Dance Workshops

The Dance element of GrassRoots is just as central as the Musical base. Most of the music represented at the festival has a parallel dance tradition (or traditions). Dance is an expressive and participatory way to enjoy the festival, whether wiggling in the meadow or tearing it up in the dance tent. We welcome you to move to the music! The heart of the festival is our gigantic, gorgeous Dance Tent, featuring a dance floor and back-to-back bands representing a wide range of genres and styles. We’ve scheduled dance workshops each day with an incredible group of professionals who welcome you to drop by and try out some steps. Curious about swing dance? Want to try the two-step? Up your salsa chops? Hoop to your hearts content? We’ll be offering Salsa, Bacheta, Zydeco, & Hooping workshops preceding some seriously awesome dance bands, so get ready!

2014 Dance Workshop Schedule

Zydeco - If GrassRoots had a definitive pulse it would be Zydeco and the Franks set the heart- beat. Returning instructors from last year and fixtures of the Florida dance world, Jerry Carrier & Jarene Williams will be leading the Zydeco dance workshops, don’t miss out! Dance Tent Friday Saturday 4:00pm

Salsa - Aubrey Griffith-Zill’s workshop will guide you through Salsa fundamentals, technique and footwork patterns. This workshop will lead us through connecting with self, music and floor, and into fundamental partner work with an emphasis on feeling the music and connection with your partner! Dance Tent Saturday 10pm

Hooping - Jasmine Marques, known as WhirlWind in the hooping community, has been hooping since 2006, and has since become an avid member of the Miami hooping scene. Her passion and love for hula hooping have led her to explore everything from teaching hoop classes to performing with fire. Come out for the hooping workshop to give it a whirl. Bring your own hoop or try one of WhirlWind’s Zen Village Stage Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 3:15pm

Bachata -  Bachata is a style of social dance that originated in the Dominican Republic and has grown in popularity around the world. In this workshop we will warm up with the basic elements and fundamentals of footwork and style. Use your new steps and learn how to Bachata dance with a partner. This class will improve your lead and follow, and increase footwork and pattern knowledge. See you on the dance floor! Dance Tent Friday 5:30pm

Chika Moves - Will inspire individuals to get up and get moving. Instructor, Nkachika has studied West African rhythms and dance for almost 20 years and has taught adults, children and teens for over 13 years. Nkachika performs African dance, fitness and creative movement experience, come join her and learn some moves!  Dance Tent Sunday at Noon

2013 Dance Instructor Bios

Aubrey Griffith-Zill is also a professional dancer, dynamic performer and enthusiastic instructor on a global scale. Her unique philosophy, born from a passion in dance, creates a deep understanding of the unspoken communication between movement and rhythm.  She has continued to cultivate a dynamic skill set which makes her one of the most sought after dance professionals today.

Jerry Carrier traces his roots, along with those of Cajun music, back to the original French settlers of Adacia. He found a passion in Cajun & Zydeco dancing and studied under legendary teachers at notable studios & dance camps across the country. Jerry has become a fixture in the dance world in Florida- he was the definitive answer when we asked around for “someone great to teach our Cajun & Zydeco workshops”. He has a welcoming, patient approach, sharing “If I can learn it, anyone can!”

Jerry will be assisted by Jarene Williams, who has a passion for dance that encompasses many genres. She’s studied West African and Caribbean Dance plus Swing, Latin, Zydeco, and Cajun styles. She believes “if you never stop dancing you’ll never grow old” and enjoys sharing her love of music and dance with others. Together they make it simple to learn. Laizzez les bon temps roulez!

Jasmine Marques, known as WhirlWind in the hooping community, has been hooping since 2006, and has since become an avid member of the Miami hooping scene. Her passion and love for hula hooping have led her to explore everything from teaching hoop classes to performing with fire. Come out to the hooping workshop and give it a whirl. Bring your own hula hoop or try one of WhirlWind’s.

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