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Afro-Cuban Dance: Rumba

The foundation of Afro-Cuban expression is built upon cultural practices from several African-derived ethnic groups including the Yoruba, Congo-Bantu, and Ekpe-Abakua. This class will cover fundamental movement vocabulary for various dance forms from the Orisha to rumba guaguancó. Students will learn about timing, technique, and improvisation. Join us for a great opportunity to engage with Afro-Cuban culture!

Faculty Bio
Edson Cabrera was born in Cuba and graduated from the highly regarded Escuela Nacional de Arte in Dance in 2005. During this training period at the National School of Art in Havana, he participated in the ITs Festival in the Netherlands under the direction of Feri de Geus and Noortje Bijvoets. Subsequently, he joined the Cuban dance company Ballet Rakatan, dancing as a soloist.

In 2007, he became a member of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, participating in several international tours to England, Mexico, Hungary, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia and the USA. He has also performed in the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Mercat de Les Flors in Barcelona, Brisbane Festival, Manchester International Festival, The Bydgoszcz Opera Festival and Virginia Arts Festival. Mr. Cabrera was made Principal Dancer in 2010.

During his tenure with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, he worked with choreographers Rafael Bonachela, Carlos Junior Acosta, George Céspedes, Julio César Iglesias, Juan Kruz Díaz de Garaio Esnaola, Mats Ek, Itzik Galili and Pedro Ruiz, and performed works by Jan Linkens and Kenneth Kvarström.

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