Meet Alexander Spires. Born and raised in Tallahassee FL, Alex found his passion for percussion when he was 15 years old. He joined his local school drumline and his range of instruments only grew from there. He is skilled in instruments from marching band percussion to classical percussion. In 2017, he began his journey learning African drums and is continuing his path as a student in the traditional arts of early music.
Se Pa'm Dance Company proudly introduces Génia Guirand.
Génia has her degree in Psychology. She currently works as a teacher. She has years of experience as a performer and as an instructor. She was trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and Latin American ballroom prior to traditional African and Afro diasporic dance. She was professionally trained and mentored by Kwame A. Ross in the art of dance and performance, using Afro Cuban, Brazilian, and Haitian music and folktales.
The concept of AfroFit is born of the sheer will to promote the contribution of the Afro-Caribbean culture in our world. In an effort to have a collective consciousness of the importance of the intercultural, and inclusive aspect of Afrofit, understanding the mission is primordial; an optimum state of health & wellness for every individual is a right, not a privilege. There is a multitude of avenues to obtain this level of wellness; Afrofit is one of them. What sets us apart from the others, is the Afrocentric influence in the approach. In addition we also want to shed light on the cultural aspect that influences Afrofit's mission. This mission rests on 3 load bearing pillars; awareness, education & empowerment. The primary medium for Afrofit to empower are sessions of afro cardio classes that marry different genre of music & dance styles to create a wonderful way of expression that allows for the discovery and embrace of diversity in the Afrocentric culture. In return, with consistency in physical activity & a sensible diet, one can observe the different positive changes in body & mind. Every hour that is spent with Afrofit, burning calories and banking for our health brings us closer to the mission; an optimum state of health & wellness for all.
Meet TampaBay Afrofit's lead drummer; Nicholas Spivey. Born in the USA, Nicho was introduced to the art of drumming at a tender age. He credits his mother for exposing him to a rich musical world that has been his life. Well versed in multiple type of drumming, Nicho specializes in Djembe, and the various Haitian rhythms. Nicholas resided in Haiti for many years and became familiar with the different style of drumming specific to Haiti. His nickname at Se Pa'm Dance Company is "The Translator". When he drums, you listen.
We are proud to have Kwabena Sa-Ra as a new addition in the TampaBay Afrofit Tribe, Se Pa'm Dance company, as a well versed drummer under the leadership of Nicho Spivey.