House Dance

Class Description

Add some simple fun cool looking moves to your dance vocabulary. House dance is a diverse dance style out of New York City that has developed and evolved over the last 30 years. Movements have influence from Hip Hop, Tap, Salsa, Samba, African, and you! The way you move inside the spirit of house music.

About Donna Mation

DonnaMation, performance artist, choreographer, and educator, is the artistic director and choreographer for Axé Didé, and co-director of Up Jump, and Bang Bang Boogie. DonnaMation specializes in the styles of House, Popping, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Hustle. She has performed and taught in various places around the world.

Donna has danced most of her life and began her career as a performer and professor of dance in 1999. Donna is well versed in a plethora of styles including, street dances such as Popping, Rumba, House, and Brazilian Samba, as well as traditional dances from Cuba and Brazil the meaningful and deeply rooted movements of the Orisha/Orixa.

ProperVillian-DonnaOefingerDonna’s love of street dance styles from the U.S. has led her to a creative process combining the rich culture of hip hop with the intricate movements of Afro-Cuban dance: Afro-Cuban Hip Hop. In Portland, she has developed a university-level course that investigates the connection and lineage from Cuban Rumba through salsa, hip-hop and house dance. When she is not on the road teaching or performing, Donna offers classes at her studio, Center Space, in Portland OR and credited courses at local colleges and Universities.

As a teacher, Donna is known for her enthusiasm, passion, and respect for the origins of the many styles of dances she shares. Her classes are a workout and challenge people with all levels of experience. As an artist, she inspires and supports her students to further embody the movement, not just imitate form. Since 1999 Donna has performed in other awesome groups as a dancer, director, and percussionist including Jujuba, The Lions of Batucada, New Lineage, and Black Angel. As the artistic director of Axé Didé, Donna masterfully combines rhythms and dances mainly from Cuba and Brazil, but also from the diverse lineages of the African Diaspora.