New Class for Fall 2017!

West African Drum and Dance

Art & Poetry is Power

Hip Hop Dance

Hawaiian Hula and Tahitian Dance

  • Toddler Breakdancing

  • Hawaiian Ukulele

  • Capoeria at FOCS ARTS Fest

focsARTS Instructor Profiles

Roldy Aguero Ablao

Roldy Aguero Ablao

Storytelling

Roldy Aguero Ablao is an artist and cultural worker from the island of Guam. He is inspired by the stories and myths of the Oceania, weaving in themes of memory and renewal as an underlying foundation for his practice. Currently, he works at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, working in exhibitions and youth education. He likes cats, thrift shopping and social justice.

Carlynn Newhouse

Carlynn Newhouse

Spoken Word & Poetry

Carlynn Newhouse is an African American poet, activist, actress, emcee, and performer. She was the 2015 Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam Champion and competed in the Brave New Voices poetry festival in 2015 Atlanta and 2016 Baltimore. Carlynn has performed at Seattle Town Hall, Bumbershoot, the Kennedy Center, and others. She writes about love, loss, community, race, gender, the Black Lives Matter movement, mental health, and the life experiences that made her who she is today. You can catch her spitting in the annual Youth Speaks Seattle slam series or sharing love and community during the monthly open mics.

Stephany Hazelrigg

Stephany Hazelrigg

Poetry

A lifelong artist, organizer, and youthworker for nearly 20 years, Stephany Koch Hazelrigg lives deeply and directly from her belief in the radical power of art and community to create space, healing, and change. Stephany has worked as a facilitator, teaching artist, creative education consultant, community organizer and advocate within multiple community centers, organizations and institutions throughout the Pacific Northwest. An organic poet, painter, performer, and textile artist she knits her inherent artistry for living and learning into all she creates. As a genre and gender blending XicanX Stephany’s heARTistry often exists in and explores the intersections of identity and power within individuals and institutions. She is a mother to a most amazing four year old human, hugger, and artivist.

Afua Kouyate & Aboubacar "Boka" Kouyate-Griot

Afua Kouyate & Aboubacar "Boka" Kouyate-Griot

West African Dance & Music

Afua Kouyaté, is one of Seattle’s treasures, renowned for building cultural pathways for youth and families in African culture.

Originated from a big Griot family, “The Kouyates” of Guinea, West Africa.

This family has a big obligation for everyone. A big story of the Manding cultures of West Africa.

Husband, Aboubacar is an energetic composer and is currently creating music daily. He is an versatile artist who plays Balafone, African traditional drums; djemebe and doundoun), guitar, piano, trap drums and he is a professional singer.

Gnankoumandouwa is a traditional performance company of master drummers, dancers, singers and family members. Gnankoumandouwa is an intergenerational group for formation and connection about the west African traditional music, song and dance being offered at its best, based in Kankan, Guinea. It has expanded from an all family company to now for those of high artistic achievement and status within Guinea, West Africa.

Rayann Kalei Onzuka

Rayann Kalei Onzuka

Hawaiian Hula and Tahitian Dance

Rayann Kalei Onzuka was born and raised in Wai‘anae, O’ahu and began dancing at six years old. Beginning at 13 with Polynesian Dance Troupe Ma‘ohi Nui, Kalei performed professionally in shows across O’ahu and on tour in Japan as well as competed in island-wide Heiva. She trained with the Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus Hawaiian Ensemble and performed in the 2008 Rosebowl parade and Disneyland parades. From her move to Washington in 2009 until 2016, Kalei taught originally choreographed Tahitian, hula, and Samoan dances at Seattle University for the Hui ‘O Nani Hawai’i club. Kalei is a teaching artist with Arts Corps, Seattle’s largest arts program providing equal access to arts in schools with students of predominantly low-income communities of color. Most recently, Kalei founded Huraiti Mana, a Polynesian dance troupe to empower students through lessons in dance.

Angel Alviar-Langley

Angel Alviar-Langley

Hip Hop Teaching Artist

Angel Alviar-Langley (aka ‘Moonyeka) is a queer Filipina-American street dancer who utilizes art creation and organizing to realize a more inclusive and intersectional world for the communities she comes from. Moonyeka is also a choreographer and dancer of Au Collective – a dance collective that puts women, queer folks, and POC at the forefront. As a street dancer, Moonyeka participates in local and national dance battle competitions and exhibitions with her crew, Shadow Shifters. Recently, she was an invitee to MEMPHIS vs EVERYBODY battle exhibition.

Daniel Pak

Daniel Pak

Ukulele Instructor

Born and raised in Kāneʻohe, Hawaii, Daniel grew up playing the piano and ukulele. Pak is the lead singer, writer and composer for Seattle reggae band, Kore Ionz, and has shared the stage with international artists, such as The Wailers, Third World, Steel Pulse and Katchafire. Kore Ionz will perform at Bumbershoot this fall for the third year and have had radio play with in-studio performances at KEXP and numerous Hawaii stations.

Pak is a teaching artist at local public schools with Seattle’s largest arts program, Arts Corps, promoting social justice and access to the arts alongside the finest musicians in Seattle. Pak founded a youth-run All-Access music studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in W. Seattle and co-founded non-profit music production program, Totem Star, to teach in Seattle schools and King County job readiness programs for adjudicated youth.

Mestre Silvinho Dos Reis

Mestre Silvinho Dos Reis

Capoeira Instructor

He has dedicated 23 years of his life to Capoeira Angola. He started capoeira with Mestre Rogerio, Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1986 and as Mestre Jurandir’s student he was the leader of FICA-BH for 8 years.

In Belo Horizonte he has taught for social programs created by the city council such as Homeless People and for street kids, named Kids in the Park. There he also taught for a Youth Project created to teach African Brazilian music, drums, and dance known as Tambolele.

Tia Maria Gomez

Tia Maria Gomez

Spanish Story Time & SONG

Tia Maria Gomez. Maria is an Interpreter for Kent School District and a Seattle Public Library Story Time Teller. She has a love for early education and all children. Maria has served the community as a Preschool Teacher, Nanny and is a mother of two. Maria is from Mexico and is a Native Spanish speaker and is a bilingual English speaker. She has over 20 years of experienced teaching children.

NOTICIAS GRANDE! Español Tiempo de Cuentos y canciones comenzando mar 10 de marzo - 28 de abril De 10 - 11 a.m.. $ 5 drop-in en Cornerstone Cafe.
Todosa los martes con Tía María Gómez: Intérprete para el Distrito Escolar de Kent y Seattle Public Library Tiempo de Cuentos Teller. El profesor preescolar, niñera y madre.

Anna Banana Freeze

Anna Banana Freeze

Toddler Breakdancing

Mom. B-girl. Massive Monkee & Vivid Vixen. Founder of Mini BREAKS: The Original Hip-Hop Dance Class For Toddlers + Preschoolers at Massive Monkee’s The Beacon. Anna has been breaking since 1998 and is such an inspiration for youth, waddlers to grown. She is a world-class internationally acclaimed b-girl and is a legendary dance teacher.

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