BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Dance enthusiasts can move to the beat at a series of free classes this week in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation is offering its “Arts is Alive Free Week” from Monday, Aug. 15, through Friday, Aug. 19, with master instructors teaching everything from Afro-Fusion Hip-Hop to Congolese Dance.
Organizers hope participants will see African dance in both traditional and contemporary ways, said Rubie Inez Williams, Asase Yaa’s director of operations.
“The most important thing is to have this experience of understanding, studying, listening, and feeling the movement of African dance and African Diasporic dance and culture at its highest level,” Williams said.
The organization, founded in 2001, also runs a summer arts camp and dance school during the school year in Bed-Stuy, and operates out of a studio at 1803 Fulton St. between Malcolm X Boulevard and Patchen Avenue.
“It was important for us to be a part of that same community we had already been servicing and continue in that work,” Williams added.
This week’s free classes are part of that community outreach, she said.
Sessions, which range from an hour and a half to two hours long, include Urban Line Dance on Tuesday, and Afro-Haitian Dance on Thursday.
For more information, visit the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation’s Facebook page here.