Afro Beats Dance Class
- Class Description: Do you love soca, dancehall, hip hop, or reggae? Do you want to learn about different cultures and meet new people? In this dance fitness class, we’ll focus on different Afro-Caribbean styles of dance and shake off all our stresses together through our passion to dance. No experience required… just a positive attitude!
- Location: Studio 4
- Class Duration: 50-minutes
Mondays at 7:30pm - This class is open to all students
Wednesdays at 6:30pm - This class is open to only to individuals who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour*
*This initiative follows the provisions of a special program and special employment as outlined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/your-guide-special-programs-and-human-rights-code.
Meet the Afro Beats Instructor, Zoe!
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a Chinese-Caymanian queer woman, who is in my second year of my Concurrent Education Program at Queen’s University. I chose to come to Queen’s because this program will help me a lot after university to become an English/Drama teacher for middle school or high school.
What does your role as Afro Beats dance instructor mean to you?
When I found out I got this position, I was absolutely ecstatic because for me this is a way to connect to my culture while I am in Canada as well as to foster community. I have been teaching dance for a very long time in Cayman and it means so much to me to be able to continue that.
What makes you most excited about teaching classes to BIPoC students in the Queen’s community?
I am most excited to meet people with similar and different cultures to me. I want to create a mini community in my class where we can all express ourselves and where we are from and how we identify through dance.
What does Yellow House mean to you?
I really appreciate Yellow House and all they do to make marginalized students feel safe in this community. I know from first-hand experience that university can be difficult because trying to establish a new sense of belonging in a different environment is incredibly hard. Initiatives by Yellow House to ease this transition means the world to many Queen’s students, including myself.
Favorite show to binge right now?
The shows I am binging right now are Drive to Survive and New Girl. Do you have a favorite podcast? My favorite podcast is My Favorite Murder.
I am an avid reader and I have loved so many books, and I honestly couldn’t choose one that was my favorite, but as someone who want to be an English/Drama teacher one day I think that everyone should read at some point in there life Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.