“As a nurse practitioner my days are made up of many serious encounters, counseling patients who are struggling to get healthier. Your class has really given me an outlet to tap into my inner dancer self. thank you!”


~ Angela Pizzo  

“Your class environment is so inviting and I appreciate that I never feel judged.”

~ A.C.

“Your weekly classes are not only a fun activity that is invigorating, energizing, and inspiring; the class promotes a sense of community.  In yoga, it’s called sangha and is considered a key component in our full engagement with ourselves, our life. Sharing in a supportive social setting can often lead to having space and compassion, for the self, and in turn the community.  The growth of this class over the years, as well as how its presence and community has remained strong, attests to what you offer as a teacher.


Whether you are a serious dancer, looking to stay fit, or looking to the class for a weekly, fun release–it is all there. Plus, who can say no to live drumming?!?

That continues to evolve too…so awesome!  Thank you, Marita & crew!”


~Megu Hirayama


“You are an amazing teacher and the energy that you and these dances bring to us every week are contagious! Thanks for everything you do for the community and for bringing a little sunshine every week to our lives.”

~Raquel Martin Burgos

“The best dance class with incredible energy, drumming and pure joy! Love your huge heart. “

~ Deb Brennan

“I found the key to happiness. West African dance class. Every Tuesday night w/ Marita Kennedy-Castro… I’m hooked.”

~ Leigh Kellis


“Marita, Thank you for an amazing performance last night! Even after watching you dance many times before, I just had no idea! You inspire and invigorate! Looking forward to dancing with you again! in peace,”


“Thank you Marita for bringing this dance to Portland. You don’t have to be a dancer to learn this. This dance is a special experience because you will have a great work out but so much fun while you sweat. Live djembe drumming create vibration and energy, dancing barefoot allows a great connection to the floor and earth, and a beautiful cultural experience of learning dances from different ethnicities originating in West Africa. Experiencing a part of a different culture that is more in touch with nature and their heart chakra is so good for this western society that is very much in our head, busy, and distracted. Marita’s class is fun, a real work out and a healing experience.”

~Tanya Allen

Performing with Elvis Costello at the State Theatre

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