Join HaitiXNY resident artists Linda François & Youry Vixamar for an afternoon of Haitian dancing and drumming! (FREE!!)
12:30pm - 2pm | Masterclass with Linda François accompanied by live drumming
2:30pm - 3:30pm | Drum Workshop with Youry Vixamar
4pm - 5pm | Dance Performance by Linda François featuring Youry Vixamar
Linda Isabelle François is a Haitian dancer who made her dance debut at the age of three. In 1980, she began dancing with Kettly Durand for two years, then at Lavinia Williams school for three years and later, in 1991, she integrated Artcho, and in 1993, she started her professional career. She learned from great dance professionals: Jeanguy Saintus, Jean René Delsoin, Gerard Florestal, Lena Blou, Bob Powers and Kathryn Sullivan to name a few. She has worked during her many years of professional experience on classical dance techniques, Latin dance, jazz, traditional Haitian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-contemporary, modern, ethnic dance, improvisation and choreographic composition.
She has proven herself as co-artistic director, soloist, choreographer, coach of Ayikodans, teacher at Artcho for over twenty years and has also participated in several commercials. Various audiences from foreign countries, appreciated the choreographies performed by Linda: Europe (Paris, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Upper Normandy), Japan (Tokyo, Nagano, Fukuyama), USA (New York, Ohio, Miami, Boston, Minnesota) , The Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados), Africa (Benin).
Youry Vixamar was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is passionate about music. He began piano lessons at the age of 10. At 15 years old he learned to play the trumpet. In 2000 he began his musical studies at Haiti's National School of Arts (ENARTS). His career began in 2002 with Sanba Zao in Djakata band. In 2003, he played in the choir of St. Jude (Meyotte), Brothers Posse, Fabienne Denis Ayizan and Tru Rasta . In 2007 he joined Paul Beaubrun's band, Zing Eksperyans. Starting in 2011, he began a solo career in collaboration with DJs such as Gardy Girault, DJ Stuba, DZgot, Jeff Afrozila, Boddhi Satva, Dead Fresh Nunas onstage and more.