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Kosmos Camp, a well established, premiere California Dance Camp featuring dance and yoga classes!

Our group of Bay Area dance instructors include some of the finest that Northern California dance has to offer.  With our instructors from the Bay Area dance classes are taught on indoor hardwood and outdoor dance spaces among the Santa Cruz County forest.  Once you have registered you can take any classes offered during the period you have registered for.

Weslei Guimaraes- Samba

Weslei Guimarães is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and native of Rio De Janeiro. He is living in the USA as part of BrasArte’s artist-in-residence program. Weslei teaches a variety of dance styles from Samba to Baile funk across the Bay Area, with a focus on Brazilian partner dances, and to dance enthusiasts of all ages.  In Brazil, he is a national Bolero champion, winner of “Estilizando Bolero” in 2016. He has also appeared on the hugely popular Brazilian TV programs Esquenta! and Encontro com Fatima Bernardes, and in Rio’s Carnaval as a dancer in many “comissões de frente” of escolas de samba.   Here in the US, Welsei has appeared as a performer in productions like the CubaCaribe Festival, Sambrazil! (performer, choreographer, assistant director), and Yemanja Arts Festival, as well benefit concerts for KPFA and DACA support services. He is also in his second year as choreographer and leader of the first Samba de Gafieira section to be presented at San Francisco Carnaval.

downloadDudley Flores- Contemporary

Dudley Flores is a native of San Francisco has been active in the Bay Area dance community for over a decade. He has worked with Paco Gomes (Afro-Brazilian), Micaya (Hip Hop) and Ann Barrett (Jazz) and is currently a dancer with Robert Moses’ KIN, Printz Dance Project, RAWdance and is an Isadora Duncan Award winning company member with Garrett + Moulton Productions.  Offstage, he is an active committee member for Bay Area Dance Week, and is the Artistic Director and Master Trainer for the Rhythm & Motion Dance Program at ODC Dance Commons.  Dudley has been a dance educator since 2000 and pulls knowledge from his training and performance in contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop, ballet and musical theater.  He believes in creating an environment where dance is a therapeutic release from the day to day.  His classes are high energy, and are a place to work deeply, make mistakes – fearlessly, have fun, let go and enjoy the process.  Watch Dudley’s Kosmos Camp class here. 

Micaya-  Hip Hop

Micaya is a dance instructor, choreographer and producer extraordinaire. Formally trained in many diverse dance forms, she incorporates a wide range of diversity in her choreography and teaching styles.  Micaya’s hip hop dance classes are LOVED by many students of all ages and backgrounds due to her exceptional teaching skills and the non-intimidating atmosphere she creates In her classes. In 2012, she was awarded “Best Dance Teacher  ” by the the SF Bay Guardian Readers Poll.  Micaya created the First Annual San Francisco Hip Hop DanceFest in 1999 at Theatre Artaud. The critically acclaimed San Francisco International Hip Hop DanceFest has grown to be THE event that has put San Francisco on the map for presenting hip hop dance. Micaya is also the founder, director and choreographer of SoulForce Dance Company. Micaya’s choreography and SoulForce dancers have been in music videos, commercials, touring productions, festivals, corporate events and more. In addition she produces and directs the ahow “Mission in the Mix” every June. Mission in the Mix is a multidisciplinary show that features SoulForce Dance Company, Micayas’ students and local performers of all genres.

 

Naby Bangoura- West African Dance

Naby Bangoura learned traditional West African dance during village ceremonies and celebrations in Guinée, West Africa. At the young age of fifteen, Naby started dancing professionally with Les Merveilles de Guinée, founded by the late world-renowned dance choreographer and artistic director Kemoko Sano, with additional leadership by the Yamoussa Soumah and the late Moussa Camara.

In 1998, Les Merveilles brought him to perform in major venues throughout the United States. Known for his energetic and fluid dance style and soaring spirit, master dance teacher Naby Bangoura has been performing and teaching high energy West African dance, Guinée style, in dance studios and dance workshops all over the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, and Guinée.  

 

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Rena Marie Guidry- Street Jazz

Rena Marie has been an actor and dancer for over 30 years, in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, salsa, liturgical, and samba. She has done music videos, commercials, and films, has performed in self-produced dance theater productions, and been a part of several theatre ensembles. She has also been a guest performer for both Sambaxe, and the Latin Dance Grooves ensemble. Rena Marie has led high-energy, packed classes with Rhythm & Motion since 2011. She is also a trained Drama Therapist, with a MA in counseling psychology. She uses this training in her artistic work with youth and adults. Rena Marie believes the arts are inherently therapeutic, and can be used to bring about healing and wellness.

Solo 4Aimee Rose Zawitz- Tropicali Dancehall

Aimee Rose Zawitz is a proud native San Franciscan and a lifelong passionate dancer. She believes life is a dance and no matter what you are doing you can alway employ the mentality of a dancer: strength, grace, creativity, and energy.

She specializes in Jamaican Dancehall, Indian Bhangra and Bollywood, Brazilian Samba, Haitian Folklore, and dabbles in Cuban Salsa and folkloric dance.

Aimee currently teaches all around the Bay Area including with youth leadership program Loco Bloco; directs her own dance company, The Trapsettaz; is part of D.A.M. Daring Arts Movement, a performance artist collective; as well as a dancer for Joti Singh’s Duniya Dance & Drum Company SF, Kiss Kiss’ On Fire Gyals Kingston, JA, and Queen Latesha Promotion Kingston, JA.

In the past, Aimee has danced with Valerie Watson’s Alafia Dance Ensemble, Djenane St. Juste’s Afoutayi, Temistocles Bentancourt’s Grupo Nago Experimental, Susana Arena Pedroso’s Dance Company, Katy Barnhill Rous’ World Dance Fusion, Tanilee Amor’s Amor Do Samba, and

was a featured dancer with the band Alta California.

Jennifer Greenlee- Yoga

Jen Greenlee, born and bred in San Francisco, is overjoyed to bring yoga to Kosmos Camp attendees. While she is a certified teacher of hatha, vinyasa, and therapeutic yoga, she’s also a perpetual student of dance (first with her mom in the kitchen), having studied Afro-Brazilian, Haitian, belly dance, jazz, hip-hop, and modern (even Irish step!) at the beloved ODC, Dance Mission, Mission Cultural Center, and many other studios over the years.  Thanks to the support of her gifted yoga teachers past and present, she offers guidance, focus, and harmony to each class.  With uplifting music and fluid movements, her classes give dancers a chance to bring out even more energy and ease, which will keep them dancing forever!  She currently teaches at Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and ODC Commons.