Friday March 5, 2021 6pm-8pm (PST) Vegetarian Cooking Class & Social (Online)

Join Master Chef Lisa Porfirio online from your own kitchen for a vegetarian cooking class promoting nutrition, wellness, whole foods, sustainability and the relationship between food and healing. Cook, learn new ideas, and enjoy a deliciously prepared meal while connecting with real people in real time. Upon registering, we’ll send you a list of the Chef’s hand-selected ingredients and look forward to kicking off our event with you! All of our workshops will be accessible via ZOOM.

Master Chef Lisa Porfirio: My love of good food is inextricably linked to my curious nature, passion for adventure and desire for connection. These were qualities that burgeoned in the kitchens of my youth and came into full fruition when I moved to Québec and then France to learn French and then attend cooking school. I was driven to immerse myself in both the language and culture and cooking school in French seemed the perfect path. Experiences working in both Québec and France afforded me the opportunity to blend my passions for food and language while also experiencing the immense pleasure of simple food authentically prepared. I learned how to choose great ingredients and prepare them simply in order to highlight their natural beauty and flavor. It is now my desire to share this knowledge through specifically crafted teaching methods and recipes that empower others to take pleasure in the essence of food to both nourish our bodies and connect us to one another. A la prochaine et Bon appétit!

Saturday March 6, 2021 11am-12pm (PST) Soulful Salsa Fusion (In-Person & Online)

Workshop open to all levels, starting from the basic steps and building up to a fun choreography. Learn body isolating techniques and exercises to uplifting salsa rhythms. Root down and connect mind, body and spirit in this soulful fusion playing with different styles so each dancer can develop their own individual fire and meaningful physical expression.

Born in the beautiful city of Padova, Italy, Vera Tinoco has been dancing from the tender age of 10 studying Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz/Modern. Her passion led her to travel all over Europe with professional performances and competitions. In 2005, she fell in love with ballroom Latin dance styles such as Cuban Salsa, Salsa styles from LA and New York, Cha Cha, Bachata, Rumba, Bolero and Reggaetón and bringing that ‘sabor latino’ into her dance practice and teachings. She loves to teach social dancing in public places and share the incredible energy that Latin music releases within the body. In 2012, she moved to San Diego and started VeDanza Entertainment in North County, teaching different Latin dance classes for all levels, including a program specifically catered for women to build confidence and styling techniques. VeDanza organizes social dancing events all over north county San Diego, fusing contemporary and ballet into Latin dance, while bringing what Italians are famous for: family, friendship, and most of all, the love for life.

Saturday March 6, 2021 12pm-1pm (PST) Adi Parashakti Dance (In Person & Online)

Adi Parashakti is the primordial energy or force that is connected to the Divine Mother in Hinduism. Married to Shiva, Lord of Dance, Parvati is represented as the divine mother of all creation and truest material form of Adi Shakti. Many different goddesses are considered aspects of Adi Shakti, the Supreme Goddess, who brings forth the evolution of life in every Universe through the union of every Parvati and Shiva in all of the Universes. The workshop will include elements of acting and drama to symbolize the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction.

International dancer, choreographer and local artist, Preeti Sharma has over 20 years of experience teaching workshops and performing across India and the United States. Her expertise extends to various dance styles including India’s classical dances and Bollywood. Her dance company, Shana Group, has performed at the Del Mar Fair, Sea World, Global Winter Wonderland, as well as event at historic Balboa Park. Preeti also teaches private and group dance classes in San Diego.

Saturday March 6, 2021 1pm-2pm (PST) Dancing the Divine Matrix & The Alchemy of Love (In Person & Online)

This dance workshop is inspired by Oxum, Iemanja and Oya (Yoruba divine cosmic forces), and explores the spiritual energies of the universe dedicated to womankind through embodied movement. By sharing stories of divine triads from around the world, this class affirms the connection between embodied movement and spirituality while offering many road maps to self-empowerment and self-healing.

Founder and Creative Director of the International Women’s Day Arts+DanceXchange, Vika S. Hernandez is a dance artist from San Diego, CA. She holds a M.A. in Global & International Studies with an emphasis on Global Culture and Religion. Her unique dance classes investigate how cosmology shapes our understanding of the universe as well as our understanding of the human body. A lifelong dancer, she credits her embodied knowledge from studying Afro-Brazilian dance and Capoeira with Mestre Mariano Silva as well as her training in Bahia, Brazil where she trained capoeira with Mestre Angola, and studied orixa sacred dances, afro-contemporary, samba, and samba reggae at the Fundacao Cultural do Estado da Bahia and Diaspora Art Center with Nem Brito. She is a part of Bahia Magia Dance Co. and has performed professionally throughout California, Miami Florida, and Salvador Bahia Brazil. She started a dance group, Sambamerica Dance Collective, integrating various genres of dance and offering an explosive and one-of-a-kind show in celebration of the human spirit.

Saturday March 6, 2021 2pm-3pm (PST) Afro-Brazilian Dance & Maculelê (In Person & Online)

Move and empower your body and spirit to the exuberant cultural traditions and vibrancy of Bahia, Brazil. This fiery dance workshop is based on Bahian folkloric dances of African origin, including Maculelê, warrior dances from Brazil’s sugarcane plantations. All levels and abilities welcome.

Mestre Mariano Silva is a professional dancer, martial arts master, as well as an accomplished musician and vocalist. Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, he has over 25 years of experience teaching Afro-Brazilian dance, Samba and Capoeira. His rhythm and soul run through his veins from his African and Brazilian ancestors and were nurtured in his home by his mother. Devoted to maintaining the roots and traditions of Afro-Brazilian culture, Mestre Mariano established the Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara and Capoeira Relampue where he teaches classes for youth and adults, hosts cultural events, and engages in enhancing community health and well-being through the arts. He is a professor of dance at the University of California Santa Barbara as well as the artistic director of Bahia Magia Dance Co.

Sunday March 7, 2021 9am-10:15am (PST) Kali: Empowerment through Sacred Movement & Breath (Online)

Prandhara Prem, International Tantric Therapist, will take you on a journey through sound, breath, and movement, the 3 pillars for Tantric work. Together you use sacred movement to release blockages with breathwork and sound while calling on the warrior Goddess Kali for assistance on your journey. You will release insecurities, inner frustrations and summon your inner strength. You will leave feeling empowered, lighter, having released built-up tension, trauma, and blockages.

Prandhara Prem holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in the USA, and a post-graduate degree in Transpersonal Therapy in Brazil. Additionally, she holds a Certification as a Shamanic Medicine Woman, and a Certification as a Tantric Therapist and Rebirther. She is a Certified Relationship and Sexuality Coach as well as a Reiki master. In 2018, she became an Ordained Interfaith Minister and received her Doctorate of Divinity Degree through Universal Life Church. She teaches workshops and hosts retreats all over the world.

Sunday March 7, 2021 10:30am-11:45am (PST) Natural Sensuality: Exploring the Beautiful Art of Raks Sharqui (aka Bellydance) (Online)

Women’s sensuality is always a delicate subject, sometimes full of prejudices and social stigmas. This workshop intends to erase those misconceptions from the dancer’s body to allow her to move sensually without fear but with a sense of power. Our sensuality could be an amazing creative tool that could inspire us to dance without boundaries. The sensual muse can transform the way we feel, we hear and project the music. Discover your natural creative force and explore with the beautiful art of raks sharqui.

Valerick Molinary is an award winning artist known for her unique and elegant style, which flows seamlessly while having that touch of sassiness resonant of her native Puerto Rico. She has taught and performed at international festivals across four continents. For over 15 years Valerick has dedicated herself to the in-depth study of Arab dances and folklore, traveling to study at diverse Arab countries such as Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco. She has a BA in Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature, the influence of which can be seeing in her creative and poetic approach to choreography, dance teaching and production. Since 2015 she organizes the Lebanese Love Affair, an annual event in Miami dedicated to providing a platform for dancers to study directly from renowned and dedicated Arab dance artists, all in a big celebration of love for Raks Sharki and the countries that gave birth to it.

Sunday March 7, 2021 12pm-1:15pm (PST) Drum Class: Honoring the Iyabás (Feminine Orixás) (Online)

Join Alabé Bira Santos (head musician for Candomblé house) for this special online drumming workshop focusing on the sacred rhythms connected to the female orixas (spiritual forces of the universe) in the Candomblé tradition. Bring your drums and learn with a master percussionist in real time. All levels and abilities welcome.

Born in Salvador Bahia Brazil, Bira Santos started his career as a musician and percussionist in 1998. As an alabé (head musician) in a candomblé house, Bira has a mastery of candomblé — from the traditions to the rhythms. With this deep expertise, he acts as musical consultant for local and international musicians as well as for documentary filmmakers when they come to Bahia to tell the story of the region and candomblé. He is the musical director and founder of the Afro Mestiço group, as well as the musical director and percussion teacher at Diaspora Artistic and Cultural Association. He has worked with Mestres Nem Brito, Vera Passos, Rita Rodrigues, Negrizu, Leda Ornelas, Santos Carol Bastos amongst others, and has participated in cultural festivals throughout Brazil, Argentina, United States and Europe. Bira has recorded 6 CDs, along with his latest release, Sonoridades Ancestrais, which can be found on his website Birasantos.com.