Shereel continues to expand her talents in a new workshop she's curating coming to Oakland. God keeps using her to in being a positive change agent in the lives of people.
Shereel Washington, curates, directs and teachers new dance program Move: Spirit & Rhythm at Deep Root Center for Spiritual Studies in Oakland.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 • • General
IXALT invites you to participate in a fun `ike (knowledge) filled day: E Ho`oma`a: Ke Kupu Hou- Skilled: Continuously Growing. This all day workshop is aimed at introducing, enhancing, and challenging na haumana (students) skill in hula. The workshop will include classes in `auana and kahiko taught by kumu hula from the Bay Area. IXALT is pleased to have returning kumu hula Analu Akao of Halau Hula ` O Kupukalau`ie`ie in Richmond, CA and Pomaika`i Gaui of Kehaulani Hula Studios in Santa Rosa, CA and in Utah. Our goal is to foster sharing and increase the cultural knowledge amongst the hula community in the Bay Area. IXALT is extremely honored to sponsor such an event and we are excited that kumu hula from the Bay Area has expressed interest in sharing their `ike.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 • • General
Between The Shore and The Break is a collaborative presentation of mo`olelo (story) conveyed through hula (traditional Hawaiian Dance). Inspired by a `Olelo No`eau (a Hawaiian proverb): " A fisherman of the shallow sea uses only a short line; a fisherman of the deep sea has a long line" (Pukui #725).Thought: A person whose knowledge is shallow does not have much, but he whose knowledge is great, does." Between The Shore and The Break speaks to the process of growing and learning in ones journeys. First: Beginning. Second: Growing. Third: Completing- Arriving at the end of one's journey successfully.

Cast: Narrated by Joseph Washington; Choreographed by Kumu Analu Akao; Performed by members of Halau Hula `O Kupukalau`ie`ie.

Suggested Donation: $12, but ALL are welcome

Seating is limited. Advance Reservations are HIGHLY recommended. There are currently 35 seats available.

For reservations and information contact: 510 932-5101/
Thursday, May 30, 2013 • • General
This year IXALT is pleased to present it's very first hula workshop. We are so delighted and EXCITED to be offering this. This all day workshop is open to all levels of dancers. For more detailed information click on the Upcoming Events link. Registration begins now, but hurry while there's space!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 • • General
Dance Jam is an all day event highlighting a variety of dance styles/genres taught by professional dance artists in the Bay Area. The goal of Dance Jam is to promote diversity and cultivate a deeper appreciation of various dance forms and expressions. IXALT is pleased to host another Dance Jam in honor of Bay Area Dance Week (April 26-May 5, 2013)
Sunday, April 7, 2013 • • General
This fun and energetic workshop series begins on Thursday, May 9 through Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6-7:30pm for FOUR Thursdays at Studio 1924 located on 1924 Franklin St in uptown Oakland.
Monday, October 29, 2012 • Shereel Washington • General
Joseph and Shereel Washington will be sharing Spoken Word and Dance (two hulas) in the West Region International Dance Commission's "Before The Throne" on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 4pm at Calvary Christian Center in El Sobrante, CA. Admission is $6.00 in adv/ $8 at the door. Information: 916- 676-3099 or HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 • Shereel Washington • Dance
Halau Hula `O Kupukalau`ie`ie and IXALT invite you to explore he ho`okupu no kakou-(a gift for all) in Between The Shore and The Break, a story shared through hula-acknowledging our beginnings, celebrating in the moment, and anticipating the future.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • • General
Check out past Articles written about Shereel and Joseph Washington. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • Kristin Bender • General
"We want to revive cultural freedom so people can express their culture in their Christian faith," he said.

The Washingtons founded Ixalt! in 2003. Shereel Washington is an accomplished dancer and choreographer with training in Congolese, jazz, Haitian, ballet, modern, tap, Guinean and Hawaiian dance.

They also want to increase secular society's awareness of praise dance."
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • Bonner Odell • General
"In an interview at Oakland's Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, where the company rehearses and holds on-going classes, the couple talks with me about their vision for IXALT. Among the themes that recur is the potential of dance as a uniquely cultural expression of faith "in a God that transcends culture," as Joseph puts it. Through their work with a cast of multi-racial dancers and musicians and a commitment to cross-cultural collaboration, the Washingtons say their goal is to "show the world that Christians are diverse not just European-American or African Protestant Reformation." Says Joseph, "Christianity isn't bound to any particular culture, which is why we can celebrate God with Jazz music, or African dance, or modern dance. It's why the Hawaiian groups we've worked with can bring their culture into the gospel, why Latin and Salsa music are just as viable. Because they're all unique and exciting ways of celebrating God and life."
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