Djembe drumming hails from West Africa, and we’re delighted to bring you a high energy interactive djembe workshop, thanks to Jabba Jabba Jembe. Leading the workshop is founder David Day, who has studied African and World Drumming for over 20 years at home in Ireland and with teachers in Europe, the US, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Ghana. For over 10 years now Dave has been providing Drumming Workshops and Drum Circle events to a vast range of groups including Schools, Festivals, Corporate and Community groups, and we can’t wait for him to be making his BlueFire Street Fest debut!
Born in the City of Gdansk, Poland, Andrew took part in the end of the second generation of Polish Hip-Hop, and from 2001 to 2005 was an active B-boy. Following this, Andrew began playing B-boy jams with Dj Horba, and in 2010 he moved to Warsaw where he joined Break.pl (the biggest website about B-boying and Hip-Hop culture in Poland), and subsequently became a member of ‘Funkrockass’ crew. In 2011 he took part in what is widely regarded as the biggest Hip-Hop event in Central Europe; ‘Adidas Originals Rocks the Floor’. So if you ever wanted to learn to DJ, this is your chance to learn from one of the best!
Get ready to turn up the heat with Bami Kuteyi, a certified Personal Trainer and Spin Instructor. Bami founded International Dance Fitness Movement Bam Bam Boogie in May 2016. In less than a year, this Google marketing specialist and fitness entrepreneur has run classes in Brazil, London, Vegas, Texas, Toronto, and Dublin. Bam Bam Boogie is an afro-caribbean inspired dance fitness class for all ages. If you can’t wait until the festival, then check her out every Wednesday 7pm – 8pm at Fantom Gym, 23 Moore Street… see you there
Sharing yoga with us at BlueFire Street Fest is Tanya Thomas, who specialises in therapeutic Yoga for children with additional needs. Her passion for Yoga derives from her personal experience, when her daughter was born with complex CHD (Congenital Heart Disease). This was when Holistic Practices & Yoga became integral to her and her daughter as a way of life, and she has since been sharing yoga and wellbeing practices with kids, teens and adults in communities nationally and internationally.
Tanya loves to laugh, grow and stay healthy with Yoga, and we’re delighted to have her back for a second year in a row, bringing a yoga workshop for both kids and adults.
Forró is a traditional roots couple dance that originated in rural north-eastern Brazil. It has evolved over the years to incorporate many different styles, and in 1950s forró moved south into the major cities, including Rio & Sao Paulo.
Forro Dublin was formed by a group of friends who love forró and wanted to share what they had learnt with others, running events promoting forro music and dance in Ireland. Forró has been a core part of BlueFire Street Fest since our early years, and we’re delighted to have them with us on our 5 year celebration!
Bollywood is the informal name given to the popular Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry in India. It is the foundation of every great Indian Bollywood Film. This dance is a fusion of traditional and classical indian dances with the influence of some jazz, hip-hop , belly dancing and modern style. Timing, rhythm, energy and expressive movements are the most important elements of Bollywood dancing. Bollywood Fusion Ireland is a Dublin based dance company specialized in dance styles from all over the world, delivering entertaining, vivid, detailed and energetic performances & workshops.
Rhythm Africana’s Ugandan Kiganda dance workshop is led by Justine Nantale, with special guest appearance from Micheal Chanda of Barefeet Zambia. Bringing you Bakisimba-Buganda’s old traditional dance, a unique movement of both waist and feet, accompanied by melodies and exceptional drum beats. Outcome is FUN, sweat and no doubt when you hear the sound of the Bakisimba drums you will start to move to the beat. But First, we need to teach you how to do it!!
An old woman is not old in a song she dances well. ~Nigerian Proverb
Casa Peru Ireland is a non-profit promoting Peruvian culture in Ireland. Their aims are to showcase Peruvian culture, traditions and customs; disseminate the beauty and majesty of the different dances from various regions of Peru; and encourage integration amongst Peruvians living abroad. Their dances draw you in, captivating every audience they perform to. If you miss their workshop, keep your eyes peeled as they’ll be popping up throughout Smithfield during the day!
Gray School of Arms specializes in the Spanish system of La Verdadera Destreza, a weapons and hand to hand fighting. Joining us at BlueFire Street Fest is Nathan Gray, a teacher of fight choreography for film, TV and stage actors. With a total of 21 years experience in various styles of martial arts, he teaches from Dublin city, while working with multiple schools around Ireland and abroad.