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, Arar√°, 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

REINIER VALDES & LA CLAVE CUBANA 

February 23rd & 24th

Rueda de Casino & Advanced Casino

Welcome to an exciting weekend of workshops with Reinier Valdes who is teaching for the first time in Vancouver as part of the Cuban Dance Immersion Series. Mark your calendars for February 23rd and 24th, and also make sure you attend the Saturday night CUBANIZATION dance party where Reinier Valdes & La Clave Cubana will perform.

RUEDA DE CASINO

Reinier is teaching for the first time in Vancouver, bringing a variety of Rueda calls that will provide a fun challenge for both Leads and Follows. As a Rueda addict, Reinier is excited to introduce moves that combine complexity with humour, and good sense of rhythm with precision. You will learn about the different possibilities for collective fun that Rueda offers. This workshop is definitely a Must for all rueda lovers. Anyone with knowledge of the essentials of Cuban Casino can attend this workshop. That is, intermediate and advanced dancers alike. You’ll have 3 hours of learning, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.

ADVANCED CASINO & FUSION

Let’s take our skills to a whole new level by learning the difficult art of fusion. The Cuban Timba music of today is heavily influenced by direct Rumba and Afro-Cuban rhythmic references. This logically invites us to incorporate the referenced dance element in the routine, but how do we do this? Reinier will show you how to meaningfully incorporate Rumba moves in your casino routine. Doing fusion is a real fun challenge where both dancers will test their understanding of music and mastery of different dance manifestations. It goes from 11:30 to 2:30 pm.

Workshop Schedule

Saturday Feb 23rd 2019

RUEDA DE CASINO

Date: Saturday Feb. 23rd (12 noon to 3:00 pm)

Location: WISE HALL, 1882 Adanac St (Commercial Drive area).

Prerequisite: for intermediate and advanced dancers only.

Price: $80 (per couple). Ticket price includes two dancers (Lead & Follow). You must have a partner to attend. This is done to avoid a disbalance in the class. When purchasing your tickets, please include your dance partner’s name.

Sunday Feb 24th 2019

ADVANCED CASINO & FUSION

Date: Sunday Feb. 24th (11:30 am to 2:30 pm)

Location: BC DANCE STUDIO, 877 Hamilton St, upper level.

Prerequisite: for advanced dancers only.

Price: $80 (per couple). Ticket price includes two dancers (Lead & Follow). You must have a partner to attend. This is done to avoid a disbalance in the class. When purchasing your tickets, please include your dance partner’s name.

Party and Dance Performance- Saturday February 23rd 2019

Time: 9 pm

Location: BC Dance, 877 Hamilton St. Vancouver

Price: $12 (includes complimentary dance lesson at 9:30 pm)

Tickets purchased at the door.

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