Carnaval Kanaval Carnival!! A Diasporic Celebration & Party @ Cumbe, Sat. March 2nd

Carnival Celebration Flyer side 1 (1)

I started off 2019 expressing my thoughts as an artist, and now, I am putting it all into action. In the month of January I was contacted by the wonderful team at Cumbe: Center for African And Diaspora Dance to take a class and learn more about their organization. As of now, I have been taking Samba class on Tuesday evenings with Danielle Lima, and am very excited to announce that I will be performing!

On March 2nd, Cumbe will be holding Carnaval Kanaval Carnival!! A Diasporic Celebration & Party. The format is an informal dance party with pop-up performances by Careitha Davis, Danielle Lima, Azriel Wallace, Cumbe students (me!), and DJ THECAINMARKO. Food and drinks will be available.

Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door. You may purchase here: http://bit.ly/CarnivalMar2. Come out and get your carnival fix in Brooklyn!

Lookbook: Let’s Get Active! Summer Fitness Looks For Yoga, Running, & More

I call this the, “Who dat?” look, Sunglasses by CRAP Eyewear

We are in the midst of summer, and you know what that means? Time to show some skin! You’ve probably been in the gym all winter and spring working on your summer body, but it’s not time to stop now. You’ve got to keep up that sexy body with summertime fitness in the best apparel that is both functional yet funky enough to wear post workout.

I teamed up with my buddy Kermit Mercado to collaborate on a fitness-inspired photo spread, highlighting looks for dance-inspired workouts, running, yoga, and more. Get into it.

Meet me on the dance floor!

If you love to dance like me, it is imperative to seek out dance classes and dance inspired workouts from time to time. This mesh back sports bra by Wear It To Heart in the cool Desert Magic print has great coverage with inner-shelf bra with pads to remain shape and modesty.

Mesh detail with matching leggings

Paired with leggings, this look can go from the studio to the street with ease. The higher neckline of the bra with mesh detail on the back is a stunner.

Keep that hair back!

To keep my curls out of my face while I dance up a storm, I enjoy invisibobble traceless hair ties. They don’t mark my curls, and can be used for countless hairstyles.

Downward Dog vibes

This sports bra and shorts pairing from Wear It To Heart is perfect for beach yoga or hot yoga. The fabrication wicks sweat and has a soft feel, whilst maintaining its shape, and staying in place while you move.

It is super important to remain hydrated, more so when working out in the hot summer months. I’m loving 1907 Alkaline water from New Zealand. It’s super light and fresh taste is perfect for my workouts, in a 1 liter size that gives me all the hydration I need.

Crow Pose in action

I really dig YogaSmoga apparel for my indoor yoga workouts as they are made of top notch fabrics with slight compression that keep everything in place. The Imagine Tank has an inner-shelf bra that is perfect for me as I have a smaller bust, and the Momentum Crop legging is super chic, and keeps the booty in place in more demanding poses.

Next level Chair Pose

For example, in this elevated Chair Pose, my leggings did not slide or sag, maintaining proper coverage. This image is actually the first time I was able to do a Chair Pose of this variation, and the prior photo is the first time I was able to do a Crow Pose. I’m getting there!

Knee hugs to prep for a run

Another thing that I really dig about YogaSmoga is that their apparel works seamlessly from my yoga workouts to a run. Wearing the same leggings, I ditch the tank for the Sneak n Peek sports bra with amazing compression to get in my miles.

Warrior III pose, great post run stretch

I usually end my runs with a bunch of stretches borrowed from yoga. My boobies stay in place in this look while I balance on one foot for this Warrior III pose, also called the “Superman Pose”.

Would you wear any of these looks for your next workout? Let a playa know! All links are throughout the story, so happy shopping to you!

*All photos by Kermit Mercado

Free In NYC: Bryant Park Kicks Off FREE Summer Event Series Including Dance, Yoga, Film & Live Music!

Each summer, one of my favorite places in New York City, Bryant Park, holds  a comprehensive arts & culture event series. The season kicks off tonight with a waltz ball, in addition to dance, music, yoga, and the HBO Summer Film Series programming continuing throughout the course of the summer. I’ve included the FULL calendar of the series beneath the appropriate photo. All of these events are absolutely FREE, so feel free to bring a friend, family member, partner, or future lover. 🙂

Dance, Courtesy of Bryant Park Corporation

Dance lessons will be held from 6–7pm, followed by dancing to live music:

• Opening Night Waltz Ball, Wednesday, May 6:

–  6–7pm: Dance lessons by Randy Dias and Alexandra Lyubchevskaya

–  7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Lester Lanin Orchestra, which has played for audiences around the world for 50 years—most notably at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana

• Cuban Salsa, Wednesday, May 13:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Yesenia Selier and Hunter Houde

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live Cuban music by Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros

• Swing and Lindy Hop, Wednesday, May 20:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Evita Arce and Michael Jagger

–  7–8:30pm: Dancing and live swing music by George Gee Swing

Orchestra

• Samba e Mais, Wednesday, May 27:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Marizete Browne and Daniele Andrade

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Mistura Perfeita Band, which will play traditional and contemporary Brazilian samba and bossanova

• Tango, Wednesday, June 3:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Mariana Parma and Hernan Brizuela

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by The NY Tango Quartet, which will perform classics and improvisations

• Bachata, Wednesday, June 10:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Alejandro Bouza and Talia Castro-Pozo

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Bachata Heightz, an original pioneer of urban bachata

• West Coast Swing, Wednesday, June 17:

– 6–7pm: Dance lessons by Marlon Mills and Chrissy Bridgeman

– 7–8:30pm: Dancing and live music by Rakiem Walker Project, a seven-piece band featuring soul, funk, R&B, gospel and blues

• Latin Dancing Festival, Wednesday, June 24:

– 5–6:30pm: Latin jazz dance lessons by Sekou McMiller and a live performance by Grammy award-wining bassist John Benitez

– 6:30–7:15pm: Mambo dance lessons by Frank Muhel and Ericka Fignole

– 7:15–8:15pm: Dancing and live music by 50’s and 60’s era mambo band, Palladium All Stars

– 8:15–9pm: Salsa dance lessons by Talia Castro-Pozo and a special guest

– 9–10pm: Dancing and live music by salsa dura band Avenida B

ADMISSION: Free
WHERE: Fountain Terrace at Bryant Park, which is between 40th and 42nd Streets on the Sixth Avenue side of the park.

Yoga, Courtesy of Bryant Park Corporation

  • Bryant Park Yoga, starting on Tuesday, May 19 at 10am: This flagship series— presented by Athleta with support from Yoga Journal and Flavorpill—will be returning for its 12th season. (Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm through September 24.)

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