Buena Vista Social Club: A Night of Afro-Latin Dance
Friday, March 22nd 6-8pm
Join Aroha Latin Dance at Black Creek Arts Council for a night of learning, dancing and fellowship! Adalia from Aroha Latin dance will offer an hour lesson that will include the basics for 3 different dance styles. The class is laid back and welcoming! We encourage single ladies and men as well as couples to attend! Included in your tuition is open dance time, social hour, and a signature cocktail (or mocktail).
The founder of Aroha Arts Collective LLC, Adalia Ellis-Aroha, was born in Hartsville, South Carolina and has been dancing since she was a child. Naturally drawn to dance, as a teenager she participated in grassroots performing arts groups that focused on using dance to address issues of social importance such as racism, the equality of women and men, and substance abuse.
As a teenager, she found an additional outlet for her creativity as a writer of poetry and performing Spoken word pieces in coffee shops. While attending Coastal Carolina University she was first introduced to Latin Dance in the living room of her best friend and wrote and performed her first choreopoem, “My Dear Mother Africa”.
As a young adult, she traveled the world and it was during her travels that she honed her skills as a Latin Dancer and became a certified instructor under the tutelage of Son, Na-Ri of SalsaIn Academy in Seoul, South Korea. While in Seoul, she also partnered with MIZY, a UNESCO foundation, and facilitated and directed a program called “HipHopucation”. This program followed the roots of modern day Hip-Hop from Africa to present day. The collective artistic work of her students culminated in a performance for the public.
She continues to be dedicated to the skill and craft of dance instruction which is reflected in the efforts she has made to learn from those who are “Masters” in their respective dance genres. She recently completed 60 training hours receiving certification in Black Belt Salsa with Edie “The Salsa Freak” and is a Black Belt System franchise owner. She attended Alex and Desiree’s Instructor course and received certification in Beginner Instruction for Dominican Bachata. She has also received training in Bachata from Jose Parades of JP Dance. She received training in beginner Kizomba with Kimberly Nicole of Kizomba RDU and instructor training with Lucia Nogueira.
Aroha Arts Collective is dedicated to offering quality instruction and creating safe, welcoming spaces for people to learn dance, create poetry and perform Spokenword.