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Go Dance for Change platform brings Urban Dance with Eloy Quezada and Afro-Brazilian dance with Alessandra Azevedo to IMMA Nights! Book your tickets in advance of what promises to be an empowering and fun evening of dance workshops.

Urban Dance Workshop, 6pm
Venezuelan choreographer Eloy mixes a few dance styles from his artistry journey to present. Flavours of commercial jazz, street dance style and hip hop will be shared in this fun and exciting dance session. The class is open for all levels and will have a beginner approach to welcome all the bodies. This is perfect for people with either none or little previous dance experience. This session will work in the basics of dancing and performance with elements such as, grooves, timing, movement quality, choreography, body vocabulary, muscular memory, mobility and stretching.

Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop, 7pm
Dancer and facilitator Alessandra Azevedo will lead us through movements based on Afro-Brazilian historical context as it’s developed as a form of personal and artistic expression in areas where the African diaspora settled. With joy and empowering ancestry knowledge, she invites us to dance and celebrate together the matriarch legacy of Africa. Afro-Brazilian Dance workshop will be a journey to connect ourselves with our body, minds and heart.

This event is free, places are limited.

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Alessandra Azevedo is an Afro-Brazilian dancer, Capoeira performer & instructor from Salvador, Bahia – home to the largest African diaspora population & Afro-Brazilian culture. Her practice is rooted in body movement to promote connections & cultural education, driven by the potential of her Afro-Brazilian heritage. Along with her dance group Criola Dance, Alessandra shares styles from the many African dances developed in Brazil as a form of personal expression where the diaspora settled. She shares the rhythms and dances that developed from these roots that echo the strength, culture, resilience and beauty of ancient communities. 

Alessandra is currently in a collaboration with Dublin Dance Festival with the project ‘Thinking Partnership’ and member of Hive City Legacy Dublin, where she is performing in September this year with Hot Brown Honey at Dublin Fringe Festival 2022. 

Eloy Quezada is a multi-ethnic Venezuelan artist based in Dublin since 2014. He has been always sharing his passion for arts and self-expression through dance. Eloy is an active professional member of Dancer Ireland and founder and Artistic Director of Ethereal Danza Collective, a Multicultural Dance collective with dancers from different backgrounds. 

Eloy is a multi-skilled artist in choreography, performer, mentor and dance video producer. He has taught dance workshops in 8 countries both in Europe and South America, and brings the flavour of his mixed heritage to old and modern dance styles. Eloy hosts weekly dance classes at studios in Dublin city centre and most recently he directed his own show called The Showcase Project at Rua Red South Dublin Arts Theatre early in the summer. 

Go Dance for Change is a cross-cultural platform producing social spaces that use dance as their primary tool to connect people. 

We connect people & performers to new dance opportunities and who wish to engage effectively with and learn more about a diverse and multicultural demographic within Ireland. This is done through a variety of immersive and engaging dance-related activities such as workshops, parades, performances, and online & live events. 

 It started in 2018 focusing on rhythms originating in Africa and from the African diaspora in the Americas, placing a strong emphasis on cultural education, wellbeing, and female empowerment. Its aim is to highlight diverse cultures and its people in the hopes of decolonising the narratives within the dance scene in Ireland. The platform is led by socially engaged artist & producer, Karen Aguiar. 

Learn more about Go Dance for Change here.