Afro-Caribbean Dance Week

February 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Maikue Vang

After School Art Class

An entire week of dance with Karlies Kelley

Monday–Friday, February 13–17
3:00–5:00 pm | FREE

We dedicate a full week to celebrating the African Diasporatic influence on dance and music of the Americas. Join us for Salsa, Bomba,Cumbia, Rumba, and much more! Led by the extraordinary dancer/choreographer Karlies Kelley.

All session of Afro-Caribbean Dance week, and other After School Art Classes are free. No registration required! However, parents of students attending for the first time must fill out an Emergency Contact Form before or during drop-off. Click here to fill out form online now.

*Students who attend this workshop will receive an opportunity for partial scholarship for 2017 Summer Art Camp Dance WeekJuly 18–21, through a random drawing.

** Classes will take place in the dance studio. No additional art classes this week.


“I love to dance because it is one of the purest forms of art; no materials needed, just ourselves moving through space and time, making or simulating sound, connecting with ourselves or others.” –Karlies Kelley

About Karlies Kelley
Karlies Kelley, originally from Panama, began her dance career as a Panamanian folk dancer. She moved to Milwaukee in 2004 and performed as a Latin dancer while earning her BFA in Dance at UWM. Her studies focused on African Diaspora dances, and was mentored by the esteemed Ferne Caulker-Bronson, the founder of Ko-Thi Dance Company. She specializes in Latin dance, but also proficient in other genres, including African, Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Aerial.

Karlies is the founder and director of Panadanza Dance Company, a dance studio and performance group.  She was awarded Chicago Samba Queen 2012, and often performs with Chicago Samba and Samba 1 Brazilian Dance Company. Karlies’ classes and performances are energetic and fun, yet challenging and informational for every level. She teaches the history behind each dance and proper body mechanics in order to avoid injury and perform best of one’s ability.

asac-01-300x283After School Art Class is our project-based after school programming during the semester, running from Tuesday–Friday weekly. All sessions are FREE and open to all students ages 6–12.

After School Art Class sessions are fun and creative, and encourages progression and achievement. Weekly planned projects help students learn new skills, build on existing ones and explore creative strengths. Students are encouraged to come for all sessions throughout the semester but drop-ins are also welcomed. Parents and siblings are welcome to join us on Fridays for Family Art Days.


Parents/guardians are not required to register for each After School Art Class session but are required to fill out a Emergency Contact Form for each academic school year (2016-17). The form can be filled out online or in person during drop-off.
Click HERE to fill out the form.

After School Art Class structure:

3:00–3:30 pm: Drop off // Sign in // Free draw
3:30–5:00 pm: Instruction // Art making
5:00–5:30 pm: Class Ends // Pickup