Queer History + Divine Booty Shaking + QTBIPOC community

 Brought to you by Eye Zen Presents and Sol Vida Worldwide.

A three-part series of soulful, inclusive experiences to explore embodiment and storytelling.These two-hour sessions are a fertile ground for the fabrication and fabulous retelling of queer history with an opportunity to release your mind, have fun and get free in the body.

These workshops are for self-identifying QTBIPOC established and emerging artists, performers, thespians, dancers, storytellers, and educators.

Each week we will gain inspiration, thematic guidance and inspiration from local queer ancestors. Come prepared to take risks, explore acting, dance, storytelling, and holistic wellness through guided embodiment.

10/11/2019: Zack Thompson - (1935 - 1996) Legendary San Francisco-based African-American dancer and choreographer, Thompson became an internationally known jazz dancer, working with Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, Johnny Mathis, Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin. He died of AIDS at the age of 61 in 1996 at Laguna Honda in SF.

10/18/2019:: Gladys Bentley - (1906 - 1960) Famed Harlemite singer known as the Brown Bomber of Sophisticated Song wore a tuxedo just as she proudly wore the title “Bulldagger,” Gladys Bentley’s voice infused the room with excellence, carrying with it realities of an open lesbian policed for her masculine appearance.

10/25/2019: Sylvester - (1944-1988) joined The Cockettes in the early 1970s and soon met his collaborator Patrick Cowley. Together, a magical combination, they unleashed two disco classics: You Make Me Feel, Mighty Real and Dance, Disco Heat. Known as The Queen of the Castro and San Francisco’s International Disco Diva, Sylvester died of AIDS in San Francisco at age 40.

This series will be led Axé!

April (Axé) Charmaine,  is a world-renowned, award-winning holistic dance and performing arts educator, producer, artist, choreographer, author, and founder of Sol Vida Worldwide.  Axé has shared this love and light in the United States, Ghana, Guatemala, Brasil, Colombia, France and Spain. Sol Vida Worldwide is shifting normalcy guiding transformative dance and wellness experiences online and across the globe. Leading an embodied revolution for radical self-love and authentic expression.  

For more information visit: www.solvidaworldwide.com @solvidaworldwide

A bold and brilliant leader
— Melissa Michaels, Golden Bridge, SomaSource
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She (Axé) meets each person “where they are” as an individual, performer and person. Her work is always organic, unique, and beautiful. It is and always has been clear to me that dance is Axé tool to empower.
— Lee Lee Newcomb, Kent Theatre Denver