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The BuckShop! Second Line Dance Class+ Parade w/ Michelle Gibson

  • Malonga Casquelourd Center For The Arts 1428 Alice Street Oakland, CA, 94612 United States (map)

Afro Urban Society x Bakanal de Afrique, with The Oakland Secondline Project, presents

11/18 | 2-4PM
[The BuckShop] w/ Michelle Gibson & Oakland Secondline Project [Live Music] Secondline Dance Workshop & Parade 
Malonga Casquelourd Center: 1428 Alice St, Oakland: 2nd Floor, Studio A 
$20 Early Bird | $25 later (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Youth/Student Group Discounts Available email to request

Community Marketing Associate Kongo SQ West Kinship Society, nzoCALIFA Dance Works, supported by Rara Tou Limen

Instructed & Ushered by New Orleans Native Michelle Gibson and accompanied by authentic LIVE Secondline Band MJ’s Brass Boppers of The Oakland Second Line Project, the BuckShop will engage you in the culture and traditions of the Black New Orleans community as it pertains to our dance, music & history. New Orleans, one of the most unique and culturally enriched cities in the United States, continues to maintain its Diasporic traditions everyday through its music, dance, food, language, and art just to name a few. Conjuring up dances on the scared grounds of Congo Square, as we Second Line down the streets of Oakland is who we be.

This event is presented as part of the Afro Urban Society's 2018 Bakanal de Afrique, Afro Urban Festival For more information and full festival listing visit


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11/18 | 2-4PM | The BuckShop | Malonga Casquelourd Center, Oakland  
1428 Alice St, Oakland: 2nd Floor, Studio A 
Secondline Dance Workshop & Parade with Michelle Gibson & Oakland Secondline Project
Co-presented by Rara Tou Limen & The Oakland Secondline Project


Michelle N. Gibson [The BuckShop]
Choreographer, Cultural Ambassador, Educator, and Performing Artist Michelle N. Gibson received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival at Duke University.

Michelle is a nine year faculty member with the American Dance Festival’s six week and three week school intensive held at Duke University. She has taught and set choreography at various intensives, institutions and universities such as Middlebury College, Spelman College, and Henderson State University just to name as few. Michelle has also choreographed for several theater companies and live entertainment organizations locally and across the country.

Michelle’s choreographic works range from genres of the African Diaspora, Afro and Contemporary Modern, Afro Funk, Jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic. One of her latest choreographic works, Voices of Congo Square, uses the rich culture and history of the Black Mardi Gras Indians that premiered in 2018 during the 300th Tri-Cenntinal Celebration of New Orleans at the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans LA.

Most recently, Michelle has been appointed as the new Interim Artistic Director of the African American Dance Ensemble founded by the legendary choreographer, scholar, historian, educator, humanitarian, and her mentor Baba Chuck Davis.

Michelle, a candidate for Katherine Dunham Technique Certification, has traveled to Rennes, France sharing her New Orleans Second Aesthetics as a Guest Lecturer at the Compagnie Engrenage. While there, she performed at the festival Le Funk Prend Les Rennes (translated the Funk Takes the Reins). The festival honored and focused on the brass band culture of New Orleans both in music and dance along with focusing on Nigerian Afrobeat .

Michelle's current projects involve sharing her New Orleans culture through a series of workshops she’s coined The New Orleans Original BuckShop. The New Orleans Original BuckShop engages communities and participants in the culture and Diasporic traditions of Black New Orleans as pertains to the rooted history of the city, through dance, language, art and music. Using her Second Line Aesthetic in dance workshops, lectures, and demonstrations, with a focus on improvisation and the importance of New Orleans Brass Music, she acquaints participants with Second Line as a rooted spiritual impulse for the movement.

As a contracted artist with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Community Artists Program, Michelle is also sharing her gift of dance through movement therapy workshops with seniors in facilities throughout the Dallas Metroplex. She originated a curriculum for senior workshops and programming while a resident artist at Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans La.

In 2013, Michelle was awarded a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network Creation Fund Grant to produce her first one woman show entitled Takin’ It To The Roots, a co-commission by South Dallas Cultural Center and Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans. This production was also made possible in part by National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts. Takin It To The Roots made its Dallas premiere in March, 2016 and then premiered in her hometown of New Orleans at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in October 2016. Takin' It to the Roots investigates the creative impulse and practice that is rooted in Michelle’s New Orleans African lifestyle.

Focusing on the importance of cultural exchange and community engagement, Michelle has traveled extensively as a guest artist. Michelle has shared her expertise and aesthetic at the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Arts and Soul Festival, Dallas Arts District Block Party, Booker T. Washington School of Performing and Visual Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, El Centro Community College, Vogel Alcove Child Care Center for the Homeless, KU Trio Talent Search, the Alabama Dance Festival, the Regional High School Dance Festival in Madison Wisconsin, and Black Dance USA in St. Louis, Missouri and the American Dance Festival. Michelle was commissioned to re-stage her work for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre entitled Displaced Yet Rebirthed for their Cultural Awareness Concert Series preformed February 2018 in Dallas Texas. Fall 2018 Michelle is thrilled to join the Booker T. Washington High School For The Performing and Visual Arts Dance Conservatory faculty.

Bakanal de Afrique (BdA), 
is an Afro Urban festival. The gifted child of Afro Urban Society, BdA brings us together across cultures, and showcases new, emerging and underground urban art, culture and people through performance, workshops, visual media and conversations. The festival features multiple days of events in collaboration with artists and various organizational partners.

Afro Urban Society
is an exuberant network of brilliant artists and culture workers dedicated to celebrating the unique expressions of Urban Africans through programs, performances and productions.

The Oakland Second Line Project
Founded by native New Orleanian Nate Cameron and Bay Area brass band MJ’s Brass Boppers, The Oakland Second Line Project is a cultural community experience bringing the authentic African roots of Second Line History and spirit of community building from New Orleans to POC communities of Oakland, Ca. The Oakland Second Line Project aims to bring free quality black cultural arts community experiences to black neighborhoods of Oakland, Ca that otherwise would not traditionally have access to them. Our brand hopes to achieve leaving the black communities we work in inspired with sustainable ideas, skills, community resources, joy, and networking system all while appreciating and supporting local black arts and artists. 
FB: The Oakland Second Line Project 
IG: @OaklandSecondLine

Kongo SQ West Kinship Society [Community Marketing Associate]
Inspired by its historical moniker, Kongo SQ West Kinship Society boasts over 10 years of dedicated service “serving to build bridges, restore networks and bind cultural ties.” In response to the Gulf Coast Hurricanes, a call to action propelled its launch in 2005 providing distinct services of impact in Relief campaign advancement and Social Entrepreneurship to include: Bay Area, CA, New Orleans, Harlem, Houston, Haiti, Peru and the Congo. A respected leadership in creating “kinship-partnered” initiatives, co-produce Commemorative concerts and events in the Bay Area such as A Night of Tribute in Dance: Honoring Dance & Drum Pioneers partnered with the San Francisco Int'l Festival, The Malonga Center #REUNION2013 partnered with City of Oakland Parks and Rec , Rara Tou Limen's Rasanble Haitian Arts and Culture and Cristo Moreno: Afro Peruvian Musical partnered with De Rompe y Raja Cultural Organization. Building ART with celebrated Visionaries, Change leaders and Cultural Architects, that manifest a legacy of excellence in Cultural Arts. #KSQwest:

●kinship portals: Oakland, New Orleans, Harlem...
●kinfolks exchange: Salvador da Bahia, Haiti, Cuba, Peru
●African connexUS sites: Congo, Senegal, Guinea, Nigeria

Rara Tou Limen Established in 2004 by Artistic Director Portsha Jefferson, Rara Tou Limen has continually offered Bay Area residents, as well as people from all over the United States, the opportunity to experience Haitian music, dance and culture through classes, workshops, performances and educational events in both the United States and in Haiti. Our mission is to educate audiences about the richness of Haitian culture through artistic expression, while building and enhancing working relationships with other Haitian cultural groups in the U.S. and Haiti. The company is carrying on the long legacy of creating strength and solidarity within the Haitian community, while actively raising awareness (and funds) for Haitian organizations