Rachel Gorham

Director/Founder

With her MEd in Child Development and over 20 years of experience, Rachel has worked with children of all ages, cultures, and languages. Through organizing service projects within schools and experience traveling within a variety of cultures, Rachel realizes the importance of kindness, community, and teaching children about the rest of the world. With her background in dance, she found a powerful way to bring culture and connection to children through music and dance in the outdoors.  She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in children.

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From Santiago, Cuba, Denmis Bain Savigne is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, singer, and performer with experience in AfroCuban dance, folklore, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, and hip hop. Among many other performances, he performed around the world with Havana Nightclub and choreographed such works as the Latin Grammys, Emilio Estefan, Kenny Ortega, Siegfried & Roy, and Cirque du Soleil. Denmis has taught in a variety of venues including festivals, schools, and studios both nationally and internationally. Denmis is currently the owner of Cuban Rhythm and Rumba Dance Studio located in Vallejo, California.

Denmis Bain Savigne 

Cuban Rhythm and Dance Teacher

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Anna Grace earned her BA in Child Development from Mills College. She is a RCYT (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher), a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), is trained in Trauma Informed Yoga and earned a Certificate in Wholebeing Positive Psychology. She has been working with youth with the full range of developmental and physical abilities for over 10 years in schools, homes, and community centers.

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Naby Bangoura

West African Dance Teacher

Naby Bangoura learned traditional West African dance during village ceremonies and celebrations in Guinée, West Africa. At the young age of fifteen, Naby started dancing professionally with Les Merveilles de Guinée. In 1998, Les Merveilles brought him to perform in major venues throughout the United States. Known for his energetic and fluid dance style and soaring spirit, master dance teacher Naby Bangoura has been performing and teaching high energy West African dance, Guinée style, in dance studios and dance workshops all over the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, and Guinée.

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Mestre Recruta

Capoeira Teacher

Mestre Recruta, Chris Montiel, began Capoeira at the age of 19. In 2005, he graduated as a “Formado” by the United Capoeira Association (UCA), an internationally recognized capoeira school. In 2016, in recognition of his work, Recruta earned the title of “Mestre,”. In 2009, he realize his dream of opening his own academy in Hayward. Since 2000, he has had the privilege of being a part of the teaching collective at UCA, where he continues to regularly teach classes.  He regularly teaches classes and workshops around the Bay Area, the US and abroad.

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Antwan Davis

Body Percussionist/ Step Teacher

Antwan Davis is a multi-percussionist that co-founded the performance arts company Molodi, performed with the Las Vegas and North American production of Stomp, and toured nationally with Step Afrika. He has been engaging audiences for 14 years with body percussion and stepping. As a teacher, he is enthused by creating community through body music, giving people a different outlet of expression. He actively performs and teaches workshops and residencies in the U.S and internationally.

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Uri E. Arauz
Capoeira Teacher

Uri started his practice with the Omulu Capoeira Group in 1996 under the teachings of Mestre Preguica. Uri has been an active participant with the Omulu Capoeira Group assisting with performances, community programs and performing workshops for inner-city youth in the Bay Area. Instructor Uri is an advocate for the community, promoting the art of Capoeira to enrich people with health and cultural awareness. He has been working with youth for many years in a variety of different capacities.

Meet Our Teachers

Mohamed Lamine Bangoura

W. African DrumTeacher

Lamine Bangoura is a master drummer and musician from Guinea, West Africa. He is a djembe fola, an expert in African percussion, and has been lead percussionist and musical director for African ballets across Western Africa and the San Francisco Bay Area.  He moved to the United States in April 2011 and has been teaching and directing classes and events since. Lamine carries the true spirit of Africa in his appreciation of the drum as a tool for human connection and language. 

Anna LeFevre Harris

Assistant Director