Raï Dance Workshop with Esraa Warda

July 8, 2023 | 1:00pm TO 2:00pm
2023-07-08 13:00:00 2023-07-08 14:00:00 Raï Dance Workshop with Esraa Warda <p>A dance workshop with Esraa Warda in which participants will learn the basics of Raï movement.</p> America/Los_Angeles public

This event is free and requires an RSVP. Tickets will be released two weeks prior to the event here.

Join us for a dance workshop by artist and educator Esraa Warda. This workshop will explore the movement of Raï, the popular, grass-roots music of West Algeria associated with social protest. Raï music is rebel blues - it challenges the religious, the colonial, the social, and the acceptable status quo and therefore has been historically disenfranchised by colonialists and local Algerian nation-state. Despite its marginalization, it has been a symbol of soulfulness, freedom, and groove. Participants will learn Raï "groove" through rhythmic and fundamental footwork. The workshop is open to people of all experience levels. 

After the workshop, join us for a Raï dance performance at 6 pm by Esraa Warda and percussionist Fella Oudane. No RSVP required. 

Esraa wearing a black dress with her hands on her hips against a blue background