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April 15: DJ Mundi | Olu, Bramani, Jennifer Faust, Sadira, Millie Maddox

This week, we have Special Guest OLU from Los Angeles, CA, joining residents Bramani, Millie Maddox, Jennifer Faust and Sadira. Taking the decks this week is new resident DJ Mundi.

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Olu is a diverse performer who works in venues ranging from private parties, corporate events, night club promotions and dance theater.  She’s had the pleasure of performing for a dynamic array of audiences and has collaborated with several well noted artists along the way. With a style all her own…….personality along with a solid background in American Cabaret and Tribal Fusion are infused with the never ending inspirations from day to day life. As an improvisational dancer, Olu goes where the music, theme and vibe take her.
Olu is known for her musicality, earthy presence and skill in using props such as zills, veil and sword.  She is also known for her technique, snake-like undulations, passion and grounded nature. This eclectic balance of mediums allow Olu the ability to perform for a wide range of audiences.
Olu can be seen in public performances in and around th LA area as a Soloist and also as a member of Lumina Bellydace Company and Elysium Dance Theatre.  www.olubellydance.net
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DJ MUNDI is an unusual kind of DJ. In latin, mundi means ‘of the world’ and indeed his soundcloud page features an extremely wide range of music including Zimbabwean mbira, Afro-house, Colombian cumbia, Indian/UK bhangra, Egyptian shaabi, Reggae Dancehall from around the world and more.. Based in Oakland California, his eclectic mixes and live sets have gained respect from far and wide and have recently been featured in multiple online magazines and blogs such as Afropop Worldwide, Generation Bass and Global Ghetto.

Listen to his recent Egyptian Electro Sha3bi Mix on Generation Bass.

He credits the public library across the street from where he grew up as his greatest musical influence because it was there, at a young age that Mundi began listening to, reading about and collecting music from across the globe. Currently he’s working on things as varied as “a mix of new African music from all around the continent, South African house, Angolan kuduro, Ghanian azonto, Ivorian coupe decal” and a “General Levy dancehall-rock remix with arabic strings” among them. Follow him on soundcloud and facebook to keep up with the latest.

https://soundcloud.com/djmundi

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Join us Every Tuesday for global beats and dance performances with rotating resident and special guest DJs, dancers and musicians.
Tuesdays 9pm-1am
Dance Performances at 10pm
f8 – 1192 Folsom St., SF
$5 cover ($5-10 sliding scale on Special Nights).
Free before 9:30, if you ask.
Drink Specials each week.
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March 25: Dulce Vita, Marci Ann, Bramani, Millie Maddox, Jadeera, Fayzah

We have another extended dance performance lineup this week with Fayzah from New York joining us. Also residents and Special Guests Marci Ann, Bramani, Millie Maddox and Jadeera. Following performances, Dulce Vita takes the decks for some late night global beats.

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Fayzah Fire is a multidisciplinary performer based in New York City. Classically trained from a young age growing up, she continued exploring different dance styles, mainly based on the music that moved her. Her own ‘World + Street Styles Dance Method™’, blends elements of  World Dance styles, Popping, Waving, Hip Hop, & Groove theory.
She is an accomplished Tribal-Fusion dancer, Fire performer, Argentine Tango dancer, innovator of Tango-Bellydance Fusion, & DJ. She holds a teaching certificate in Middle Eastern Dance Arts, & co created Puerto Rico’s first Tango community before her move to NYC. Fayzah is a part of the NYC Street Styles dance scene and has co taught & performed with various legends & pioneers in this genre, in theater shows, & at famous NYC Hip Hop events, such as Guardians of Dance, 92St Y, & Behind the Groove. She has danced with Neville Dance Theater in NYC since 2006, and been cast in various roles in company repertoire, as well as contributing her own solo works to Off Broadway productions.
She is greatly influenced by nature, especially by creatures who live in the ocean, (both real and fantasy).
Fayzah has taught master classes & performed in various countries in Asia, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean,
as well as across the US. NYC teaching credits include Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey’s, & Djoniba Dance & Drum Centre. She is the co founder of Triple Treat Dance workshops, which combines healing arts & dance, & has led trance dance retreats in the rain forest. Her choreographic works are featured on several performance DVD’s, and she has two instructional DVD’s out, “Fluid Tribal” & “Android Goddess”. Fayzah’s web site: DanceSpiral.com

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Marci Ann discovered bellydance in 2001, on a whim, when she and her sister picked summer classes at the Discovery Learning Annex in Chicago. Her left brain linguistics sister pick Japanese 101, while Marci thought Beginner Cabaret Bellydance would be a lot more fun. Immediately falling in love with the dance she sought out Jasmin Jahal School of Dance. In 2006 Marci’s dance life changed forever when she discovered Rachel Brice on a performance dvd. She gravitated to the snaky salutary movements and the ethnic aesthetic of Tribal Fusion Bellydance. Not having access to Tribal Fusion in Chicago she taught herself thru educational dvd from Rachel brice, Fat Chance BellyDance, Zoe Jakes, Kami Little and others, often traveling to take workshops from these artist. At this time she performed in the Chicagoland area developing her technique and personal dance aesthetic. Marci Ann started studying Javanese dance with Danielle Meijer and became interested in fusing the two dance forums. She won First Place and Audience Choice in the 2008 Midwest Bellydance Challenge, for a Javanese Fusion piece. She began teaching Tribal Fusion at Arabesque Chicago and also creating two dance troupes, Akasha a yoga bellydance fusion group sponsored by Yoga Now Chicago, and Turkish Drop with Danielle Meijer and Christina Cornier. In 2010 Marci Annmoved to San Francisco to continue her dance education. She immersed herself in the dance culture and aesthetic of west coast. Always enjoying the creative process of making her own costumes Marcibegan freelancing for Medina Maitreya Designs and has made costume numerous dancer including Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique. She is currently producing a line of headdress under her brand Turkish Drop. Marci Ann is excited about exploring the possibility of Indonesian dance and the prospects The Bhoomi Project.

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Jadeera Rose is a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional sacred dance artist. She is a professional performer who experiences dance and performance as an opportunity to connect with and share with others the beauty and wisdom of ancient arts and cultures as well as the spirit of the present moment. Jadeera has performed with many dance companies, live bands, and as a solo artist at a variety of venues including: theatres, clubs, festivals, restaurants, private parties, schools and senior centers. She has traveled internationally as a dancer and has performed dance for H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamasala, India. She dances in the “Mandala of Tara” a sacred dance prayer based on the qualities of the divine feminine. Jadeera is a teacher of the “Tara Dance” and other forms of movement as she is also a certified teacher of yoga and qigong. She spent the past summer on Maui teaching Brazilian Dance, Belly Dance, Kids Dance, Yoga and Tara dance.

As a Belly Dancer, Jadeera Rose offers “Sacred Spirit Belly Dance” which is her own unique style that has blossomed from the center of her being. When she dances, she intends to be a channel of Qi and invokes the spirit of the ancestral belly dancer to bring joy, light and healing to the space, the audience and herself.

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+ UN Resident Dance Performance Artists MILLIE MADDOX and BRAMANI.

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And the BIRTHDAY GIRL + DJ for the night … DULCE VITA

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Feb 25: SEIX live, Kami Liddle’s Strange Brew Hafla, Dulce Vita, Gold Star Dance Co.

Ok, so we have another extra kick-ass Underground Nomads coming up this week.
We’re talking a live music ensemble, DJ sets … And 30 dancers – Yes, 30 dancers performing for you.

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The night starts early. 9pm doors as usual but the Performances start at 9:30pm Sharp. We have 2 sets of performances, 2 live music sets and dancefloor DJ sets.

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Special Features:

SEIX – Live quartet featuring members of The Fishtank Ensemble.
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A night with Seix is a night of Music, Love and Abandon. The music maps the far corners of the globe, and the luscious interiors of our souls. Turkish, Gipsy, Flamenco, Hungarian, and here and there a sensual nod to the greats of Rock and Roll.

KAMI LIDDLE‘s Strage Brew Hafla + Gold Star Dance Co featuring 20+ dancers performing at the show, plus Kami herself and Gold Star Dance Co.
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Gold Star Dance Company is an innovative dance company rooted in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance in which five strong stars have found their voice. Award winning dancer and choreographer Kami Liddle, a leading lady and respected authority in the Tribal Fusion Belly Dance genre who has taught in over two dozen countries, carefully selected these dancers to translate her choreographic vision. Gina Bruno, Rose Harden, Kae Montgomery and Julie Rea have all had their time in the studio to become the dancers they are today. Additionally, they come to Gold Star Dance Company with years of their own experience shining on stage. Together they have set out to combine this young and constantly evolving dance style with elements of jazz, modern, hip hop and classical ballet.Coming from varying backgrounds but firmly rooted and skilled in the movements of contemporary belly dance, Gold Star Dance Company aims to bring together the unique voices of these dancers through their shared musicality, technique, elegance and strength. Gold Star Dance Company Director and Choreographer Kami Liddle, whose choreographic work has been featured on PBS and on worldwide tours of the Belly Dance Super Stars, works to constantly refine and adjust the voice and compatibility of the dancers as a group.

And, of course, DULCE VITA rockin the decks.DulceShine
Dulce Vita, one of SF’s DJ Treasures, is a resident with Opulent Temple and Underground Nomads. See her profile page  above.

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Cover for this night will be a $5-10 sliding scale. We have an extra-big lineup and this is a fundraiser for Gold Star Dance Co. All proceeds go to the Musicians, Dancers, DJs and to keep these night going and growing.

Nov. 26: The Lady Fred, Dulce Vita, Dan Cantrell, Maneesh the Twister + More – DJ Amar’s Birthday party – Extended Dance Performance lineup

UN_FB_Nov26_DulceThis week, we bring you a Pre-Thanksgiving Thanks with an extra-Special lineup of DJs, Dancers and Live music.Resident Dulce Vita and Amar’s Surya Dub partner Maneesh the Twister will be rockin the dancefloor late into the night.Friend and musical collaborator Dan Cantrell will be bringing the live vibe with his accordion. Amar’s first Dance+DJ collaboration partner, Frederique -aka- The Lady Fred, will be joining the lineup too. And there’s more … DulceDanManeesh Dance performances by: The Lady Fred, Jodi Waseca, Verbatim, Jennifer Faust, Tatyana, Millie Maddox. Plus possible surprises :). UNdancersNov26 As an added bonus, early-arrivals will be greeted with some freshly brewed Chai and snacks, plus f8’s new Taco Tuesdays Happy Hour extending into the early part of Underground Nomads.

October 29: Jimmy Love, Zoe Jakes + French Tribal Embassy + Calamity Sam

We have a 5th Tuesday this month with an extra-special guest lineup which includes a dozen dancers from France, featuring solo performances by ZOE JAKES & CALAMITY SAM, both joining in for a late night UNMATA style I.T.S. set (Improvizational Tribal Style Belly Dance) to music mixed live by JIMMY LOVE and DJ AMAR.

NOTE: This night starts early, at 8:00pm. Performance sets at 9:00pm (details below).

Non Stop Bhangra’s DJ Jimmy Love will be rockin a global mix, bringing out tunes you won’t hear at Non Stop Bhangra. Not saying there won’t be any bhangra in the mix, but this is one of those rare sets where Jimmy puts on his Global Gloves and showcases a boundary-defying mix of sounds right in line with the Underground Nomads vibe – Breaking Boundaries of Genre and Culture.

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San Francisco based DJ and Producer Jimmy Love is co-founder of the legendary Non Stop Bhangra parties at Public Works, as well as member of award winning party crew Surya Dub. Jimmy has been rocking the SF Scene and beyond with his unique blend of Electronic, Reggae, Bhangra and Hip-Hop mixes for years, bridging the gap between Eastern and Western dance floors. His remixes have been featured everywhere from the Ghetto Funk blog, BBC Asian Network to The Rub’s remix wall. Bay Area heavyweight, he has shared the bill with some of the top touring acts and traveled all over North America spreading the love.

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Hosting the FRENCH TRIBAL EMBASSY on The Golden Trail West Coast tour are Djeynee from Paris and Mat Jacob from Montreal. Both have been integral in spreading appreciation, support and knowledge of American Tribal Style (ATS), Improvizational Tribal Style (ITS) and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance worldwide. Djeynee has hosted just about every top notch Tribal and Fusion belly dancer from the US at her Tribal Umrah festivals in France, Including Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle and Unmata – to name just a few. Djeynee and Mat are hosting 20 dancers from France on a West Coast US tour taking them to Portland, Sacramento and San Francisco, to train with Rachel Brice, Amy Sigil and Zoe Jakes – as well as FatChanceBellyDance, Jill Parker and others. While here, they will be performing at UNDERGROUND NOMADS on this night, showcasing the amazing talents France has to offer, in this Exclusive intimate engagement in SF.

A dozen dancers from France will be performing, joined by the amazing local talents of ZOE JAKES and CALAMITY SAM. Both will give solo performances and join a late night ITS group performance together with Djeynee, Mat and the ladies from France.

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Drawing on her varied and well-rounded performance background, Zoe Jakes has developed a versatile instruction style all her own. Katarina Burda (an original member of Bal-Anat) was her first teacher and influence, and Zoe was a company member of Katarina’s troop Aywah! along with the talented Mira Betz, also an inspiration and longtime teacher, and Elizabeth Strong, whom she spent years performing in the bay area in their group, Arabesque. She went on to perform with Suhaila Salimpour, spent a few years learning how to get in peoples faces in Extra Action Marching Band, and immersed herself in Vaudeville-americana touring with The Yard Dogs Road Show. A proud member of The Indigo Belly Dance Company, Zoe holds Mardi Love and Rachel Brice amongst her teachers and inspiration. Currently Zoe is touring with her band Beats Antique, a group that has 6 albums and hundreds of live shows under their belt. She designs and makes many of her own costumes and co-produces tracks with Beats Antique, adding set designer, and stylist to her body of work.  Zoe has the desire and opportunity to bring belly dance to the masses, having performed at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonneroo festivals in front of thousands of people that don’t know belly dance from an elephant. It is her passion that belly dance can get a wider recognition and respect, and as a touring workshop instructor her classes reflect this ideal, focusing on strong technique and long term motivation.

Zoe has recently joined the Hot Pot Global team and is bringing UNMATA style ITS into her Beats Antique shows (Upcoming Nov. 16th show at the Fillmore will feature Unmata and Calamity Sam). Here’s a lil taste of Hot Pot style from the recent Beats Antique show in PIttsburgh, PA.

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Most known for her musicality and ability to connect with the audience, Calamity Sam is not afraid to ham it up and show her sense of humor on stage. She has been a featured performer and instructor in France, Holland, Spain, England, and across the U.S. Sam is based in Oakland, CA where she teaches Unmata/Hot Pot I.T.S.,co-produces Taverna Nights with Tatyana Balte, and the Tribal Fest Afterparty with DJ Amar.  You’ll find her regularly in Los Angeles performing at Zulu Lounge, and producing an Improv night in L.A. called Eclectic Ensemble with DJ Amar.
Calamity Sam is currently the Exclusive Bay Area UNMATA / Hot Pot I.T.S. instructor, offering classes in the East Bay on Monday nights at Ellen Webb Studio in Emeryville. Visit thecalamitysam.com for details.
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Doors 8PM.
Performances start at 9PM.
DJ Amar spins between performance sets.
2nd Performance set at 10PM.
Dancefloor DJ sets with JIMMY LOVE & AMAR till closing (1AM or later)
Late Night ITS sets during the DJ sets.
$5-10 sliding scale cover – goes to support the artists.
Drink Specials inspired by our visitors from France.
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1192 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA
Underground Nomads happens Every Tuesday at F8 with different DJs and dancers each week.

October 22: Dulce Vita, Janaka Selekta, Sirenas Morenas, Kae Montgomery

This week, we have a reunion of sorts, with resident dancer Miss Kelly joined by Marci Ann and Medina to form the new trio Sirenas Morenas.

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Brought together by their love of the dance Miss Kelly, Marci Ann, and Medina Maitreya banded together instantly, each contributing their unique dance backgrounds to this project. From the graceful slink of Urban Tribal, the fiery edge of Atash Maya, and the beauty of The Bhoomi Project.
Together they are Sirenas Morenas.

Of course, it’s 4th Tuesday – so we have our beloved resident DJ Dulce Vita rockin the decks for your dancefloor pleasure.

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See Dulce Vita‘s Bio Page by clicking her photo above or clicking HERE.

Also joining us upon return from her tour in Japan, resident performer Kae Montgomery (Part of FatChanceBellyDance and Kami Liddle’s Goldstar).

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Kae Montgomery is a professional Tribal Style belly dancer who teaches and performs around the globe. She is a proud member of the world famous bellydance troupe, FatChanceBellyDance® as well as GoldStar directed by the BellyDanceSuperStarts, Kami Liddle. Kae just started new Tribal Belly Dance classes in Sunnyvale. Please join her at www.kaetribalbellydance.com and find out more about her fun and enriching classes!

Closing out the night, we have an encore set by Janaka Selekta, who joined us earlier this month, and will once again play at Underground Nomads before he heads back out on tour.

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Each Tuesday we begin at 9:00pm, with Free Entry before 9:30, Happy Hour till 10. Performances at 10pm. DJ Sets/open dancefloor after performances till 1am or later.

$5 cover after 9:30. Free before 9:30.

Launch Party … Dulce Vita + Kitty D

We are coming up on the Official Underground Nomads Launch Party, and doing it up big with a bass-bangin duo that you will not want to miss.

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You know her from the Massive dancefloors of the Opulent Temple: Underground Nomads resident Dulce Vita …

… Joined by Beat Church’s Kitty D, together on one night to celebrate our new weekly.

As usual, we will feature dance performances by some of the bay area’s most revered performance artists (performance lineup to be added this weekend).

As is the deal every week, we start at 9pm. You can come early and chill for Happy Hour at the bar. $5 cover starting at 9:30. Dance Performances at 10pm. DJ sets following, for the rest of the night. Official end time is 1am, but we will keep going as long as you’re dancing – all the way till 2.

2-for-1 cover before 11pm (just mention it at the door).

Come hang out with us to celebrate our new home: F8 at 1192 Folsom (formerly Icon Lounge). Enjoy a bigger amazing sound system, spacious dancefloor with an intimate vibe, couches to lounge on, a well stocked bar with awesome drink specials and a very friendly staff. A welcoming experience from the moment you walk up to the doorstep.

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