Where: The Performing Arts Center for African Cultures
8576 Laureldale Drive Laurel, MD 20724
(Behind the Tisher Car Dealership off Route 1998)
Rumba is a beautiful partner dance that originated in the ports of northern Cuba during the 18th century. Using readily available items like boxes and sticks, people created music to which rumberos would express themselves in movement, thus carrying on the traditional African movements in their new land.
Rumba includes three distinct styles: yambú (slow and sensual), guaguancó (a fast-paced flirtatious dance) and Columbia (solo, energetic dance). In this workshop, we will concentrate on yambú and guaguancó. Starting with a warm-up, we will cover 1) musicality, 2) fundamentals of Afro-Cuban body movement, 3) basic rumba steps, and 4) the creation of rumba phrases.
This workshop will not only teach the dance, but allow each participant to gain greater body awareness, musicality, and freedom of movement. Participants are highly encouraged to bring scarves and wide skirts to dance with.