Author: Nina Schnall

Nina’s journey to dance began as a young woman when she travelled to Haiti as a Fulbright scholar conducting research toward a PHD in Anthropology. In Haiti, she discovered a country where everybody was dancing – dancing in worship, dancing in courtship, dancing for political change. She fell into rhythm with the people and hasn’t stopped since. She returned to Paris for three weeks this summer to study dance and visit family, her first time back since she was an exchange student and intern with Magnum Photos. Nina loves discovering new dance forms wherever she travels and in her hometown in Oakland, California. In January of this year, she studied Colombian Salsa and Champeta in Cartagena. Nina also writes, studies yoga and teaches Writing as a Spiritual Practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

From traditional African drum and dance to the urban street grooves of Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo and Jamaica, Paris’ dance scene is popping with African-inspired polyrhythms. I zero in on three studios offering an array of lively classes fit for amateur and seasoned dancers alike. …read more