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TheWoodShed Online Dance Platform would like to cordially invite you  to our first online Carnival Series, Mas’ Beyond Borders. This year’s series will include yearlong programming and will kick off Feb. 10th, 2021 via our online dance platform. 


Mas’ Beyond Borders is a dance series which seeks to:

  • Provide online accessible dance pedagogy and training to all students across the globe 

  • Push boundaries related to movement and its’ inherited connection to embodied and collective liberation and resistance activation

  • Examine how the vernacular of dance intersects, strengthens, and creates cross-cultural relationships in communities through the use of technology 

  • Encourage civic growth and development

  • Enhance the professional and global perspective of dance in a virtual setting

  • Examine and locate female centered praxis as it relates to Caribbean embodiment, aesthetics, and ritual(s)

Instructors and Schedule 



CaribFunk Fitness is a Caribbean inspired mind, body, and soul adventure that focuses on your complete health and wellness. This interval training class includes, dance, kickboxing, plyometrics all performed to soca, Afrobeat, hip hop, jazz funk, dancehall, soca, salsa and more to tone and sculpt. The class also includes a toning section that incorporates light weights (CaribFunk Toning).

Saturday, 1pm -2:00pm EST


Makeda Thomas 

Trinidad & Tobago

WHEN DOLLS DANCE- Join Belmont Baby Dolls Band Leader Makeda Thomas, Band Members, and Friends for a special Lecture on the Baby Doll Traditional Masquerade of Trinidad & Tobago. 

Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021 at 6pm


Jamie Philbert

Trinidad & Tobago

Philbert-Kalinda Technique for Dance and Performance is founded on the martial and cultural living tradition of Trinidad and Tobago's Kalinda and kalinda born forms. The technique builds dynamism through percussive movements, off-centered balancing, spiral motion, reflective reflexes, vocal and breathwork. During the Woodshed dance online series, participants will learn traditional lavways (call and response), journal, and learn PKT movement codifications. 

Friday, 12 February 2021 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

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Kieron D. Sargeant

Trinidad & Tobago 

This class focuses on Traditional Carnival Character and their dance forms, that emerged out of the Canboulay riots of 1881, known as ‘Cannes Brulees’, or ‘Burning of the Cane’, which commemorated the extinguishing of cane fires in the sugar cane plantations, during the era of enslavement. The class also focuses on the reconstructing and deconstructing of the Traditional Carnival Character Dances, to build narratives and social issues inside contemporary dance practices.


Materials for Workshop- Fan, Stick (broomstick length), mask, Hat. (Not Mandatory)

Sunday, 14 February 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST


Patriann Edwards

Trinidad & Tobago 

This exciting class invites the participant to experience a taste of the afro-traditional dance forms of Trinidad and Tobago. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the history & dance aesthetics of the dance forms which originates from the beautiful conglomeration of African cultures that traversed to Trinidad and Tobago during & post transatlantic slave period. Class will be accompanied by music afro-indigenous to T&T, to help the participants achieve a rhythmic understanding of the form.NB: A flare dance skirt is recommended for this class but not mandatory. Bare feet are preferred. OPEN TO ALL LEVELS

Saturday, 13 February 2021 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Carnival Monday, 15 February 2021 at 1:00pm -2:30pm EST 


Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez


 Afro-mix, Dale Sabor! Come celebrate Carnival in this Afro-mix's class! This class is rooted in Afro-Diasporic and Africanist movement aesthetics that reflect Cobblah ’s diverse training in Contemporary and traditional Modern, Afro-Cuban, Salsa and West African dance techniques. Participants will explore polyrhythms while maintaining a connection to their individual self and community

Monday, 15 February 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

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