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Global Beats Stage DC – March 2010

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World Heritage Cultural Center is the grand sponsor for the Global Beats Stage for 2010 in LA, DC, CH, NY and Seattle – which started with our performances in NY October 2009.

WHCC’s goal is to bring the colors of the world on one stage and the artists in DC just did that! Please see all the amazing acts we had on stage with us in DC promoting cultural awareness through Dance and Music.

The groups listed below performed with us in DC. Please go to our Photo gallery section for more pictures on the performances. Enjoy!

Roberto Tapia (Instructor Busho)

Has been training with Capoeira Sul da Bahia for over 14 years in Chile and Brazil under the direction of Contre-Mestre Maxuel and Mestre Railson. Since moving to D.C., Roberto has spent the past four years teaching Capoeira to students at the University of Maryland and American University and now has a dedicated group of capoeiristas that train throughout the week at his own studio “RODA Movements”. Roberto has annually organized Batizados (Graduation Ceremonies) where the mestres, professors, and capoeristas of all levels participate in traditional dances as well as open rodas to initiate students with higher belts (as in other martial arts disciplines). Mestres and professors come from Brazil, France, Canada, and California to participate in these events, and this year will mark the fourth batizado of Roberto’s students. This year Roberto received the cord of instructor in Brazil at the 4th International Capoeira Sul da Bahia event.

Roberto works with students of all ages and has several afterschool programs and children’s classes in DC and MD. Additionally, Roberto organizes and performs in demonstrations and workshops across the DC metropolitan area and is passionate about passing on the rich culture and tradition of Capoeira.
Tel: 202.679.5149


Founded the U Street Caravan dance company in 2005 at the behest of her private students who wanted to present her choreography at Rakkasah East, an annual Middle Eastern dance festival in Somerset, New Jersey. Later that same year, they appeared in a show at the Jack Guidone Theatre with the legendary Delilah.

In 2006, the group returned to the Rakkasah stage for two performances and danced at a cultural arts celebration at American University and a halftime show for the Washington Freedom women’s soccer team.

U Street Caravan performed its first full repertoire revue – Farashah – at the Jack Guidone Theatre in August 2007 to two sold-out crowds. Following the success of that show, the Caravanas brought the house down as the finale to opening day of the citywide Dance DC Festival with West African dance troupe Kankouran.

In 2008, the women of the ‘Van performed their second full repertoire revue – Emra’a – again to two sold-out houses at the Jack Guidone Theatre. They continued on to two Dance DC showcases, including another blowout opening night appearance with Kankouran.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities invited U Street Caravan to participate in Dance DC for a third performance in 2009, opening the festival on the Atlas Performing Arts Center stage along with other world dance groups. They then performed their third annual show, Bazaar, in November 2009 once again on the Jack Guidone stage.

The members of U Street Caravan are renowned for their mixed repertoire of dances that puts a modern spin on the art of Raqs Sharqi – from spicy Spanish-Arabic fusion to emotive veil routines to hip-hop fusion and more. Please contact Yillah for booking information.

Memorable Structure (MS)

Is a full professional performing arts talent company. We promote the arts with Dance, Modeling, Music, Singing, Theatre, Photography, Visual Arts, Theatre Technicians, and much more. Every performance that we put on is a structure and alot of the audience members believe it to be Memorable. This company is under the direction of Internationally Dancers Unite; this does not mean you have to be a dancer to enter the company. To enter this company is by a call-audition process or appointment audition only and is for any type of artists’.
MS was founded by Delontay Brown and Carlos Gonzalez II; in Baltimore, MD and now has extended to Washington, D.C. in 2010. This company will be expected to be on a professional level at all times. This company will be performing year-round.

In the history of Memorable Structures’ artists we find many different unique things in each artist that is accepted. Each artist is driven. The many of talents that we discover are exceptional.

The Maple School of Irish Dancing

Is directed by Bill Maple and Marnie O’Callaghan-Maple. Bill, the 1982 North American Senior Men’s Champion and World Championship step dancer and Marnie, also a World Championship dancer, are accredited teachers of Irish dancing with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, in Ireland. Bill is also a certified adjudicator of Irish Dancing (ADCRG).

is directed by Bill Maple and Marnie O’Callaghan-Maple. Bill, the 1982 North American Senior Men’s Champion and World Championship step dancer and Marnie, also a World Championship dancer, are accredited teachers of Irish dancing with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, in Ireland. Bill is also a certified adjudicator of Irish Dancing (ADCRG).

Dancers from the Maple School have competed successfully at US Southern Region, US National and World Championship competitions. The school was honored to perform at the White House for US President Bush and Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahearn. Clips appeared on local news stations and on CNN. They have also performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Wolf Trap, on Fox 5 Morning News, and at various cultural festivals. Maple School Dancers have also appeared in the Celtic theatrical performance presented at the Lisner Auditorium with the Washington Revels and the Trinity Irish Dance Company.

They have danced at a number of charitable organizations including The N.I.H. Children’s Inn and local area nursing homes. Other credits include “Best Irish Dance School” at the Washington, D.C. St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Tel: 703.448.1146

The O’Neill-James School of Irish Dancing
“Celebrating 40 Years”

Founded in the fall of 1969 the O’Neill-James School is the longest established Irish dancing school in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area and cherishes its reputation for excellence. Dancers were proud to be a part of the 2009 Inaugural Festivities with the “Council for American Ireland Relations”. We have performed in The White House and The Capitol, and have appeared on several TV shows and many Celebrity events in the area. Hillary Clinton featured a picture of our dancers in her book “An Invitation to the White House”. Our dancers have performed twice for President G.W. Bush in the Capitol.

We also participate in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in Alexandria and Washington D.C. and Manassas. Last year we were honored as best dancing school in both parades and have been awarded best in parade in DC parade for the past 15 Years.

In 1988 we established the now world famous “Nation’s Capital Feis” (pronounced fesh i.e. competition) and ‘All-American Championships’ with participants from all corners of the United States, Canada and abroad.

About the Director: Laureen O’Neill-James – T.C.R.G. A.D.C.R.G. settled in the United States in 1964 with her parents. She was already a distinguished Irish Dancer with hundreds of awards to her credit. She won her first competition at the age of four. In November 2004 she was inducted to join her parents in the Irish Cultural Hall of Fame.

Laureen was voted the 2009 Best-Mannered Teacher by the National League of Junior Cotillions’. Laureen also received the 2009 Woman of the Year distinction by the American Biographical Institution.
Tel: 703.241.1978

Biography for DanceInTime and Director Barbara Bernstein

Barbara Bernstein has a background in ballroom, Salsa & Rueda, and foreign folk dance and has taught at studios, nightclubs, athletic facilities, and parks and recreation departments. As the director of DanceInTimeProductions, she produced shows for the Kennedy Center, the Verizon Center, the Washington D.C. Convention Center, FirstNightAnnapolis, etc.

She has conducted scores of Hispanic Heritage Shows for offices, school, and organizations all over the Washington DC metropolitan area. And she has conducted programs for Women’s History month and Women’s Equality Day with her “Women’s Team” as well. Barb loves to teach and was formerly a Mathermatics instructor at a small liberal arts college. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Maryland with expertise in teaching methods. She has created many teaching aids to help students learn to dance.

To help them with rhythm and timing, Bernstein produced “Rhythm Reminder,” an instructional CD. Barb wrote and published a short booklet to educate audiences on the history and rhythms of Salsa, Rueda, and other Latin dances. She has also written articles on dance topics for websites and electronic publications such as,, Latin Beat, and Candela magazine, as well as for printed magazines like The Scene and Sabor. Barb is also the co-organizer of the Baltimore Salsa Meetup Group, as well as the city representative for both Baltimore and Northern Virginia for the world’s largest Salsa website, For her efforts, on 3/31/04, Barb received the “Third Annual Tribute To Women in Salsa” Award for “outstanding dedication to the promotion of a vibrant Salsa community.”

And she was chosen to judge the “World Salsa/Rueda Championship Contest” at the 2004 and the 2005 Salsa Rueda Congress in Miami. She also judged a competition and taught a “Mega-class” at the Salsa Rueda Competition in Vancouver Canada on April 9, 2005. In addition, at an “International Dance Productions”-sponsored event in the fall of 05 and 06, Barb taught Salsa Rueda workshops and performed Rueda presentations at their Galas. In August 2007, her Dance Company’s “Women’s Team” performed and Barbara taught a workshop at the Miami Salsa Congress, which draws dancers from all over the world! A DanceInTime team also performed in August, 2008 and Sept. 2009 at the New York Salsa Congress; in July 08 in Puerto Rico, in June/July 2008 and 2009 at the Philadelphia Salsa Congress, and in the ’06, ’07, and 09 DC Salsa Congresses.

Dhoonya Dance

Is home of the best Bollywood talent, teachers and training providing simple, artistic instruction. The Dhoonya Method of Bollywood dance emphasizes strong fundamentals and choreography rooted in traditional, folk and classical Indian dance.

Established in 2005 as the pioneer in Bollywood-inspired modern South Asian dance classes and performances in the DC area, we have taught thousands of adults and children and now have offerings in NYC, DC, VA and MD. Dhoonya Dance Performance Company has thrilled audiences offering countless high-energy and vibrant performances.

It is our talented team that drives the creative engine of Dhoonya Dance. We are fueled by passion and positivity and we share our interpretations of Bollywood dance with common goals of fun, fitness and fundamentals.
Tel: 202.716.4400

  Kuchipudi Dance Academy (KDA)

was founded in 1996, by Mrs. Lakshmi Babu, under the guidance of her guru Padmasri Dr. Sobha Naidu.

KDA is an artistic institution that helps students develop an interest in the Kuchipudi dance form through classroom instruction nurture their interest in the art through participation in annual shows and public performances turn their interest in the Kuchipudi art to a passion, as the beginner lessons culminate in the form of a debut performance, the Rangapravesam.

An offering to Guru/Teacher
Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu
Guru Devo Maheshwaraha
Guru Sakshath Parabrahma
Tasmayi Sri Guruve Namaha

Lakshmi Babu
Kuchipudi Dance Academy Washington 13926 Rockingham Road Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301-528-5136 Cell: 301-351-6733

Pranava Natyam Kuchipudi Schhol of Dance

Anusha Nathan’s love for dance has been engrained in her mind ever since the age of three, when she was introduced to ballet. Alongwith her sister, Eisha, she had her Bharatanatyam Arangetram at Slayton House, Columbia, MD on September 6, 2009. Both sisters have been learning Bharatanatyam since the age of four from Guru Shobha Subramanian, Jayamangala School of Music and Dance since 2000 and are now continuing to take advanced lessons of Bharatanatyam from her. Anusha has recently also been taken under the wing of Guru Subha Maruvada, director of Pranava Natyam School for Kuchipudi Dance, noted Kuchipudi exponent in the tri state area. Anusha is an 8th grader, trained in western classical piano and is also a Black Belts in Karate, Ninjutsu style.

Anusha has also received intensive summer trainings from Guru Vasantasena, Nrityalaya School, Mumbai, and Gurus Anusha and Narendra of Chennai. Anusha have been performing at the annual Jayamangala School of Music and Dance showcase and in the tri-state area for the past several years. She has won awards for in various dance competitions such as AIA, KAGW, and FOKANA. She was also placed two years in a row in the Maryland Reflections PTA for original composition.
Tel: 301.448.0719

Kaution Dance Kru

was founded by Namaad Jackson and is dedicated in making big positive changes through the performing arts, especially dance. Kaution Dance is expecting to change the community and the world one step at a time, either it would be through a top rock, a six step, or a kick ball change, they hope to make very big changes in the world by dancing. On stage, the mission and goal is to put on fun, entertaining, and a memorable show. KDK views the community as a source of knowledge and information, and the dance stage as a viable opportunity to bring people in the community closer together as ONE.

Kaution Dance also aims to preserve the legacy of the Hip Hop Culture, by primarily using Hip Hop Dance as our main focus. We at KDK love to demonstrate movement as it goes beyond what people may see in a music video. The dance reflects the history of the Hip Hop culture and how it is use to entertain and engage, an diverse audience as it progresses throughout the world.

 Sahara Dance

Washington DC’s Center for Middle Eastern Dance, is a boutique dance studio dedicated to celebrating the joy and beauty of belly dance. Founded in 2004, Sahara Dance offers over 50 weekly belly dance classes at seven locations in DC, MD and VA. The studio is home to 16 faculty members, five resident performance companies, and over 600 belly dancers. Seeking to elevate belly dance as a performance art and to create a community for belly dancers, Sahara Dance produces several annual theater productions. Our shows and classes highlight both traditional and experimental styles of belly dance and Arab folk dance.

Our timeless art form is practiced by people of all ages from all walks of life. We dance to share in the transformative power of an ancient art form embracing femininity. Sahara Dance seeks to be your home for Middle Eastern dance. We hope you’ll join in the many community events we offer to share the dance, such as classes, workshops, salons, parties, and performances.

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