Brazilian, Cuban, Haitian, Latin

Afro Brazilian Dance
with Nives Wetzel de Cediel
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm

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
On Hiatus

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 Cuban Dance
with Susana Arenas
Timba / Afro Salsa Suelta
Fridays, 6:00-7:15pm
Afro Cuban Dance & Technique (All Levels)
Saturdays, 12:00-1:15pm
Afro Cuban Dance
Saturdays, 1:30-2:45pm

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.

Latin Dance
with Luz Mena
Latin Dance Essentials
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.

Beginning Salsa
Mondays, 6:00-7:00pm

Class Objectives: To learn Salsa’s rhythmic pattern and variations and basic salsa steps and phrases. Our emphasis will be on Afro-Cuban salsa/timba, Salsa funk and Cabaret salsa styles. Here's an outline of the material we would cover:

  • 1. Salsa Music, Rhythm and Beat. a) Basic Salsa rhythm b) Tempo, beats and accents.
  • 2. Basic Salsa movement. a) Body alignment b) Cadence (Tumbao). c) Hip and torso movement. d) Knees and feet e) Shoulders and arms.
  • 3. Taps, rocks and weight changes. a) Taps (no weight change) b Tap as hold in salsa step. c)Tap as a step d) Rock steps (brief weight changes).
  • 4. Basic Salsa steps and positions. a) Stationary lateral, forward/back, diagonal b) Traveling c) Changing directions and space orientation.
  • 5. Pivots and basic turns. a) Forward and back pivots. b) Side pivots, c) Diagonal back pivots. d) Salsa half turns and walk turns.
  • 6. Combinations and phrases.

Haitian Folkloric Dance
with Laurie Fleurentin
class: Tuesdays, 7:00-8:15pm
Workshops: 1st & 3rd Sundays of the Month, 2:00-4:00pm
With Live music
Haitian Drum Classes and Workshops
with Professional Percussionist Gabriel Bata
On Temporary Hiatus — Returning Soon

This four week workshop will be an introduction to Haitian drumming. Focusing on rhythms from the Haitian folkloric repertoire, students will learn proper hand techniques,  engage in polyrhythmic musical structures and create community.