe our Soul daily?! I sure can!Customized packages: short stays,  weekenders & Children; It'll be my #Sweet2016 teaching debut to #DanceMyDestiny 

See My Congo Camp MAUI 2010 Welcome!

Our breathtaking morning view - Camp Keanae Maui, Hawaii

SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE 15% off for Student/Groups of nzoCALIFA contact me today
for more questions and those interested to 
GO CONGO IN MAUI--> email: califa510@yahoo.com
Great flight rates available at Hawaiian Airlines - check in before they fly away. 
~Matondo ma mingui ​
 R. Califa

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Journey of Jubilee: nzoCALIFA #Dancestory

Been doing this #Dance thing for a long time 
according to my Ancestral Grandfather 
Claude Waters, Jr. [iba'e]
     My Mom did too, as a student of 1st Lady of Oakland Dance, Ms. Ruth Beckford and Elendar Barnes who developed Academic Dance disciplines at Oakland's Laney College and UC Berkeley, to starting Fremont High school's 1st Afro contemporary group, and becoming one of Carnaval San Francisco's beloved Bahiana aka Bahiana Pat, of Fogo Na Roupa; Her younger Sister, My Aunt Katie Waters danced with Leon Jackson under the aegis of Elendar Barnes as well. Drum My Pioneering Teachers such as Malonga Casquelourd as well as Marcus Gordon, were Drum Accompanist at Laney. These stories continue to blaze my Dance Sojourn, as I've furthered my steps cross-training between Central & West African Dance genres, to refining movement technique with Dunham & Afro Contemporary styles, to what is often coin-phrased as folkloric.

Invoking deeper questions WHY DO I DANCE? as I began to ask the same of fellow Community   Who are these Ancestors we praise, Dance, Drum and Sing for? 

Whose do you belong to!
#Dancestory2015 bears a repository  Community Family Histories and narratives collected from nearly 50 leading and willing agents, including Master Teachers and Cultural Gatekeepers, who've captured at least 2-3 generations of their Family line.  
3 years later from the inception of nzoCALIFA's #Dancestory, finding temporary residence in 10 cities throughout the United States, attending a host of Family Reunions, [not just mine] conducting research in Libraries and Institutions across the country like: New York City's Schomberg Public Library & NYC Main, St. Louis Harris Stowe Library & Tech Resource, Amistad Research Center of New Orleans, Atlanta's Fulton Public Library and of course Oakland's Main Library and the Oakland Family History Center at Scottish Rite Temple. 
     While reviewing thousands of documents, spanning eras and counties,  I learned upon this sojourn that we have a lot to learn about perseverance.  This has become a daily life task, empowered in faith and daily meditation to guide these works forward. The funding support, positive reinforcement and your investments in every amount continually cultivates wealth building standing legacies.

On the road to not only restore and revive my Family charter, with perseverance and  forward, I am excited to restore and revive the charters of many Families.-- line-by-line, starting with yOUR story. The journey is now enlivened as my cup runneth over with gratitude.

Love and Kinship
Regina "Califa" Calloway
email: califa510@yahoo.com