Olivia Gonzalez of Hedwig Dance will demonstrate the basic steps of Afro-Cuban ethnic dances, which are rhythmical, energetic, and lots of fun. Prepare to be transported to the past as you learn the history of these evocative movements which include movements of shoulders, arms, legs and hips. Each class will begin with basics, building upon them to create more elaborate phrases and further improve coordination.
These dances arose in Cuba during the 15th and 16th centuries, as the slave trade between Africa and Cuba continued, and are based on the worship of forest deities and belief in natural powers. We will work on the Arara and Congo cycles, moving into the dances of the Palo, Yuka and Makuta.
Women may wear a skirt and sport shoes to support the movement. Chanting and drums are an integral part of the experience.
Event Cost: $5 per class.
Event Times: 10:30 a.m. Mondays
Age recommendation: Teens, Tweens