Sunday, December 11, 2011


William Moura with Babu

Dr. Liz in session
Sadili Oval Sports Academy, in Langata is the center of attraction for the next ten days, as star-studded professionals work with locals to develop some of the region’s best talent in Football, Dabce and Tennis.
Bill Murray, former coach of Venus and Serena Williams and 19 national junior stars is in the country to work with Dr. Liz Odera training 34 select upcoming juniors from the region. The players, aged between 10 and 15 years, have ben selected from 77 applicants and will receive video analysis, power production, improvement of stroke production and tactical training at an international performance level. Selected players are from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Norway, UK and Scotland.
Former Brazil international player turned coach, William Moura, is also at Sadili Oval, courtesy of the Embassy of Brazil, to run a soccer training camp that began on Monday 5th December 2011. The camp, which is part of an ongoing partnership between the Embassy of Brazil and Sadili Oval Soccer Academy, will see a talented squad of 80 boys and girls, mainly from poor communities of Kibera and Korogocho, receive expert training. 

Sadili will also be introducing Dance as a new discipline, with the arrival of reknowned dancer and choreographer, Ofelia de la Mola of New York -based Dancescores, where she is the Artistic Director, will run the Dance Camp together with her partner, Rebecca Woods. She is expected to work with 62 local girls and boys, and prepare them for a dance show that will take place on 19th December at Sadili. She will also run two dance workshops at Riverside Katwekera Village in Kibera.
Bill Murray interview with Press
Ofelia was born and raised in Mexico. She moved to NY in 1995 thanks to a scholarship from Mexican Foundation FONCA. She received her MFA in choreography and BFA in Dance Performance from Purchase College, State University of New York. Ofelia established the NY based danscores by Ofelia Loret de Mola in 2003. Since then, the company has taught a two-week workshop in Kosovo and has performed in Spain; The states of Yucatan, Campeche and Oaxaca in Mexico, and in New York at venues such as Joyce SoHo/Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dancenOw/NYC at DTW, WAXworks at University Settlement, Wave Rising Series, the d.u.m.b.o. Dance Festival, The COOL NY Festival, The Puffin Room, and HERE Arts Center. She has choreographed for Theater under the Direction of Dean Irby, and was a speaker at Hunter College during their Exploring Opportunities. In 2006, internationally known concert pianist Tian Jiang commissioned her to create a work for touring. She is Co-Founder and Curator of the annual Reverb Dance Festival, which takes place at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Gay City News, the Village Voice, CNN International, Telemundo, Fieldwork by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, El Milenio, and Por Esto! Mexico. As a member of ArtistAccess, she has performed at the Woodhull Medical Center and has been featured in CNN International, Dance Magazine, The Daily News, Telemundo, and El Diario, La Prensa. She was invited to represent Hispanic Artists in a publicity campaign for Infiniti Cars that took place in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. As a performer she has had the pleasure of working with Aszure and Artists, Julian Barnett, Stefanie Nelson and the Wendy Osserman Dance Company.

Rebecca and Ofelia in warmup session
Rebecca Woods received her training from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Marymount Manhattan College where she graduated with a degree in Dance and Communications. She has performed with the Juilliard Opera Company, LKB Dance, Chasla, Stephen Kaplowitz, Ali Kenner dance, and Eidolon Ballet in Concert. She is working with Adele Myers, and is grateful for Ofelia's friendship. Rebecca teaches Kundalini yoga throughout the city. She is on faculty at Ballet Academy East.