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RECAP | Dive Deeper: Afro Dance Edition with Danaite Gebremeskel | Hosted by More Than Movement

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

On behalf of all of us at Rae Studios' More Than Movement, we want to thank everyone who attended Dive Deeper: Afro Dance Edition with Danaite (she/her). We are grateful for all of our students that traveled near and far to pour their heart and energy into this 2-hour workshop! Thank you to Danaite for sharing her artistry and knowledge with our dancers. We can't wait to host more Afro Dance workshops with her! Lastly, a big thank you to our sponsor Eclipse Foods for providing delicious plant-based ice cream!

Danaite kicked off the workshop with a discussion about the history of Afro Dance and further resources to help people along their Afro Dance journey. She taught movements from West, East, South & Central Africa, before combining everything into a beautiful choreography to "Energy" by DJ Tunez, Ashanti, and Adekunle Gold.

You can find more information about Afro Dance on our More Than Movement Resource Google Document.

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Our Teacher: Danaite Gebremeskel (she/her)

  • Weekly Afro Dance classes at Rae Studios on Fridays at 6:30 PM

  • Bi-Weekly Afro Dance classes at In The Groove on Thursdays at 7:00 PM

Event Staff: Lexi (she/her) and Kristie (she/her) of the More Than Movement Committee, and our studio host Tashi Cowan (she/her)

Operations Team: Jessica Rae (she/her), Diamond Thrower (she/her), JJ Ghera (they/them), and Andy Blake (he/him).

Photos/Videos found here! Tag: @raestudiossf , @danaite_96 , @lexinut7 (photographer/videographer), and @angryjazzhands (photographer/videographer) #MoreThanMovement


-Past Event Workshop-

About the workshop: Afro Dance is a huge umbrella term for the movement that is driven and influenced by African Heritage. This style may have originated in the motherland but has expanded bigger than our imagination, tracing all the way back to before, during, and after slavery. In this class, Danaite (she/her) will be going over movements driven from West, East, South & Central Africa. Afro Dance is also influenced by places such as the United Kingdom, Asia, and even the Caribbean where this style is practiced and shared. She will cover history, foundation, technique, freestyle, choreography, and many more tools you can use in and outside of the class.

Date: Saturday, February 4th, 2023 from 2:30 - 4:30 PM PST

Location: Rae Studios, 414 Mason St. 705, San Francisco, CA 94102

Hosted by the More Than Movement Committee. Learn more about their work.

Tickets: Register on Eventbrite or using your MindBody App.

Workshop Details:

Date/Time: Saturday, February 4th | 2:30 - 4:30 PM PST

Ticket Options:

  • $35 Early-Bird

  • $40 Drop-In

  • $25 Members Access (Register through MindBody)

#DanceforAll -Want to do marketing, admin, or operations work for Rae Studios in exchange for workshop credit? Email to learn more about our Work Exchange program.

Registration is required for this event.


Meet Danaite:

Danaite is an Afro dancer and choreographer based in the Bay Area. She started doing and mimicking traditional and Hip-hop dance styles at a very young age. After her mother’s passing, she continued to grow more and more love and attachment for dance.

After years of researching and studying, Danaite still continues to learn about the style and spread the history & culture of Afro Dance. She hopes to someday travel and learn more in hopes of inspiring the whole world to do the same along the way.

Danaite is involved with Afrobeats Oakland, Dynasty Dance Crew, and Auxiliary Dance Team.

Follow on IG: @danaite_96


Tickets: Register on Eventbrite or using your MindBody App.

Registration is required for this event.

Tickets: Register on Eventbrite or using your MindBody App.

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