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Meet Our Teachers
Anna Grace LeFevre
With her MEd in Child Development and over 15 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 PhD in Child Psychology.
Anna Grace earned a 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.
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 for 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. In addition, he has worked throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in a variety public and private schools, and regularly teaches workshops for Capoeira schools around the US and abroad.
Mohamed Lamine Bangoura
W. African Hand 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.
Naby Bangoura studied dance in Guinea, West Africa, where he is from, beginning his professional dancing career at the age of 15 with the renowned dance company Les Merveilles de Guinee. Since then, he has performed and taught dance all around the United States as well as internationally including Japan, Australia and Mexico. Considered a master dance teacher, Naby's energetic, fun and fluid style are clear in his dance as is his love and passion for the art form.
Mandjou Kone was born into a Griot family in Burkina Faso and raised in Mali. As part of a Griot family, she inherited the responsibility of carrying on her cultures traditions through dance, song, music and storytelling. She honors this responsibility by sharing her traditions all over the world. Mandjou has performed and taught in Europe, Africa and the US since she was a child. In March 2003 in Santa Cruz, CA she was honored with the Calabash Award for her excellence in the ethnic arts. Mandjou is a true carrying of her African culture.