About This Class
Fogo Na Roupa Carnaval classes feature unique “Fogo-Style” choreography rooted in the Afro- Brasilian diaspora (i.e. samba, afro, samba reggea, frevo and afro contemporaneo). Classes are accompanied by a live Bateria (Brasilian drum ensemble) and are open to all levels. Classes include warm up, center work, progressions across the floor and all original choreographies.
About the Instructor
Born in El Salvador and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Metzi Henriquez is Artistic Director of Fogo Na Roupa performing company and Grupo Carnavalesco. She began her dance journey at San Francisco School of the Arts Dance Department where she studied under the direction of Elvia Marta and trained with artists such as Michelle Martin (Afro Haitian) and Reginald Savage (Jazz). After years training, performing and teaching in Eurocentric based dances, Metzi found inspiration in dances of the African Diaspora and became a student of Afro-Brasilian dance and folklore with Mestre Carlos Aceituno founder of Fogo Na Roupa. Her teaching repertoire consists of Step-in Out Dance Studio, SF Arts Education Residencies and guest artist workshops Oakland School of the Arts Savage Dance Summer Intensive, SF School of the Arts World Dance Department and New World Ballet. Her choreographies have been featured at Oakland Raiders Half times show, SF 49ers pre game show, Ethnic Dance Festival, World Arts West Rotunda Series and SF Symphony 100 year Celebration, among others. Her pride and joy is tending to the 30 year legacy of Mestre Carlos Aceituno, Fogo Na Roupa who under her direction has continued to win numerous Carnaval grand prizes and A Corazon del Barrio Award from Mission Cultural Center. She also holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and has been a practicing therapist for over 15 years for immigrant youth and families in San Francisco.