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Peralta News – Congresswoman Barbara Lee & Chancellor Jowel Laguerre at Flex Day

31 August 2015

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The Peralta Colleges celebrated a very special Flex Day to kick off a new semester and welcome our new Chancellor, Jowel Laguerre. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined the festivities, filling the packed Odell Johnson Theater with words of encouragement and inspiration. Board President Meredith Brown, faculty members and staff leadership also spoke at this joyous event!

The Peralta family was treated to an outstanding performance by the Jiklele dance group, hosted by Laney’s very own dance department.

We look forward to a new semester with more fantastic happenings at Peralta and a heartfelt welcome to Chancellor Jowel Laguerre. Many thanks to Congresswoman Barbara Lee and her staff for sharing this momentous day with us!

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Laney College Department of Dance Presents Afro-Cuban November Workshops, Nov. 25 – 26

6 November 2014

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Upcoming Afro-Cuban Master Dance Workshops at Laney College will be taught by the renown Dolores Perez of Afro-Cuba de Matanzas and Ana Perez of Los Munequitos de Matanzas! Dance for a vibrant life!

ALL LEVELS WELCOME. NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Instructor Bios:

Ana Herrera Perez:
Ana Perez Herrera has been the lead vocalist and dancer for Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, since 1980. Los Muñequitos de Matanzas is one of the highest regarded masters of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and dance, especially known for Rumba.

Ana grew up with a rich family culture, a descendent of the Villamil Family, who developed artistically the seat of Afro-Cuban Folklore. She is not only an accomplished rumba dancer, highly sought after for classes and workshops worldwide, but her distinctive voice, has added an essential dimension to the Muñequitos sound, with her ease of singing in a very high range.

Dolores Perez Herrera:
Dolores Perez is one of Cuba’s greatest singers and dancers from the province of Matanzas. She was one of the founding member of Afro Cuba de Matanzas and can be heard on all of their recordings. She is best known for her performances on Caridad

An Omo Ochun and a Madrina to many, Dolores was featured in Afrocuba’s 1987 trip to the Smithsonian Folkway Festival.

Dolores is an ahijada of her aunt Tomasa Villamil, the Matriarch of the Villamil family. Tomasa’s grandparents were two musicians from Oyo, Nigeria, the old imperial Yoruba capital. They were kidnapped and brought over to Cuba in the 1880’s. The family has given Matanzas many of its best musicians, singers, and dancers.

Prior to joining Afrocuba, Dolores sang and danced with Los Portuarios, La Imaliana, and in the Carnival Comparsas in Matanzas. In addition to her overwhelming talents as a singer, Dolores is also a well-respected teacher of dance.

She has lead and participated in Afro-Cuban folkloric workshops world wide; both by invitation and while touring with Afro Cuba de Matanzas.

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P-SPAN – Laney College Dance: Nutcracker International

1 January 2014

Laney College’s Dance Department presented “Nutcracker International”, a new take on the classic ballet.  Artistic Director Priya Shah worked with several Choreographers to create a home-grown Nutcracker centered in Oakland, California.

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Laney College Dance Department Annual Spring Recital – May 12, 2012

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The Laney College Dance Department proudly presents our first performance in the newly named Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center featuring a ballet tribute to our recently departed senior faculty member, Dr. Lynette Stevens DeFazio. The dance production class, taught by Jacqueline Burgess, will feature choreographed works by faculty and students in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Haitian, and West African dance.

Friday, May 11th and Saturday, May 12th, 2012 at 8:00PM.

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