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Heel Talk with Tasha B.

I have enjoyed a series of Heel Talk experiences within the past two years, that have inspired me to chase my own visions. Founded by Tasha B., Heel Talk is more than dance. It’s about women inspiring each other to be the best version of themselves, in heels of course! I have attended the Ladies Night Out event, Heel Talk Connection and Private Dance session. At Ladies Night Out I was free and unapologetically embracing my feminine side. At Heel Talk Connection, I networked with a purpose in a room of ambitious women from all walks of life. When I took my first private dance session, I accepted my weaknesses and became best friends with my flaws.

As women, we go through so many emotional transitions in our life and having a space like Heel Talk for women is a reminder of how powerful we are when we uplift each other. In this episode, we talked about staying spiritually connected, personal goals, and her journey with Heel Talk LLC.

-Romonica

Photo credit: Nikon Don Harris

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Samba Soul with Gisella

It was a breath of fresh air spending the week with my good friend Gisella Ferreira in Venice, La where she teaches Samba, Zumba and directs her own Samba Soul Dance Company! Every night in class was a release and rebirth of self-expression into becoming the woman I want to be. The best part of this experience was connecting with the women of Samba Soul, who come from all journeys of life to dance Samba as a way of healing.

Pure positive vibes, smiling faces, and sweat dripping down the arch of our backs. Gisella gave us unity, power, and knowledge of her Brazilian culture by teaching us the meaning of Samba music and movement.

In our sit down Gisella expresses her love for Samba, turning failure into lessons and her experience at Rio Carnival!

-Romonica

Photo credit: Pikalindo

 

 

 

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Queen Moves with Guerdly & Brat

Before I departed New York, I had the pleasure of catching up with the founders of Queen Moves Guerdley & Brat at Peridance Capezio Center. Since our encounter at The Galen Hooks Method NYC Intensive back 2017, we stayed connected and I've enjoyed watching them flourish through their commitment to friendship, dancehall culture and women empowerment with Queen Moves.

These two women are the most down to earth human beings you'll ever meet! You will learn how they met, what inspired Queen Moves and how they are uplifting women in their community through dance.

-Romonica

Photo credit: Joey Rosado

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African Movement with Omari Mizrahi

Since I have been in New York, Omari Mizrahi's class has become a place of growth, challenge and spiritual healing from taking his Vogue Femme, Afrobeats and West African Classes weekly. His vocabulary in dance is stemmed from his African background in Senegalese and Mali. In every session, Omari breaks down the movements, history, and musicality that the style of dance comes from to help students become the best version of themselves.

In our conversation, we talked about the importance of African dance influence and breaking students from relying on hitting the "crash" to help train their ears in hearing the music. You can also find out details about his upcoming events and classes!

-Romonica

Photo credit: Christopher Duggan

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Lipstick Diaries with Jessica Castro

Jessica Castro's Absolute Beginner Heels Class at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater was magical! We uncovered our power, confidence and sass in heels! Castro helped us understand how to find our center, classic lines, walks and ended class with some sexy choreography to "Darling Nikki" by Prince.

After class, Jessica Castro and I talked about her part in giving back to the dance community, women empowerment and why she created Lipstick Diaries NYC produced by women and taught by women.

-Romonica

Photo credit: Julien Benhamou

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HIP-HOP Foundation

with Buddha Stretch

I was excited to take a class from Hip-Hop pioneer Buddha Stretch at Broadway Dance Center's Hip- Hop Foundation Series! In his two-part session, we learned Hip-Hop foundation, transitions and technique!

After class, I asked him about the importance of foundation and how to build your own style as a dancer.

-Romonica

Photo credit: broadwaydancecenter.com