With Ian Michael Enriquez, Director of the Barbary Coast Cloggers!
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Have you always wanted to dance? Love clogging and tap? Feel like you have two left feet? Feel like there’s no safe space for transgender and queer people in dance? Don’t miss this special beginner-level clogging Master Class geared especially for transgender and queer people and their friends and allies! Please bring tap shoes or clogging shoes if you own them – if not, it’s best to wear hard-soled shoes or boots.
Ian Michael Enriquez and the Barbary Coast Cloggers were audience favorites at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Fresh Meat Festivals. By audience demand, Fresh Meat Productions is pleased to offer this free community class with Ian (special thanks to the Alliance for California Traditional Arts for support of these classes).
ABOUT THE TEACHER: Ian Michael Enriquez is the Artistic Director of the Barbary Coast Cloggers, an all-male dance company founded in San Francisco to bring the rowdiness and unique spirit of North America’s indigenous dance form, called clogging or American step dancing, out of the Appalachian Mountains all the way to the West Coast. Ian was born and raised in the Philippines until 1992. He avoided dancing like the plague out of fear of being outed until he discovered he had a knack for it in his adolescence. He started studying African dance forms at Oberlin College in Ohio and eventually earned a certificate in African Heritage Performance. The first dance company he was in was the London Marching Boys, performing at pride events in the United Kingdom for 3 years. In 1997, he started his own dance company in San Francisco before leaving to pursue his Masters in Counseling. Ian started taking clogging classes in July 2003 as something different to do and got sucked in by the wonderful people. His dance background is fairly unique and paved the way for innovative choreography and stepwork in clogging. His most famous step, the “finnicky”, premiered at the Fresh Meat Festival in 2008 and has become one of the most popular steps all over California. By day, Ian works as a mental health counselor at a high school and is featured in an award winning documentary by Cambridge Educational.