One of the biggest nights of February! Presented by yours truly! Save the date & be there #unforgettable night!

 

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PROMO VIDEO: https://youtu.be/z1D_GMv0QRI

 

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Hello hello! As the winter comes on strong in St. Louis, and our bones and muscles get tight, I'd like to invite you to a truly awesome Winter Workout -- a daring dance warm-up for the body and the spirit!!

This Dec. 9 & 10, 5pm - 8pm!

Yours truly, plus 2 star dances in St. Louis will take you back to the tropics, from West Africa to the Congo and Haiti in 4 amazing sessions to exercise your winter vitality!!  As we count down the days, please spread the word, and bring a friend if you can! I can't wait to see you there! #WinterWorkout #RSVP #StLouisStayHot #Addlife #DanceJoy #Share2Today

Location: Better Family Life, 5415 Page Blvd.    $7/ class    For more info, call (314) 458 - 4282.

"African dance can infuse our culture with the humanitarian and social values that we need to work in harmony with one another and bring out the best in our society. -- Malena Amusa

 

Hello great people!

As we approach 2017, I’d like to share this truly special short film about my company’s performance, Ignite Africa. For all those looking for a powerful dose of inspiration before the new year, this video & photo gallery is for you! Please share, and be encouraged to continue using your gifts for good.

 
 
IGNITE AFRICA: PHOTO GALLERY -- TAKE A LOOK
 

Why I African dance

What I love the most about being an African dancer is the ability to deliver a high-impact experience to meet the demand for next-level empowerment in our lives and communities. For this event, I had the privilege of partnering with Martin Niboh, president of Igniting Africa and the Torch Bearer’s Foundation. It was Martin’s first big charity event, November 10, to raise critical enthusiasm for education, humanitarian and business programs in Africa. Martin really challenged me to celebrate Africa in a way that not only entertained but elevated minds and united people. “I’m counting on you!” Martin said

Times like this, dancers (and creative producers) must do more than perform, but present an architecture for a better world. Ignite Africa did just that. It really showed how African dance can infuse our culture with the humanitarian and social values that we need to work in harmony with one another and bring out the best in each other. As African dance requires us to master our minds and bodies, celebrate others, and connect on a higher-level, these habits form a blueprint for how to empower ourselves and our communities.

Right now, I want to thank Martin, my dance company Addlife! World, the star dancers and musicians, and my wonderful filmmaker Shaye Smith for making this project a big success.

When faced with a task it’s important we go above and beyond to deliver. We must stay focused on the higher cause, and make sure our work reflects the full hopes, dreams, and potential of the people we serve.

Hope you love the video, and I look forward to Adding life with you in the future!

-- Malena Amusa

 

 

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Photo by Shaye Smith/Aspire to Inspire

MA danceDear friends!! I will be teaching every Saturday this summer 11:30 - 1pm
 ** Summer Bliss** Starting this Saturday June 25!! 
 
West African. Fusion. Zulu. Guinea. Senegal & Mali Dance!
Most exciting -- classes are FREE< FREE < FREE.
Can't wait to see you there!!  All levels are welcome @ BFL Cultural Center, 5415 Page.
 
Each class will be action packed with--
  • Great music from across Africa
  • Rhythmic, strengthening warm-up and stretch
  • Choreo
  • Across-the-floor fiyah!!
  • Inspiration, energy & fun!
#SPREAD THE WORD! LET'S PACK THE FLOOR!!
#MUCH LOVE!
 
For more info, call (314) 458 - 4282, or visit Malena's site @ www.AddlifeWorld.com
 

 A talk with Kendrick Lamar's African dance choreographer!

nice grammy picHello friends!! Many of us were shocked and inspired at the sight of African dance on the Grammy stage this year during Rapper Kendrick Lamar's history-making performance!! The news in fact went viral, and people everywhere applauded the Rapper's use of tribal dance to convey his message of empowerment for African Americans. Some people said Lamar's show saved the Grammys! I talked directly with the choreographer Kara Mack, who designed and performed in the stunning African dance sequence. Now I'd love to share her inspiring journey to the Grammy stage with you! When you get a second, do read my interview with the one and only Kara Mack!! Go to interview here: http://7thandlotus.com/2016/02/19/kendrick-lamars-choreographer-talks-grammy-success/

Hello friends!! Many of us were shocked and inspired at the sight of African dance on the Grammy stage this year during Rapper Kendrick Lamar's history-making performance!! The news in fact went viral, and people everywhere applauded the Rapper's use of tribal dance to conveny his message of empowerment for African Americans. Some people said Lamar's show saved the Grammys! I talked directly with the choreographer Kara Mack, who designed and performed in the stunning African dance sequence. Now I'd love to share her inspiring journey to the Grammy stage with you! When you get a second, do read my interview with the one and only Kara Mack!! Go to interview here: http://7thandlotus.com/2016/02/19/kendrick-lamars-choreographer-talks-grammy-success/