Join us for this unique offering with visiting teaching artist Esraa Warda! This workshop will explore the movement of Raï, the popular music of West Algeria. 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. Students will learn rai "groove" through rhythmic fundamental footwork as well as aesthetics, posture, and weight transfers
Please come dressed comfortably. Bring regular fashion scarf.