Akimasa Moore or Contramestre Cravo as he is know in Capoeira circles, has been practicing capoeira for 20 years. Beginning in 1994 Cravo began learning under the world renowned masters Mestre Acordeon, Mestre Ra and the first American woman to be given the title of master Mestra Suelly. Cravo has taught workshops and classes across the U.S. and internationally. Cravo is a Bay Area native and is working to continue this beautiful tradition
Jennifer Meek graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with a concentration in contemporary dance performance. She has had the privilege of performing the works of Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons, Sean Curran, Margo Sappington, Lauri Stallings, Lar Lubovitch and Ann Reinking. While living in Chicago from 2002-2008 she performed with Thodos Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions, Concert Dance and Hedwig Dance. She choreographed a full length original opera on performers between the ages of 14 and 50 and directed a youth dance company with whom she choreographed and taught performance skills. Upon relocating to the bay area she has performed with Kunst-stoff, Capacitor, Moving Arts, and presently with PunkkiCo, Cali & Co, and Blind Tiger Society. In addition to performing she teaches modern and contemporary dance at RoCo Dance and Fitness and her choreography has been presented at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, The Garage, Dance Mission Theater, and Spector Dance’s Emerging Choreographer Showcase. Jennifer is also a certified yoga therapist sharing the transformative potential of breath, movement and mindfulness. For more information on Jennifer’s current teaching and performance schedule visit www.jennifermeek.com.
Classes with Regina Califa are a stimulating Dance-learning experience of guided movement exploration with technique, embodied in cultural enrichment. Formalized in Jazz Dance, Dunham, Contemporary and Ballet, she encompasses a foundation and Ethnography deeply rooted in multi-African dance-drumming-spiritual traditions. Her Oakland legacy entrenched with historical movements of protests to Ritual Street processions empowered her to connect with shared missions “beyond” the Bay Area through Dance Arts. A cultural kinship availedCalifa the unique opportunity to participate in Salvador da Bahia with leading Bloco Afros Ilê Aiyê and Olodum in Bahia Carnaval ’94. Subsequent training included dança contemporânea and Folclórico Mestres: “Mestre King”, Nildinha Fonseca and Professor Zé Ricardo of Balé Folclórico da Bahia. Cultivating cultural initiatives from “Bay Area to Bahia” transcends from time-honored Bloco Afro exchanges with Olodum, Malê Debalê, Muzenza and Timbalada, serving as a model for Community Arts-building upon the Bay Carnaval scene – vested works best exemplified through her Fogo Na Roupa legacy, pioneered by Mestre Carlos Gilberto Aceituno.
Trumpeting 25 years as Carnavalesco, she remains a dedicated Teaching-Artist channeling her gifts building creative artistic exchanges with field leaders through nzo.califa Dance Works including: Loco Bloco, Mo Love Carnaval, Latin Dance Grooves and Samba Funk. #RiteOn
Rebecca Chun has an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa and a BA in Dance, Dramatic Arts from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught dance and yoga to both children and adults in the Bay Area and at the University of Iowa and has performed professionally both locally and internationally. Her research and choreography explore the human condition, and her classes emphasize the unique perspective of each individual. She is interested in peace, equity, and making dances that foster change, bit by bit.