After nearly 30 years at Berkeley High, the Liberian-born educator and dancer is leaving the studio.
Naomi "Mama Washington" Diouf is retiring after nearly 30 years of teaching West African dance to Berkeley High students. Here, her beginning/intermediate Afro-Haitian class practices a routine in spring 2019. Video by Natalie Orenstein.
The Bay Area Dance Week program encompasses more than 400 events, almost all of them free, offering the uncoordinated and nimble alike access to classes, performances, open rehearsals, lectures and more.
Mahea Uchiyama performs one last time Friday at the dance center that she founded in southwest Berkeley 25 years ago; and, in a rare performance, Denise Perrier celebrates Nancy Wilson tonight at the Black Rep Theater.
A disproportionate number of Berkeley's highest needs kids are dancers. It makes sense to engage them in something they love at a young age to help them succeed academically.
The boundary-blurring Company Wang Ramirez will perform its hip-hop dance theater work "Borderline" at Cal Performances next week.
Talking with Emiko Saraswati Susilo, director of Gamelan Sekar Jaya, a Balinese music and dance company tucked unobtrusively into a South Berkeley neighborhood.