R I T E S O F P A S S A G E ( R O P )
Is a comprehensive educational outreach program serving primarily youth ages 8-18 years in throughout the East Bay. The program offers free classes in Oakland Public schools, and year round low cost classes after school, on Saturdays, and during the summer at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts. Students learn traditional styles of movement and music such as West African, Haitian, Cuban, and Brazilian, as well as more contemporary forms such as Modern/Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet. Sessions will include Spoken Word and Percussion. Through this programming, young people have the opportunity to learn from master artists rooted in traditional artistic forms that are strongly interwoven within African American culture. Most importantly it also helps students to work collectively and develop a deeper sense of their self-esteem . ROP sessions begin in October (fall), January (spring), and June (summer). Each session culminates with a performance, the largest being the annual spring play in May that is written and directed by ROP students and “It Takes Village” a community celebration of all cultures. There are limited scholarships available.
Please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 465-3363 for further information regarding classes and registration.