Community Arts & Education

The CCPA is committed to providing educational activities for all ages and incomes.  Past activities have included  dance classes, drum classes, physical fitness classes, Danceability, classes in the circus arts, music lessons, summer camps for young musicians, backstage sound and lighting classes, volunteer orientations, food and craft shows, public forums, roundtable debates and much more.  If you are interested in having an on-going class, workshop or special event here, please contact booking@wowhall.org

The WOW Hall currently has four ongoing classes (with Dance Empowered occurring three times per week).

Dance Empowered with Cynthia Healey

            The WOW Hall’s popular dance and fitness experience, Dance Empowered, meets at the WOW Hall Saturday morning 9:00- 10:00 am and Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30 – 7:00 pm (when there aren't concerts).  Cost is $8/class or $60 for a ten-class punch card.

Dance Empowered is a group dance experience led by Cynthia Valentine Healey.  Women and men of all ages, dance experience and fitness levels gather for this extraordinary experience wherein dancers are led through accessible dance choreography to music from all over the world.  

From the novice to the seasoned dancer, all belong here. Dancers are encouraged to join the choreography with a "you do you" mentality bringing their own flair and feeling to the moves.  The music and the movements are powerful, emotive, sexy, explosive and inspiring.

Cynthia has selected each song carefully to be evocative and get the group to FEEL into the movements in lieu of executing each step “perfectly”.  People often report experiencing incredible emotional and cathartic experiences.  Cynthia encourages a “don’t hold back” policy and dancers regularly jump on stage to join her in leading the choreography.

Each song in the large and growing repertoire of the class has its own unique choreography inspired from diverse dance styles and Cynthia’s varied dance training background.  While the class ranges in intensity, dancers are encouraged to take breaks and pace themselves in whatever way feels right for them.

The mission of Dance Empowered is to create an inclusive, community-oriented dance experience for the purpose of mutual uplifting, movement of stagnant energy and stress, and fearless engagement in emotional expression through dance.  Dance ability is NOT a requirement.

Cynthia’s full throttle approach to each and every class sets an electrifying tone that keeps the class celebratory and full of exhilaration.  Each class and the remarkable (and huge!) community of dancers who come are heart-forward and the experience is designed to inspire freedom and radical self-acceptance and EMPOWERMENT.  People are encouraged to bring water, wear sneakers with low tread on the soles, and be prepared to sweat and smile your face off.

   

West African Dance Class with Alseny Yansane

   

 

The WOW Hall’s longest running educational endeavor is West African Dance, held every Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Cost is $15 or $12 for students with valid ID.

Join Alseny Yansane of West African Cultural Arts Institute for a fabulously fun African Dance class that welcomes all dancers.  This Saturday class is an excellent way to kick off your weekend with an encouraging community vibe and heart pounding and sweat producing dance moves -- all to the powerful beat of live drumming!

This one and a half hour dance class is a perfect blend of exercise, culture, community and self-expression!  Alseny is an authentic, source artist from Guinea, West Africa who is a beautiful dancer, skillfully executing dance movements with strength and grace.  He is friendly, patient, and encouraging and is excellent at nurturing beginning dancers by breaking down the steps while simultaneously challenging more advanced students to push their edge and become stronger dancers.

These classes are perfect for beginning and experienced dancers alike.  Whether you're looking to improve your technique or just get a good workout, these classes are for you!  

Come experience the joy and passion of Guinean culture that this talented, source artist has to share. 

http://www.westafricanculturalarts.com

Coalessence: Community Ecstatic Dance

 

Held every Sunday morning 10:00 am – noon at the WOW Hall (and Tuesday evening 6:00 – 7:45 at the Vet’s Club) Coalessence is a community of dancers comprised of all ages, sizes, colors and abilities.

“Twice weekly, we gather to explore our own movement to a wild, fresh, and intentional dance set.  Join us in this family-friendly event.  Our circle is warm and open and we welcome people with all levels of experience.

Our Mission: To inspire dynamic dance journeys — sometimes edgy, sometimes easy, always heart-centered — which celebrate and explore movement, connection, and true expression, guided by a rich, diverse soundscape.

“We all hold some facet of the Truth.  Together we are stronger than any one of us alone. When we can stand together in this belief, we can hear our differences as assets and growth opportunities. 

Compassion for self and compassion for others grow together and are connected; finding and recuperating the lost parts of ourself heals everyone.

Let us dance a gentle dance of healing, of peace and loving kindness, of moving a little bit closer to Truth as a human community.”

Cost is a sliding scale exchange of $8-12/ first time free!

 

WEST AFRICAN DRUM

On Saturday mornings from 9:45-10:45  (immediately preceding West African Dance), Fode Sylla teaches a West African Drum Class at the WOW Hall, downstairs.  Cost is $10.00 per class and all levels are welcome.

Fode Sylla lives in the mountains outside of Creswell, Oregon.  He was born and raised in Guinea, West Africa.  As a professional drummer, dancer and acrobat he has performed internationally since the age of 14.  He is currently attending LCC, teaching drum and dance classes and performing as part of the West African Group “Fefafe”.  He derives great pleasure in sharing his rich Guinean culture with his students.

In this class you will learn hand and stick drumming technique and rhythms from West Africa played on the Djembe and DunDun’s.  Playing these polyrhythms in a group is fun and exciting.  This form of drumming creates a sense of healing, joy and unity and when all the parts of the rhythm join in to form one big sound; you will see smiling faces around the circle.

For more information or to reserve a drum please call 707-498-4999.