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Wednesdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm HST

Experience delight and exhilaration with Marnita’s bright, contagious energy in this uplifting dance class to move-your-body-now beats! Afro-Fusion blends dance styles and influences from the African Diaspora such as:

  • Afro-Brazilian Samba Reggae movement
  • Afro Beat
  • Afro Cuban Folklore
  • House movement

The movement takes its lead from the compelling music and rhythm of House and AfroBeat music. This class takes you on a movement journey through a ground-centering warm up focusing on isolations and a series of stretches to wake up the hips and spine. Marnita then masterfully moves you through an irresistible, invigorating dance class, drawing her inspiration from the African Diaspora. You cool down with gentle stretches, centering and settling your nervous system and reflecting within, before you head out, refreshed and revitalized.

This class is a sure way to move the body, excite the soul, and bring love and joy to the heart!

[Catch the vibes! Enjoy these video clips of Marnita dancing!]


Marnita Billups 

As soon as Marnita’s stellar smile reaches you in class, you know you are in good hands. Marnita not only knows how to dance from her soul, she knows how to share it with the rest of us!

Hailing from the beautiful sunshine state of California, Marnita has immersed herself in the arts as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and performer for over 18 years. She has trained in dance from the African Diaspora, Hip Hop, House, and Modern movement. Continuing her journey, she moved to NYC and became a company member of Francine E. Ott/ The Walk and was a member of  the all women Afro Brazilian Reggae Percussion Band called Batala. 

With a Masters in Social Work Marnita heads into the schools to be of service. She also continues to seek out ways to combine her academic studies with her love and passion for dance. Her simple philosophy:“Educate, Motivate, and Inspire.” =)

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