AFRO-CUBAN DANCE CLASS : Open to All
Olivia demonstrates the basic steps of Afro-Cuban dance, which are rhythmic, energetic, and also fun. These dances transport you to the past as you learn their history. Basic Afro-Cuban dance includes the movement of shoulders, arms, legs and hips. Each class will begin with these basics, building upon the movements to create more elaborate phrases and improve coordination.
Afro-Cuban dance arose in Cuba during the 15th and 16th centuries, as the slave trade between Africa and Cuba continued. These dances are based on the worship of forest deities and belief in natural powers. Students 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.
Olivia Gonzalez graduated from the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba. Following graduation, she danced for four years with Retazos Dance Theater where she participated in many international festivals in Canada, Uruguay and the United States, and performed in Transits – Havana, an international dance collaboration between Sweden and Cuba. Currently, Olivia dances with Concert Dance, Inc. and Hedwig Dances. Olivia joined Hedwig Dances in 2018.