Introduction to Afro-Cuban Dance

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An online dance workshop run by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The mambo, cha cha cha, rumba and salsa are all Latin American dances that you've no doubt heard of. Perhaps you've even enjoyed watching your favourite celebrities perform these fascinating routines during popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing or Dancing With The Stars? Well, did you know these dances are rooted in African traditions and heritage? Here's a wonderful opportunity to try out some of these classic dance moves yourself.

This practical online workshop will introduce you to various forms of Afro-Cuban dance traditions. While practising different movements representing the Orisahas (deities from the African traditions brought to Cuba), your instructor will discuss the dance form’s history and its importance to each movement. Through a series of guided movements, each participant will be encouraged to embrace the Afro-cuban music, savour the cultural context and release the dancer within.