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Orisha Dance Class-Adult and Children
Meditative and healing; dance class facilitates traditional Orisha movement for all abilities. The concept of "levels" is replaced with emergent instruction that embraces different abilities and adapts movement to the individual.
Orisha song Class
Powerful and beautiful songs that honor and acknowledge ancient Africanized essence; in the waters, winds, thunder, forests, and much more.
Mark Lilly-Ifeoluwa, a specialist in Afro-Cuban music and dance, has worked with various schools including, Hamilton International Middle School, Tyee Middle School, John Standford, Kimbal and North Beach Elementary Schools; Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University and University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire(with professor Tess Onwueme). Mark also heads the dance company Bembe Olele which he founded n 1993. With a background in special education, Mr. Lilly is highly capable of conducting inclusive instruction. In conjunction with certificated teachers, Mark created an Afro-Cuban curriculum that meets Washington State K–12 Learning Standards. Mr. Lilly has received funding from:
Washington State Arts Commission
National Geographic Education Foundation
NEA Innovations Grants
Jack Straw Foundation
Banff Center for the Arts
La Rumba Dance Class
Mark teaches Yambu and Guaguanco with and emphasis on the "Big 3"
- Quidao por la clave (dancing correctly with clave)
- Body position/proximity- parallel, hinge position, lateral movement (not vertical)
- Development of unique style based on ability and "dance persona".
What People Are Saying
Ihave to say that was the best, most meaningful, most accessible to its actual audience (middleschool kids) MLK assembly I have ever attended. By far. I went to the3rd session, and I noticed that the students were listening and payingattention! The student speakers were awesome. Your address was impressive - potent and to the point, written like itwas by someone who knows how to get kids to listen.
I love Mark's classes, he's a great teacher for all levels and is a wealth of knowledge in the community. .