Wednesday, October 24, 2012

OK Sacramento....if you've been waiting to try a Fenix class, this is IT!

New Living Social deal in Sacramento just out today! This will be the best $20 you ever spent on 4 music/dance classes....EVER! Get one for yourself and up to three to gift to others.

Fenix is my village.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mark your Calendar for Fenix's Open House on January 1, 2013

Time to party! Join us at 1:00 PM on Jan. 1, 2013 (the final day of Kwaanza - Imani/Faith) at our studio at 2110 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. We will be celebrating with music, dance, and food! This should be a rockin' good time!

Fenix is my village.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Drum & Dance Master Workshop - SUCCESS!

We all enjoyed Friday evening drum workshop with Lansana Kouyate of Guinea, West Africa....we learned rhythms to "Tiriba"which is a rhythm of the Laduma people from the Boke and Boffa area in the Western part of Guinea. It is a welcoming rhythm, played when people visit or for such celebrations as naming ceremonies. 

Fenix director Olivia and other students then enjoyed a wonderful balafon class on Saturday afternoon before the drummers and dancers arrived. We learned balafon accompaniment to one of our signature dances, Cinte. Maybe you will be hearing that in the near future, after we practice it a lot :-)

Then on Saturday night, guest instructor Tania Camara from Chico West African Drum and Dance Ensemble took us through many, many dance moves of Tiriba while the drummers practiced the rhythms from the night before. We all had a great time and got super sweaty!

Thank you Lansana and Tania, and thanks to everyone who came and had a blast! You can see all the smiles on the dancers' faces that West African dancing ROCKS!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Master Series: Lansana Kouyate teaches

Fenix is pleased to welcome Lansana Kouyate, master drummer and balafonist for more workshops in our Master Drum Series.

Lansana hails from Guinea West Africa and has presented several workshops here in Sacramento, the last one in July of this year.

Two drum and one balafon workshops will be presented at Fenix Studio, 2110 Del Paso Rd, Sacramento 95815

Friday, October 12 at 7:00pm
Intermediate Level (this is a fast paced workshop for more advanced students)  $15 at the door.

Saturday, October 13 at 3:45 pm
Mixed Level (beginners are welcome)  $15 at door

Sunday, October 14 Time TBD
Beginning balafon.  Pre-registration is required. 

Please call 916-205-3970

Click link for video of Lansana's  last workshop in Sacramento.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sacramento World Music & Dance Festival - This Weekend in Old Sac!

Please come out on October 7 to the fabulous World Music and Dance Festival....tons of entertainment on 4 different stages, global village, food, fun, and right on the river in Old Sacramento. Fenix will perform three different times during this festival, including opening for the headliner, H'sao at the kickoff on Saturday night, Oct. 6, at the outdoor stage at Waterfront Park (Front & L St.)

Learn all about it at the Sac World Fest website. The schedule and location of performers on Sunday is here.

Here is the blurb about the Saturday night bonus kickoff show:

BONUS: The kick-off begins Saturday night, October 6th with a musical and visual extravaganza that will thrill and delight you with its color and energy with a “Spotlight On: AFRICA!” on the Festival’s Waterfront Stage in Old Sacramento.  This amazing evening begins at 6p.m. sharp; bringing us to an exciting and inspiring finish around 9p.m.  Tickets are $5 at the event.  All ages are welcome!