My name is Mesi Walton and I’m excited to announce that I will be joining the BloomU family of instructors teaching Diaspora Dance every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 7:30pm starting March 7th.
Explore dance and cultural traditions of the African Diaspora including, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Ghana, Senegal and The Gambia.
As an African-American attending public schools in Chicago I was taught about Ancient Greece, the writings of Shakespeare and the U.S. Constitution but the teachings about my history would come from outside of the classroom. My parents recognized the gaps in my education and committed themselves to instilling in my siblings and I a strong identity connected to pride in our culture and history. We were fortunate to have access to so much knowledge at a young age and I have adopted as a personal mission the learning and sharing of African culture with others in order to broaden our scope of the world.
Traveling and learning about music and dance has greatly enlarged my perspective of the dance world to extend beyond the confines of continental Africa, to encompass cultural Africa—i.e. the diasporic regions of the Caribbean and Latin America. Each trip has allowed me to add another piece to the puzzle which is more information I am able to share with the world. I am interested in the story behind dance. I ask the questions, “What is the message is in the dance? Why was it created? What does the group or person want to express?”. Dance is it’s own language, and it can communicate so many things all at once.
Here at BloomBars with dance as my vehicle, I am committed to sharing what I know in order to connect us in positive ways through culture. Each session of classes will be an opportunity to gain mastery of a particular dance within the African Diaspora. Since dance is an interconnected form of expression, we will discuss, explore and learn about the history, spirituality, music, language and reason it is done.
Whether I am learning, teaching or performing Samba, Salsa, or Soca the fun comes from sharing it with you and I invite you to come and enjoy a step of the journey with me!