Our Afro-Cuban classes are intended to introduce dancers to new, rarely seen forms of Afro-Cuban dance and provide them with a new avenue for self-expression. This class consists of a warm-up with a concentration on fundamental movements and sweat-inducing exercises, along with movement vocabulary for various dance forms. Are you ready to sweat?
Come to learn your new Afro Cuban moves at Latin Street with Edson De Cuba every Wednesday!
4 Afro Cuban classes every Wednesday!
6:50p: Son Cubano Partnerwork
7:40p: Rumba Yambu
8:30p: Yoruba Ochosi Oshun
9:20p: Congo/Arara – Afrekete Makuta
Register thru our WEBSITE or by calling us at 312.427.2572.
Pricing: (Each title = 4 classes per session, on the same day, at the same time, for 4 consecutive weeks)
1 Afro Cuban title = $ 69.00
2 Afro Cuban titles = $ 130.00
3 Afro Cuban titles = $ 185.00
4 Afro Cuban titles = $ 250.00 (Same value as Unlimited Dance Pass, you may take more titles during the week)
Class descriptions & history:
- Congo/Arara: Its traditions come from the Bantú people of Central Africa (particularly from Congo). The Bantú represent the majority of African slaves coming into Cuba during the 17th and early 18th centuries; Drums and hand rattles are used in this music, which is based upon communication with ancestral spirits, the dead, as opposed to the Orishas. Arará music is characterized by particular percussive styles, including drumming, hand-clapping, and body percussion.
- Rumba: One of Cuba’s most celebrated forms of music and dance. The genre is energetic and soulful, using conga drums, claves, maracas, scrapers, and bells. When you listen to rumba, you can’t help but start to dance! *Cuban rumba is not the same as American ballroom rumba (or rhumba) but inspired the popular ballroom dance category.
- Son Cubano: Son is the predominant musical force in Cuba and the symbol of the island. It has been most popular dance before the Cuban Revolution (1959).
- Yoruba: Most movement in the Afro-Cuban dance tradition comes out of the African religion known as Yoruba. In this, touching while dancing is rare except in special circumstances.
Instructor Highlight: Edson was born in Cuba and graduated from the highly regarded Escuela Nacional de Arte in Dance in 2005 and got trained at the National School of Art in Havana.