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. 

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