We’re very excited to announce two special workshops with these master artists! Each workshop will focus on different material, so you can come to one or both.
Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 3:00-6:00p.m.
Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 3:00-6:00p.m.
Price per workshop: $20
Delve into the roots of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and music in introductory workshops led by internationally renowned master dancer Danys “La Mora” Pérez and master percussionist Roman Díaz. La Mora and Roman will guide you through the technique and concepts of the different dances, discuss the importance of the music as a fundamental motivation, and teach you how to play the different rhythms on percussion instruments. These all-encompassing workshops will also explore the history and development of the dances. Pre-registration is encouraged so we can provide enough instruments for the group – bring congas and percussion instruments if you have them. All levels are welcome.
Danys “La Mora” Pérez is a master of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance from Santiago de Cuba, and has special expertise in the unique styles of her native region of Oriente province. La Mora was a member of Cuba’s national folkloric ballet company, Cutumba, for 18 years, and was granted the designation of primera bailarina and primera profesora by the National Dance Commission of Cuba. She is the founder and artistic director of Oyu Oro, an Afro-Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble in New York City.
Roman Díaz is a master percussionist from Havana, where he was trained by elders in the fine art of classic Afro-Cuban musical traditions. He has performed with groups such as Raices Profundas, Grupo T con E, Orchestra Sublime, Yoruba Andabo, and Grupo Anaki. In the United States, Diaz has collaborated with many musicians including Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan Formell, Pedrito Martinez, and Oriando “Puntilla” Rios.