Sunday, April 20, 2008

Wulaba Plays for Capoeira Batizado

Wulaba had the honor of playing for the students of North Country School tonight at the 4th annual Capoeira Batizado celebration. Several students from North Country received their "baptism" from the Mestrando Peninha, the Capoiera martial arts professor, originally from Brazil andwho now resides in Montreal. Johnna MacDougall led sixty students in African dance...the roots of the martial arts Capoeira, starting with movements in the feet and then growing the movements larger until they encompassed the entire body. James and Karen both received their next "cord" at the Batizado elevating them to a new level of practice in the art.

Wulaba & Soma Beats Perform at North Country Community College Talent Show

On April 17th, 2008, we had the grand opportunity to perform with our newly seasoned Soma Beats dancers, led by Johnna MacDougall. What a blast it was! Johnna did her Bird Dance solo to Gidamba and then the Soma Beats dancers took to the floor for their rendition of Djole. Lou, our only male dancer, said that he is really inspired by the drumming and he loves to dance! One of our newest dancers, Shir, a college professor, just joined on a few weeks ago and already is one of our performers! Most of our other dancers have had experience in dance or yoga and in fact, Mimi Frantz, a local yoga professional choreographed James and Karen's gold winning skating program at the Adult National figure skating championships this month. Watch our video!