BAE Summer Arts: Virtual Classes in Music and Dance
July 14 - August 2
Try something new this summer! Explore the arts.
Bronx Arts Ensemble is hosting a FREE online arts education series during the month of July! Featuring professional Bronx-based artists. Open to all ages!
Learn more about the artists below.
Hip-Hop Dance: Students will learn the concepts of hip-hop & “social” dance styles (Popin’ & Breakin’, Running Man, Butterfly, etc) & their historical origins, particularly as they relate to the Bronx.
African Drumming and Dance: Students will learn the basics of African drumming & dance, focusing on the African drum orchestra and related traditional African dances. You do not need to have drums to participate in his class, just any flat surface/item you can find in your household.
Capoeira Movement: Students will learn the basic concepts of Capoeira: African-Brasilian Martial Arts (Ginga, Meia-lua, Queixada, etc).
General Music/Voice: Students will learn the concepts of basic vocal technique & health (vocal warm ups, scales, breath technique, etc) while learning to sing in the genres of pop, latin, jazz, & traditional chorus.
As an added feature, each video includes a “Bronx Arts and Culture Fact,” celebrating our artistic community and making “Summer Arts” an extension of the culturally responsive arts education programming that we present during the school year in our NYC Department of Education partner schools.
WEEK 1: Music - Traditional Chorus | Victoria Ortiz
Learn and comprehend the concepts of basic vocal health while learning the etiquette of a formal Chorus class. This class will include vocal warm-ups, technique, rhythm exercises, body exercises, and scales combined with vocabulary, as well as music history. Participants will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 1: Music - African Drumming | Djembe - Yahaya Kamate
Students will learn the basics of African Drumming focusing on the djembe, the lead drum of the African drum orchestra and drumming patterns based on a 2/4 notation of rhythm. Students we learn the basic sounds on the djembé: “bass, tone, and slap.” Participant will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 1: Capoeira - Ginga/Meia-Lua | Moses "Bronx" McCarter
Learn the basic concepts of the Ginga & Meia-lua (movements of Capoeira) & absorb the following vocabulary: Capoeira: African-Brasilian Martial Art, Ginga: the basic movement of capoeira, Meia-Lua: the outside-in crescent kick. Participants will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 1: Hip-Hop Week - Poppin' & Breakin' | Christina "CC" Cruz
Students will learn and comprehend the concepts of two foundational hip-hop dance styles & their historical origins, particularly as they relate to the Bronx. Participants will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 2: Music - Latinx Songs | Victoria Ortiz
Learn the rhythm and vocalizations of Latin music and cultural facts that have roots in the Bronx i.e. Salsa and Celia Cruz. This class will also cover “Latin Scales,” old and new Latin tunes & Latin Percussion(rhythm patterns). Participants will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 2: Music - African Drumming | The Dunun Drums Yahaya Kamate
Learn about the supporting bass drums of the African drumming orchestra: dundunba, sangban, and kenkeni drums. Together, this family of drums is the dunun. Students will also learn the basic vocabulary of drumming and patterns based on a 6/8 rhythm and be encouraged to create their own drum patterns. Participants will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 2: Capoeira - Queixada & Benção | Moses "Bronx" McCarter
Learn the basic concepts of Queixada: the inside-out crescent kick & Benção: forward pushing heel kick. Participants will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 2: Hip Hop - Body Rolls-Knees Up with Variations' | Christina "CC" Cruz
Learn and comprehend the concepts of two hip-hop “old school” dance styles. Participants will learn how to execute these movements with rhythms and grooves & syncopated beats, all while having fun. Participants will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 3: Music - Jazz | Victoria Ortiz
Learn basic jazz vocal technique and jazz storytelling through song. This class will touch on the history of jazz music and the African American Community, while demonstrating that jazz and African American music as the foundation of American music. Participants will also learn a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 3: African Dance | Lamban Celebration Dance |Yahaya Kamate
Learn the history and basic concepts of African dance and the steps to the Lamban celebration dance. Participants will also learn a “Bronx & Culture” fact.
WEEK 3 - Capoeira - Esquiva Lateral and Piruetta | Moses "Bronx" McCarter
Learn the basic concepts of Esquiva Lateral: the lateral escape and the Piruetta: the spin/pirouette as well as a “Bronx Arts & Culture” fact.
WEEK 3: Hip Hop - The Butterfly and The Roger Rabbit | Christina "CC" Cruz
Learn and comprehend the concepts of two hip-hop “old school” dance styles. Participants will learn how to execute these movements with rhythms and grooves & syncopated beats, all while having fun.
Christina “CC” Cruz
Christina “CC” Cruz is a Bronx native who holds a BA in Dance from Lehman College. She has trained in various forms of dance since the age of 5 and has a profound love and respect for the arts. Cruz has worked with Bronx Arts Ensemble as a Hip-Hop Dance Teaching Artist since 2016.
With more than 10 years experience in the professional dance world, she has worked extensively with her team (Hip Hop Theory & Each 1 Teach One Dance Series), giving back to the community while helping to shape the lives of hundreds of dancers throughout New York City and along the East Coast.
African Drumming and Dance
Yahaya Kamate is a native of the Ivory Coast. As a former member of the National Ballet of the Ivory Coast, he first came to the United States to honor his country by touring with the ballet in 1994. In 1997, he established himself in the Sunshine State. Kamate performed at Busch Gardens, the Animal Kingdom, and Epcot Center for two years before coming back to New York and the tri-state area where he teaches in both public and private schools. He practices African Dance, Drumming, Modern Dance, and Ballet. Currently, he is an instructor at Alvin Ailey, a performer and dance teacher at Friends Academy, and a Teaching Artist with Bronx Arts Ensemble.
Moses “Bronx” McCarter
Moses “Bronx” McCarter was first introduced to Capoeira in 2001. A year later, inspired by the beauty and complexity of the art, he decided to move to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He ended up living there for three years and trained at Academia Mandinga. It was in Bahia that McCarter acquired the nickname, Bronx, an homage to the borough where he was born and raised. After moving back to New York City, he started teaching and co-created the non-profit organization Capoeira Concepts. He has been invited to Toronto, France, Spain, Prague, Boston, and Atlanta for workshops and events. McCarter continues to teach at high schools in the Bronx and at Senshi Okami.
Victoria Ortiz is a classically trained vocalist, instructor, and entertainer based in New York City. She has been working for Bronx Arts Ensemble as a Teaching Artist and Director since
2014 and has sung all over the city in jazz concerts, musical cabaret revues, operas, and park events, including a performance of the national anthem for the Mets. Ortiz teaches Music in New York public schools, working with children aged 5-18 on voice and technique, along with choreography and acting. Ortiz has also appeared on talk shows and worked on film sets, commercials, and music videos. Her BAE Rosalyn Yalow Choir opened for the Bronx Opera Company’s “Messiah.”