Evolution Solo Weekend is an annual festival of African-American Dance and Culture held by Jazz Workshop w/Alina Sokulska, Casa Latina Dance Studio and Fedor Nedotko in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The main philosophy of the event embraces exploration of the evolution and artistic development of African-American and Latin American performance arts from its African roots, through the twentieth century up to nowadays. With such social dance artforms as jazz, tap, mambo, Afro-Latin dance, appearing in America throughout 20th century, we make an educative attempt to investigate the performance arts of mixed societies and identities via theory, practice and entertainment, as well as trace its African roots.

The Festival events include dance workshops: traditional African and Afro-Cuban dance, gospel, tap, vernacular jazz, modern jazz, afro-latin, mambo, funk; social dance parties with live music and guest bands; performances by guest giants of jazz and latin dance; educational meetings and lectures which focus on the historical and anthropological Evolution of African-American major dance displays.
ESW 2018 artists
Annelys Pérez Castillo
[Havana]
Afro Roots
Josette Wiggan-Freund
[LA-Tel-Aviv]
Jazz, Tap
Frankie Martinez
[NY]
Afro-Latin Funk
Dennis Adu
[Kyiv]
Jazz musicality
Yunisky Ruiz
[Havana]
Afro-Latin Percussion
Thomas DeFrantz
[Duke University]
African-American studies
Program 2018
Thursday September 13
7:30 pm: Lecture: "Dancing the African diaspora. Black American Social Dances." by professor of Duke University, Thomas DeFrantz*
[Casa Latina dance studio]

registrations CLOSED
*free *interpreted into Russian
Friday September 14
6-7 pm: Afro-American vernacular (Tommy) - *a dance class

8 pm - 1 am: Swing & Latin FEVER feat. Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra with swing and latin jazz program
[Opera Concert Club: Obvodnyi kanal, 181]
Saturday September 15
12-2 pm: Afro with live music (Annelys & Yunisky)
2-3 pm: Lunch time
3-5 pm: Afro-Latin Funk (Frankie)
5-6 pm: Jazz (Josette)

6-7 pm: Tap (Josette)*full and tap passes only

11 pm - 6 am: Casa Latina Birthday Night feat. DNK 6tet (swing, jazz), Caribbean Jazz Report (mambo, latin jazz), Dennis Adu (trumpet), Yunisky Ruiz (percussion).
[Casa Latina dance studio]
Sunday September 16
1-3 pm: Afro (Annelys)
3-4 pm: Lunch time
4-6 pm: Afro-Latin Funk (Frankie)
6-7 pm: Jazz with live music (Josette & Dennis)

7-8 pm: tap (Josette)* full and tap passes only

9 pm - 11:30 pm: Sunday Talk feat. Thomas DeFrantz, Frankie Martinez, Josette Wiggan, Annelys Perez Castillo, Dennis Adu
[Casa Latina dance studio]

*free *not interpreted into Russian
Tickets and pricing
Full Pass
12 classes on Friday, Saturday, Sunday + all ESW parties
First 10 : 8 500 rub. / 120 euro SOLD OUT!
Next 15 : 9 500 rub. / 130 euro SOLD OUT!
Next 15 : 10 000 rub. / 140 euro SOLD OUT!
Last 10 : 10 500 rub. / 150 euro SOLD OUT!


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Weekend Pass
10 classes on Saturday and Sunday + Casa Latina Birthday Night
First 10 : 7 500 rub. / 100 euro SOLD OUT!
Next 15 : 8 500 rub. / 120 euro SOLD OUT!
Next 15 : 9 500 rub. / 130 euro SOLD OUT!
Last 10 : 10 000 rub. / 140 euro SOLD OUT!

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Other Passes
Tap and Afro-American Vernacular with Josette Wiggan and Thomas DeFrantz
> Beginner Tap Pass
2 beginner tap classes w/ Josette Wiggan
*NOT included into the weekend pass.
First 10 : 1 600 rub. SOLD OUT!
Next 15 : 2 000 rub. SOLD OUT!
Next 15 : 2 500 rub.
Last 10 : 3 000 rub.

> Afro-American vernacular
a Friday dance class with professor Thomas DeFrantz

*NOT included into the full or weekend pass
First 10 : 800 rub. SOLD OUT!
Next 15 : 1 000 rub. SOLD OUT!
Next 15 : 1 200 rub. SOLD OUT!
Last 10 : 1 500 rub.

Cancellation and refund:
until 15/06 - 100%
until 15/07 - 70%
until 15/08 - 30%
after 16/08 - 0%

Note! Classes in English are NOT interpreted into Russian. Classes in Spanish are interpreted into Russian.
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Lecture by professor Thomas DeFrantz
"Dancing the African Diaspora. Black American Social Dances."

Getting ready for Evolution Solo Weekend 2018 with its organizers!


Listen to all the interesting facts you need to know about Evolution Solo Weekend from its organizers, Alina Sokulska, Fedor Nedotko and Casa Latina Studio! [in Russian]


Remembering 2017 edition with photos and videos
Sunday Talk on Evolution Solo Weekend 2017
"If you know the foundation, the future is clear" - Josette Wiggan
Frankie Martinez about Evolution Solo Weekend

"This to me is one of the most intelligent concepts, one of the most intelligent realizations that I didn't even have until I came here: of connectivity in disciplines, in musical disciplines and dance disciplines. Because you have to kind of dig dip to understand how this stuff is threaded together, how it's all combined. And to bring them together into a single arena and to have people partake in them together at the same time, communities that wouldn't necessarily cross each other; and to actually demonstrate to ourselves and to the audience the connectivity of these things, like the historical connectivity of these things, it requires an analysis that I think is extremely intelligent. And I just want to say that: I've never seen like this in the world in terms of this line of connection. Somebody stumbled onto this line, extraordinary. I think it's absolutely remarkable, what's happening here."
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