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    Unique Opportunities to Experience Cuba! MetaMovements Cultural Connections Travel programs are designed for dance, music and culture lovers of all ages and abilities, and provide a variety of authentic encounters (that fulfill current US regulations & guidelines) with Cubans who share the same passion for dance, music, arts & culture. (Read More...)


  • PROJECT CUBA 2011 in NYC: Workshops


    After three years of intense, inter-disciplinary study, the MetaMovements Team brings you an amazing series of workshops that will change the way you think, move and feel.

    Address: Nola Rehearsal Studios @ 250 West 54th St, NYC

    Class Schedule:

    August 20 August 27 August 31
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    Time
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    11am - 12:20pm Orishas Workshop 11am - 12:20pm Orishas Workshop 4:30 - 5:50 pm Afro-Cuban Body Motion
    12:30 - 2:00pm Lunchtime Cultural Presentation: "Havana Cultural Landscape 2011" 12:30 - 2:00pm Lunchtime Cultural Presentation: "Afro-Cuban Influence In Other Dance Forms" 6:00 - 7:20 pm Hip Hop with Cuban Inspiration
    2:00 - 3:20pm Casino and NYC Salsa: Musicality, Styling, Shines & Turns 2:00 - 3:20 pm "Danza Contemporanea Cubana" Modern Dance Techniques 7:30 - 8:50 pm NYC Style Cha Cha Cha (with Cuban & Hip Hop Styling)
    3:30 - 4:50pm Partnering Techniques in NYC Salsa & Casino 3:30 - 4:50 pm Cuban Rythms & Movement in NYC Salsa



    Workshop Details:

    Whichever style you dance, whatever your current level is, it's time to break new ground:  LEARN THE HISTORY! BUILD RELATIONSHIPS! TRANSFORM YOUR MOVEMENT!

    Orishas Workshops For Experienced Dancers

    with Yesenia Selier

    The Orishas in the Yoruba Pantheon have some dances in common that many people learn in classes. But some Orishas also have a unique dance that is for them alone, that identifies them and exemplifies their characteristics.

    In this workshop series, we will study these exclusive dances of 6 of the most important Orishas, and deepen our understanding of who they are.

    • Saturday, August 20: We will focus on the Orishas Elegua, Chango and Oya
    • Saturday, August 27: We will focus on the Orishas Ochosi, Yemaya and Oshun

    Orishas Workshops For New Students

    with Anara Frank

    The Orishas in the Yoruba Pantheon each have dances, rhythms, songs and legends that have endured centuries.
    In this workshop series, we will study the most important Orishas, and deepen our understanding of who they are. On the second day, we will continue our study of the main Orishas, and also learn how their dances have evolved into other forms including Rumba, Salsa, Casino and Modern Dance.

    Saturday, August 20: An Introduction to the Orishas and their Dances
    Saturday, August 27: Orishas Dances and their Evolutions

    Two Branches of the Same Tree: Casino and NYC Salsa Workshops

    with Yesenia Selier, Anara Frank, Marlon International & Jay Salsa

    Casino and Salsa come from the same roots, evolved during the same time period, and have the same basic components. And a little inside secret is that the hottest new trends in Salsa each year often come from Casino, and vice versa. But if you try putting a Casinero and a Salsero together, they usually end up disagreeing, confused or stepping on each other's feet. We think it's time to build bridges between the styles so that we can all learn from each other, and have lots of new dance partners!

    In these workshops, we will start by outlining the similarities and differences so that dancers of either style can easily transfer their skills over. Then we will focus on the hottest styling and coolest moves from each dance, and how they can be used in the other. Beginner to advanced levels offered!

    • Saturday, August 20, 2:00 pm: Musicality, Styling, Shines & Turns in Salsa & Casino
    • Saturday, August 20, 3:30 pm: Partnering Techniques in Salsa & Casino

    "Danza Contemporanea Cubana" Modern Dance Techniques

    with Anara Frank, Yesenia Selier

    This workshop will offer an overview of the modern technique that is taught throughout Cuba at all major art schools, universities and dance companies and is referred to as “Contemporanea Cubana”. Cuban Dance Professors describe it as a fusion of the following genres: American Modern Dance (especially Graham, Cunningham, Sokolow and Limon), Classical Ballet and Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance. The results of this intensive training technique can be seen in the numerous strong, powerful, expressive, flexible dancers graduating in Cuba each year and joining top national and international companies. The movement vocabulary shows incredibly crisp lines in naturally flowing movement, and amazing “undulations” in the torso and arms. Many believe that the success of the technique lies in the developmental exercise series that is used for training every age, level and style in the country. We will explore this series today, with a special focus on the undulations that are rare outside of Cuba. This workshop will be divided by level as needed, and will be useful for many styles, including Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Hip Hop and Modern Dance.

    Cuban Rythms & Movement in NYC Salsa

    (beginner to advanced levels offered) with Yesenia Selier, Anara Frank, Jay Salsa

    Tito Puente is often quoted to have said “I eat Salsa and I play Cuban Music”. Musicians and dancers who were influential in the early days (before the name “Salsa” came into common use) would have called what they were doing Mambo, Son or Guaguanco, using the names of the Cuban rhythms and dances that were inspiring them. In this workshop we will study these Cuban roots, and their reflection in how we dance New York style today. NYC Salsa dancers will improve their body movement, shines and musicality, while Son and Rumba dancers will learn how to weave their unique skills into this current popular style. Beginners will advance quickly with an instructor who will help them understand all of the essential ingredients to progress in these dances.

    Afro-Cuban Body Motion

    with Yesenia Selier, Anara Frank

    Ancient Palo, Congo, Yoruba and Arara movements are present in many popular dance forms in the Americas-- from Hip Hip and Reggaeton to Samba and Salsa. This upbeat class will feel like a fun, progressive workout, full of authentic Afro-Cuban steps. You will also learn a series of exercises to do at home that will help you gain the sensual body movement, postures, weight transfer and groove that are essential for all of these dances. Over time you will incorporate the fluid body motion of Cuban dancers until it becomes part of the way you naturally move. This workshop will be divided by level as needed, and will be useful for many styles, including Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Hip Hop and many forms of Brazilian and Caribbean Dance.

    Hip Hop with Cuban Inspiration

    with Ray F. Davis & friends.

    This workshop may appear out of place in our “Project: Cuba” series, but as Hip Hop Dancer & Historian Ray F Davis will tell you, nothing could be farther from the truth. The African roots of Cuban Dance and Hip Hop are very closely linked, and the way Salsa and Hip Hop evolved in NYC, LA & Puerto Rico, brings even more connections. This workshop will begin with a warm-up that will help you improve your body control, making it able to pop, isolate, wave and more. You will learn many popular Hip Hop steps, and see firsthand their similarities to the Afro-Cuban motion we learned in the previous class. Finally you will learn how you can fuse the hottest NYC Hip Hop moves with Salsa to improve your look in both styles.

    NYC Style Cha Cha Cha (with Cuban & Hip Hop Styling)

    with Anara Frank, Jay Salsa, Ray F. Davis, Yesenia Selier

    Cha Cha Cha is a traditional Cuban dance that has gone through an amazing transformation over the past few years. It is no longer a “cute 1950's dance” with jumping ropes and hand claps, it is now a more sensual and expressive version of salsa, and it has become an interesting contradiction in the NYC Salsa Community. With its slower pace yet insistent rhythm, mistakes can be seen more easily, and many salseros exit the dance floor when they hear it because they haven't yet mastered its intricacies. For those same reasons, it has become a huge favorite for salseros who understand the rhythm and are ready to “play inside it”, inventing new shines and body movement that reflect the sounds of the instruments they are listening to. In this workshop, we will share our secrets for how to improvise with the rhythm without missing a beat. Experienced dancers will learn how to incorporate movements from Hip Hop, Contemporary and Afro-Cuban dance that will enable them to enter the Cha Cha Cha music, connect to their partner, and fully express their creativity.

    Lunchtime Cultural Presentations & Potlucks:


    We will take a break from physical activity in the middle of each Saturday series, for a meal and an interactive presentation. Please help us end up with a delicious, varied meal by signing up in advance for what you would like to bring! SIGN-UP

    • Saturday, August 20: Havana Cultural Landscape 2011
      • An interactive multi-media presentation by Anara Frank and invited guests, featuring Key Cultural Organizations & Community Projects.
        • Featured Companies: Obini Bata, Danza Contemporanea, Danza Chevere, Raices Profundas.
        • Featured Community Projects: La Colmenita, Quisicuaba Cabildo, La Castellana
    • Saturday, August 27: Afro-Cuban Influences In Current Dance Forms
      • An interactive multi-media presentation by Dance Scholar Yesenia Selier of NYU, discussing the Afro-Cuban Influences in other dances, including NYC Salsa, Casino, Hip Hop, and Modern Dance

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