Afro Cuban Dance Classes

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Afro Cuban Dance Classes says
2pm- RUMBA
Every Sunday in April!

LIVE Rumba DRUMMING by Las Krudas Cubensi & Tonya Lyles


African American Heritage & Cultural Facility
912 E. 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

These forms are firmly based in African-diasporic movement traditions, aesthetics, and musicality. Dancers will blend a distinctly Afro-Cuban technique and sensibility with their own individuality.

Come as you are. No partner needed! Absolutely no dance training needed!
Open to all genders and ages.

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Rumba dance
This form of Afro-Cuban social dance is the root from which modern-day salsa evolved. Rumba dance is composed of three forms: a slow-paced sensual partner dance (yambú ), a fast-paced playful partner dance (guaguancó), a virtuosic solo dance (columbia).
*Bring a handkerchief or wide satin scarf if you have one.

Orisha dance
These dances represent the Yoruba divinities as practiced in the Lucumí tradition of Cuba. Each orisha has specific characteristics that correspond with specific steps, chants and rhythms.
*wide skirt can be used at times, but not necessary.

Teacher Bio:
Maya Berry is a third-generation Cuban-American and an artist-scholar of Afro-Cuban dance. She completed her Master's degree in Performance Studies at NYU and is currently a doctoral candidate in Social Anthropology (African Diaspora Program) at the University of Texas at Austin.
Maya danced professionally in modern, jazz, and contemporary companies in NYC before turning to graduate studies. She began her formal study of Afro-Cuban dance forms in 2004, training extensively in Cuba, Miami, and NYC. In Cuba she studied under Johannes Garcia and the Conjunto JJ, El Ballet Folklorico Cotumba, el Ballet Folklorico de Oriente, Danza Contemporanea, and the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, in Miami under Neri Torries and the Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Company, and in NYC under Xiomara Rodriguez. She returned to Austin this past summer after living in Havana from 2012-2014 while training extensively in rumba and Yoruba dance with Jennyselt Galata during her dissertation fieldwork with Yoruba Andabo, one of the foremost traditional Afro-Cuban performance groups.
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