I'm a learner and social practitioner hoping to start una danza colletiva (a percussion, movement, and cultural context skill share) in SF. I host a weekly virtual dance ronda (circle). Jump in!
A weekly social dance get together
Every Tuesday at 6pm PST (west coast US time). Feel free to log in a few minutes early, as we'll aim to start on time.
You. Me. Us. We. Whoever shows up.
This is not a class. I am a social practitioner and a fellow learner, not an expert. There is no charge.
That said, I do know one or two things, and will share a basic move, and to keep it community-minded I will pick a spot for us to donate some mutual aid to each season. If you are able to donate, great, if not, no worries. Honor system. We can community source spots as we go, as well.
Summer /Fall 2023 donations & mutual aid:
Saving lives and bearing witness on the Mediterranean Sea.
Previous mutual aid/donations have gone to:
In solidarity with the 48,000 academic workers currently striking over unfair labor practices.
National Indian Child Welfare Association. I believe it is vital for Italian-Americans to actively support native peoples in the Americas (and am happy to chat about why anytime). You can read more about the threat to ICWA here: https://linktr.ee/protecticwa
I started mezzogiorno.arts in 2019 as a skill-sharing project for folks who have Italian ancestry to learn and practice dancing and drumming together in a collective and social way. As a family style and social dancer who wanted to learn more, I had been frustrated by the lack of resources in my area, and the plan was for the project to be based out of my long time dance home in San Francisco, where I have access to affordable and beautiful studio space. Then a global pandemic hit, and it all fell by the wayside.
During that time, however, people managed to stay connected. My dance classes (I teach in another style) went online, and it worked. My band rehearsals went online, and it worked. Crucially for this project, I was able to take regular and one-off classes and attend events with Italian drummers and dancers who were geographically very far away, classes I would not have been able to participate in had we not all been forced to go virtual. Through various other projects, I also met lots of people who were into and/or curious about the things I am, and who live all over the world.
While meeting and dancing together in person is still in the cards, I'm ready to get moving, literally and figuratively, and I know we can do so in an online space. Let's start with some very low key socially-oriented community dance meet ups, and see where we want to go from there.
See you Wednesdays on zoom.
Alessandra Belloni (drum, singing)
John LaBarbera (singing, music)
Andrea Piccioni (drum)
Francesca Corsetti (dance)
Romolo Crudo (dance)
Silvia Perrone (dance)
Laura Boccadamo (dance)
Claudio Concin (language)
Carole Cadoppi (language)
All my Arabic drum and music teachers who have held me for decades
My nonnə and bisnonnə and ziə
All my cummari...past, present, and future
Thank you. Grazie. Shukran.
Photo by Jeff Klukowski