Bachata, Brazilian, Cuban, Haitian, Latin

Afro Brazilian Dance
with Nives Wetzel de Cediel
Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm, Fridays, 4:00-5:00pm

Nives, aka Profesora Sambambaia, will instruct you in the technique and art of Afro Brazilian samba no pé, samba de roda, samba reggae, afoxé, axé, puxada de rede. She will also delve into particular music and dance forms of the US, Cuba and Colombia. Nives emphasizes the importance of body alignment, core strength, balance, theatricality and musicality to the execution and enjoyment of learning dance. Combinations of Dunham technique, Capoeira conditioning, core conditioning and stretching are components of every class.

Nives’s Dança Afro+Dance classes are multi-level so all are welcomed regardless of whether or not you have studied dance before. You will simultaneously increase your cardiorespiratory endurance, build lean muscle, and learn diasporic dance aesthetics, techniques and choreographies. You will become stronger, develop skill with basic footwork and familiarity with the music.

Over time you will notice increased fluidity in your movements. As dance combinations gradually increase in complexity and duration you will experience the power and pleasure of moving rhythmically and purposefully through space. Dança Afro+Samba is challenging and rewarding. Wear comfortable clothes and flexible-soled or no shoes.

Afro Samba (The National Dance of Brazil)
with Jacque Barnes
Sundays, 9:30-10:30am
On Temporary Hiatus — Scheduled to Return November 7th

This class is an excursion into the polyrhythm of Samba — the dance of life. Samba has its origins in Africa. It was brought to Brazil by enslaved African people from both Angola and the DRC (formerly known as Zaire) first to the North East of Brazil. We will primarily focus on understanding the many styles of samba and their origin within Brazil. Simultaneously, we’ll work on strengthening the body, developing presence, learning how to use space, learning how to hear the rhythm, and identifying the artists who create the music.

The class is a mixed level class that begins with a warm-up and isolations, center floor, across the floor, combos and ending class with a Roda de Samba. Come ready to work and have fun!

Afro Salsa Suelta (Formerly Afro Cuban Dance)
with Susana Arenas

Fridays, 7:00-8:00pm

Susana's classes include an invigorating warm-up and instruction in traditional Afro-Cuban folkloric genres, including Orisha styles and secular dances of Cuba, with Live Drumming. All levels welcome.

Intro to Salsa
with Luz Mena
On Hiatus

In this class you will:

  • Dance with a variety of Latin American rhythms, including syncopated beats
  • Learn flexibility and strength techniques
  • Understand rhythms and cultural backgrounds of songs and music to evoke a range of feelings while dancing
  • Learn new dance steps that draw from salsa, cumbia, merengue, son, mambo, chachacha, jazz, hip-hop
Beginner Bachata
with Daniela Ramirez
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm

This class is great for beginners who want to learn bachata or anyone looking to refresh their basic bachata technique. We will focus on basic steps, basic body movement, turn technique, and musicality all while learning a fun bachata pattern. This is a judgement free community space where we come together to dance, exercise, and heal through movement.

Bachata Styling
with Daniela Ramirez
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm

In bachata styling, class we will focus on arm styling, body movement, footwork, and musicality while learning a fun bachata pattern. This class is an intermediate level class but is designed to be open to all levels. This is a judgement free, fun community space where we come together to dance, exercise, and heal through movement.

Latin Dance Essentials
with Luz Mena
Mondays, 11:00am-12:00pm

This class offers the fundamentals of Latin rhythms and dance movements, like salsa, son, cha cha cha and rumba.

Participants will learn balance, coordination and space orientation techniques, in addition to steps and patterns. They will also learn cultural background information that will help them set the mood and project the flavor of these dances.

Latin Dance Colombo
with Emanuel Colombo
On Hiatus

Combining exercise with dance while learning the basic steps of various dance styles, each class consists of a choreographed routine which is based on one specific style of dance: including salsa, samba, hip hop, reggaeton, disco, etc.

Latin Workout (All Levels)
with Eddy Rodriguez
On Hiatus

Travel on a dance journey to Latin countries with Edisnel (Eddy) as he displays and teaches a dynamic range of styles including, Salsa, Cuban Folklore, Hip Hop, Salsa, Reggaeton and Cubaton!

Expand your dance training and challenge yourself in different, creative ways.

This class will take you to the Latin world of music, rhythms, movements, building cultural connection that will make you sweat while having a blast exploring reggaeton, pilón, mambo, chachachá, merengue, salsa, rumba and more, in a one hour non-stop workout!

Haitian Folkloric Dance
with Laurie Fleurentin
Saturdays, 11:00-12:30pm