theCuban Dance ImmersionWorkshop SeriesFeaturing International Instructors

Welcome to the CUBAN DANCE IMMERSION workshops series, set to take place throughout all of 2019. The last weekend of every month, a carefully chosen international Cuban dance instructor will come to Vancouver to share with us their talent and expertise. The main goals of these workshops are:

  • to enrich our knowledge of Cuban dance manifestations
  • to allow our community direct access to instructors who possess profound expertise on manifestations such as Afro-Cuban dances (for example, Rumba, Orishas, Palo Congo, Arará, Afro-Cuban-Haitian, etc), Casino, Son, and others.
  • to keep the community growing through education while attracting more people to Cuban culture
  • and finally, to continue having even more fun!

Every weekend of workshops will be complemented with a Saturday evening CUBANIZATION social dance party that the guest instructor will attend to do a performance and socialize with all of us. A formidable lineup of artists has been assembled, and we’re happy to announce that the first ones to visit Vancouver will be Kati Hernandez, Reinier Valdes & La Clave Cubana, Liethis Hechavarria and Wilfredo Guilbiac.

DATES: WINTER/SPRING
Jan 26/27 Kati Hernandez
Feb 23/24 La Clave Cubana
Mar 30/31 Liethis Hechavarria
Apr 27/28 Wilfredo Guilbiac

Kati HernandezJanuary 26-27 2019Afro Cuban, Musicality, Orishas, Body movement

The most sought-after Cuban teacher based in North America comes to Vancouver for the first time! Kati is well-known for her ability to deliver both, knowledge and fun. This is what you’ll learn from her:
RUMBA
MUSICALITY & INTERPRETATION
ORISHAS
BODY MOVEMENT

She will also do a dance demo at the CUBANIZATION dance party on Saturday January 26th. Seeing her perform and taking her workshops are a must for everyone wishing to develop their dance skills.

RUMBA

Rumba is a popular genre of Cuban music involving dance, percussion, and song. It is based on African music and dance traditions, namely Abakuá and Yuka, as well as the Spanish-based coros de clave. There are three types of Rumba: Guaguancó, Columbia and Yambú. Vocal improvisation, elaborate dancing and polyrhythmic drumming are the key components of all rumba styles. A growing musical tendency nowadays is that of adding Rumba segments in Timba (Cuban Salsa) songs, which has led many dancers to learn Rumba in order to fully connect with the music. This workshop is a great, rare opportunity to learn the dance.

ORISHAS

These are the dances dedicated to the deities of the Yoruba pantheon, an important component of a belief system popular in Cuba, characterized by the intertwining connection of music, dance and faith. The dance form is practiced by believers and non-believers, as the faith does not discriminate, and is very popular as it represents the epitome of beauty and complexity. Orishas dances are as diverse as diverse are their benefits. They provide us with a profound understanding of Afro-Cuban dancing. Also, they’re empowering, allowing us to express sensuality, confidence and strength. In this workshop, we’ll learn moves associated with the Orisha named Yemayá.

MUSICALITY & INTERPRETATION

Connecting with Cuban music is possibly the biggest challenge faced when learning the different dances from the island, due to the rich complexity of the music made there. This workshop will enhance your understanding of rhythmic patterns while developing the skill of executing a variety of different steps on beat. Later on, we’ll work on interpreting the music so as to, for example, execute accents and respond to changes of beat. This workshop is a complement to the preceding Rumba one.

BODY MOVEMENT

This is something that Cubans are known for: an island nation where people not only can dance, but also do it so beautifully that it’s mesmerizing. Kati knows how to make the Cuban in you emerge. In this workshop, she will unlock the secrets to make those shoulder, torso and pelvic movements you’ve been admiring for a while, but that no mirror-practising has yet helped in figuring out.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday Jan 26 2019

Rumba & Musicality and Interpretation

Time: 12 to 3 pm

Location: BC Dance, 877 Hamilton St. Vancouver

Price: $45 (30 spaces)

Party and Dance Performance- Saturday Jan 26 2019

Time: 9 pm

Location: BC Dance, 877 Hamilton St. Vancouver

Price: $12 (includes complimentary dance lesson)

Tickets purchased at the door.

Sunday Jan 27 2019

Orishas & Body Movement

Time: 12 to 3 pm

Location: BC Dance, 877 Hamilton St. Vancouver

Price: $45 (30 spaces)

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