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875 E. Meadow Dr.
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Caribbean Music and Dance

Wilfred Mark is a native of Trinidad trained in jazz and Horton techniques.  He has been teaching and performing since 1971.  Wilfred specializes in Caribbean folklorique dance and drum, he has taught on the faculties of San Francisco State, Sonoma State and Stanford Universities.

Since 1971 Wilfred has choreographed at least twenty jazz and fifty Caribbean pieces and has danced on four continents with various touring companies.   Since 1987 he has worked as artistic director, choreographer, dancer and drummer with Dance Kaiso in San Francisco, a company featuring dance/theater, jazz and Caribbean folkloric works.

Dance Kaiso does workshops and performs in schools, mental institutions, companies, world expos, and juvenile centers.

In addition Wilfred has available for sale Caribbean drums, goatskins, and cowhides.  For more information please contact Wilfred at:

(415) 331-1500 extension 410.


Wilfred will be teaching the following schedule in the Bay Area this year:

  • CARIBBEAN DANCE MONTHLY WORKSHOPS with Wilfred Mark and live drumming.
  • Held on SECOND SATURDAYS each month from 2-3:30pm at:

  • Danzhaus
    1275 Connecticut St.
    San Francisco 94107

  • All Levels Welcome - Sliding Scale: $15-25/class

    For more information contact Wilfred at::
    eMail: dkaiso@earthlink.net
    Voice mail: (415) 282-9620

  • Wilfred no longer teaches on Friday evenings in the Cubberly Community Center Dance Studio in Palo Alto.

Caribbean Carnival Music & Dance Workshops

Wilfred sometimes invites you to come take part in the spirit and spectacle of Carnival on the island of Trinidad.  Experience its colorful parades, wild parties, and larger-than-life costumes.  Visit the mas camps, Calypso tents and steel pan competitions.  Rehearse and perform with a steel band or join in the masquerade of the outlandish carnival parade.

You will study with Trinidad master dancers and drummers, learning traditional Carnival rhythms and dances such as Kalinda, the stick fight dance that brought Carnival to the streets, Bongo, a dance to wake the dead and, of course Calypso, the national music and dance of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Drum classes will be taught at the beginning and intermediate and advanced levels, dance classes at mixed levels, and steel drum classes by special arrangements. 

All levels are welcome.

There will be time to relax on the beach with  plenty of opportunity to mix with the local people..

For more information about future Caribbean workshop contact Wilfred at:

  • eMail: dkaiso@earthlink.net
    Voice mail: (415) 282-9620


Updated November, 2002

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