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26 Aug, 7:15 pm

Orishas form the basis of Afro-Cuban dancing. They heavily influenced the evolution of Cuban folklore dancing. For many Cubans, Orishas are much more than just a dance; it’s a religion and a culture. Orishas are the Yoruba/Santeria religion’s gods. Each of these gods looks a certain way, with their own story and character. Religious ceremonies are a Cuban spectacle as the practitioners attempt to portray them through dance.

In addition to the story behind each Orisha, nine have a unique dance corresponding to their own musical incantation, accompanied by special drumbeats played on the Batá.

The Orishas’ dance is an interesting one; it challenges one’s body to move in non-trivial ways. Once connected to the rhythm, one can almost feel the divine connection.

Today, the Orishas have become a fantastic display of colour and history and a portrait of life itself. In this class, you will be guided through steps, generic movements, body isolations and character traits that, in modern Hollywood, would be portrayed as superheroes!

In these classes, you will be instructed on the following topics:

  • An Introduction to Orishas
  • Musicality
  • Co-ordinating Orisha’s body movements, such as bounce, chest and arms
  • Basics of Eleggua
  • Learning the basic steps and a short routine for Oyá
  • Learning the basic steps and a short routine for Oggun
  • Creating combinations with the Orishas
  • Reviewing and combining the routines of the three Orishas

DETAILS

PRICE
£10.00
DATE
26 Aug
TIME
7:15 pm
Age

18+

Duration

1 hr

Level

All levels, Introduction

Studio

Style

Folklore

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