Narieka & Gedezou Laurissaint-Masla
Narieka Laurissaint-Masla is a body based performance artist, facilitator and Yoga instructor. She is dedicated to bringing together contemplative practice, embodied creative expression and critical social and ecological inquiry to address and catalyze healing and social change. Narieka grew up immersed in the arts, being especially drawn to improvisational forms of dance and theater. Over the years Narieka has received her 200 hour yoga certification from Yoga Veda, (at the Ayurveda Health Retreat, Alachua, Fl,), studied 5Rythms Dance with Melissa Michaels and Humanitarian and Red Nose Clown with Dr. Patch Adams and Sue Morrison. She now teaches Yoga and Movement throughout Western Mass and beyond, while continuing her learning and research in Clown, Salsa, Tango, Tap, Authentic Movement and House dance.
Narieka is founder and director of Kvetch Co., a sister run performance company dedicated to accessible, connective and interactive performance. She is also assistant director of The Embodied Leadership Project, a women run dance company offering body based mindfulness, wellness and inclusion programing and performance.
Gregory Gedezou Laurissaint-Masla is from a family of musicians and dancers and has been a life-long dancer, healer and musician. He was raised in New York learning the rhythm and dances of Haitian, African-American Dances, and Hip-Hop. He studied ballet for a few years in New York, where he went on to perform at the Lincoln Center, in Manhattan. He is currently working as a Dance instructor, a Massage Therapist and an EMT.
Gedezou or Gede, studied Salsa, Capoeira, and Argentine Tango for several years, starting when he was fifteen at Dance New England, he was then hired to help teach Salsa in the teen program at Dance New England.
Gedezou moved from NY to settle in Northampton, MA where he taught Hip-hop, Salsa and Tango for a number of years to teens and adults. While living in Northampton he studied Ballet, Tap and Tango at NEA dance company, he has also performed with NEA dance company. During this time he was hired to work in many different schools to teach and assist in the surrounding colleges. He worked at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School teaching Salsa and tango for 2 years, then he helped teach Argentine Tango and Salsa at Mt. Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, UMASS and Smith College for seven years. Gedezou still teaches at Dance New England after fifteen years.
Gede continues to dance in the Pioneer Valley and teach, and looks forward to many collaborations in dance, teaching, performance and fun, with his wife Narieka Laurissaint Masla.
Sat. Jan. 4 to Sat. Jan. 11, 2020
Celebrate the New Year with a “Yoga, Art, Movement & Dance Retreat”
Workshop in Mexico
“Connecting with the Creative Flow” – An Arts and Soul Journey to Awaken Your Creative Self