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Intro to Afro-Cuban Dance

This workshop will cover fundamental movement vocabulary for Afro-Cuban dance forms, including yambú and guaguancó. Participants will learn about timing, technique, and dance expression. Join us for a great opportunity to learn about Afro-Cuban culture!

A native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Victor Alexander’s international career as a dancer, teacher and choreographer began with studies in modern and Cuban folkloric dance at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. After relocating to Chicago, Alexander joined the artistic and administrative team of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. As both director of the Ruth Page School of Dance and co-director of the Ruth Page Civic Ballet, he continues their traditions of exceptional training, and mentoring the nation’s next generation of dancers.

Iré Elese Abure is a performance ensemble steeped in the dance, song, and drumming traditions of Afro-Cuban folklore. The name, Iré Elese Abure, comes from the Yoruba culture that took root throughout the Americas, meaning “goodness from the hands of our brothers and sisters.” Through stage performance, the group strives to share various Afro-Cuban cultural practices, some of which were only experienced in spiritual contexts. However, by combining the sacred and the secular, the group hopes to inspire others to appreciate and celebrate these traditions.

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