HOLIDAY HOURS: Closed December 22nd- January 7th. Classes resume January 8th, 2023. Happy Holidays!
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ASCENDTIALS Kemetic Yoga
We will be hosting our Kemetic yoga at the WorldBeat Cultural Center. Please join us for this event. Practice bringing more air into the body, clearing blockages, and sequences that build flexibility and endurance. We will be joined by Nigel Zuniga on drums so you might hear the ancestors calling! Come through!
10:00 – 11:30 AM
West African Dance Class
Dumbek Drumming taught by Frank Lazzaro
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Frank has taught middle-eastern drumming for over 10 years, and has released an instructional CD. He is also the drummer for Middle-Earth Ensemble and performs regularly for belly dance shows. He has most recently developed a performance group made up of his dumbek drum students, called “Cairo Beats”.
Class Fee: $15
The goblet drum (also chalice drum, tarabuka, tarabaki, darbuka, derbake, debuka, doumbek, dumbec, dumbeg, dumbelek, tablah, toumperleki or zerbaghali, Arabic: دربوكة / ALA-LC: darbūkah) is a single head membranophone with a goblet shaped body used mostly in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. The African djembe-wassolou is also a goblet membranophone.
The goblet drum may be played while held under one arm (usually the non-dominant arm) or by placing it sideways upon the lap (with the head towards the player’s knees) while seated. Some drums are also made with strap mounts to the drum may be slung over the shoulder, to facilitate playing while standing or dancing. It produces a resonant, low-sustain sound while played lightly with the fingertips and palm. Some players move their fists in and out of the bell to alter the tone. There are a variety of rhythms (see dumbek rhythms) that form the basis of the folkloric and modern music and dance styles of the Middle East.
All Levels Belly Dance Class
All Levels Belly Dance Class with Gloria Lanuza
Technique and Rhythms
This weekly Bellydance class is so comprehensive. In just one hour it covers a full body warm up, discussion of proper body placement and alignment, musicality, Bellydance technique, short dance combinations and a relaxing cool down. Sometimes we also discuss history and current trends. Weekly attendance is recommended
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Every Tuesday at 6pm
Join us for an energizing, heart pumping afrobeats dance fitness class with some Latin fusion! Get your body sweating and shaking to the rhythms of the latest trend and start your Sunday with some of the best vibes in San Diego! The class is free with requests for donations if you are able! Everyone is welcome!
San Diego Taiko Practice
Performance Group Practice for members of San Diego Taiko
Taiko (太鼓) are a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments. In Japanese, the term refers to any kind of drum, but outside Japan, it is used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums called wadaiko (和太鼓 “Japanese drums”). The process of constructing taiko varies between manufacturers, and preparation of both the drum body and skin can take several years depending on method.
The origin of the instruments is unclear, though there have been many suggestions. Historical accounts, of which the earliest date from 588 CE, note that young Japanese men traveled to Korea to study the kakko, a drum that originated in South China. This study and appropriation of Chinese instruments may have influenced the emergence of taiko. Certain court music styles, especially gigaku and gagaku, arrived in Japan through both Korea and China. In both traditions, dancers were accompanied by several instruments that included drums similar to taiko.
An important part of kata in taiko is keeping the body stabilized while performing, and can be accomplished by keeping a wide, low stance with the legs, with the left knee bent over the toes and keeping the right leg straight. It is important that the hips face the drum and the shoulders are relaxed.
Some groups in Japan, particularly those active in Tokyo, also emphasize the importance of the lively and spirited iki aesthetic.
The sticks for playing taiko are called bachi, and are made in various sizes and from different kinds of wood such as white oak, bamboo, and Japanese magnolia. Bachi are also held in a number of different styles. In kumi-daiko, it is common for a player to hold their sticks in a relaxed manner between the V-shape of the index finger and thumb, which points to the player.
Emei Qigong Practice
Wuji Gong Practice led by Master Wendy (every other Saturday)
10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Increase your health and energy. Master Wendy has been studying natural medicine and natural healing techniques since the late 1980’s, and studying meditation and Eastern energetic arts since 1994. She started practicing Qigong while in acupuncture school in 1996. Master Wendy leads a weekly Wuji Gong practice group in Balboa Park, and periodically teaches Qigong classes and seminars.
Free! Promotes health, balance, and spiritual development. WorldBeat Center Lawn
Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used in the belief that it promotes health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi), translated as “life energy”.
With roots in ancient Chinese culture dating back more than 4,000 years, a wide variety of qigong forms have developed within different segments of Chinese society: in traditional Chinese medicine for preventive and curative functions.
There are numerous qigong forms. 75 ancient forms that can be found in ancient literature and also 56 common or contemporary forms have been described in a qigong compendium. The list is by no means exhaustive. Many contemporary forms were developed by people who had recovered from their illness after qigong practice.
Hosted by Silvestre. Come move ‘n’ make music!
1 PM – 3 PM