join melissa corpus for samba no pe workshops at uma!
June 26, 2021, 5pm-6pm
Beginner Samba no pe Workshop:
Get ready to shake your hips! This class will give students a solid foundation in the fundamentals of samba while exploring its many expressions: folkloric samba de Roda, glittery, elegant Rio-style “passista” samba, playful, jazzy “malandro” samba, pop-style “pagode,” samba from Bahia, African “samba afro,” and more. This type of samba should not be confused with “ballroom samba,” so no partner is necessary.
June 26, 2021, 6:15pm-7:45pm
All-Levels Samba no pe workshop:
Whether you are a seasoned Sambista or new to Samba, there is something for everyone in this class! We are going to focus on Rio Style Samba no pe and bringing the performance element to life! You can expect Samba drills, progressions, sequences with playful footwork, and lots and lots of Samba! This type of samba should not be confused with “ballroom samba,” so no partner is necessary.
Join Acarajè, Philadelphia’s Afro-Brazilian Bloco for a summer Samba no pé Workshop taught by Mestranda Melissa Corpus.
Melissa is a Professional Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer in Austin, Texas. Since 2010, she has been teaching Samba No Pé focusing on footwork, technique, and the joy of the Brazilian spirit.
She has traveled to Brazil and throughout the United States to study and train with mestres such as Patrick Carvalho and Rosangela Silvestre. She has paraded in Rio de Janeiro with the legendary Escola de Samba, Mangueira.
Melissa has worked with Austin Samba, the largest samba school in the United States, as a choreographer, director, and principal dancer.
In 2016, she founded MeliSamba,
a group of professional Samba dancers in Austin, Texas. http://www.melisamba.com/
Join us Saturday, June 26th at Urban Movement Arts to expand your movement practice with an incredible instructor!
All levels of movers are welcome!
A Note From Vince (Owner/ Founder):
Well folks, it seems as if we have come to a crucial turning point in Philly's reckoning with COVID-19. It is great that the city is experiencing good progress with getting numbers down. On June 11, the city announced significant lift on mask and capacity requirements. See here and here for more info. Although we are happy that the city is offering our community the opportunity to return to a mask free experience, we acknowledge that we have a diverse community representing different perspectives and needs surrounding health and wellbeing. Therefore, our response to the city's updates are in an effort to support and accommodate our clientele in a way that is inclusive, fair and mindful. The decisions below also reflect that we are a youth education facility and the new mandates present some incongruencies for an organization like ours that features youth and adult education. We will proceed with the following policy.
UMA Updated Mask Policy Effective Now
1. Masks are optional for vaccinated individuals. We ask that individuals that are interested in participating without masks provide an official documentation that proves full vaccination. Proof of vaccination only needs to happen once and can be done via showing a photo of the certificate on your phone. People that are not able to provide proof of vaccination are asked to wears masks while participating at UMA.
2. Unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear masks during classes inside at UMA.
This current formation of policy is temporary at UMA. Our current approach is designed to be a transition period. It is our goal to move towards full relaxation of mask mandates and other related COVID policies. So we hope that you will be patient in our effort to move collectively in this direction. Our hope is that we will reach yet another significant milestone between July and August.
We appreciate all of the support you've given during the COVID dilemma. So many of you have stuck by us through these challenges. And if you've been with us, we are confident that you share in our sense of growth and resilience. Many thanks.