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This year's program is dedicated to the memory
of Francisco Aguabella (1925-2010).
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Humboldt State University College of eLearning & Extended Education presents the annual Explorations in Afro-Cuban Dance & Drum workshops to celebrate the folkloric music, songs, and dances of the Afro-Cuban people. Set in Arcata, amongst the towering redwoods and breathtaking coastline of Northern California, this workshop promises to be an extraordinary assembly of Afro-Cuban percussion and dance masters! Internationally-recognized instructors will join local faculty to teach students of all skill levels.
All styles of Afro-Cuban dance and drum techniques will be represented. The drum classes will encourage students to go beyond just learning parts, with special classes offered in batá, chekeré, quinto, technique, and basic rhythmic skills. The dance classes will be accompanied with live drumming. At all skill levels, the dance classes are certain to be rigorous and challenging. In addition, Afro-Cuban song instruction will be offered. Classes are progressive and cumulative. Thus, participants are encouraged to attend the entire program.
For one price, students will enjoy admission to any classes and events, including the faculty performance on the final evening.
Special evening events will round out the program. Highlights include conga and rumba dance classes.
The daily schedule is arranged to maximize exposure to the three components of Afro-Cuban folklore: singing, dancing and drumming. Whether youre new to the program or returning, you will have a rich cultural and educational experience in the annual Explorations in Afro-Cuban Dance & Drum workshop at Humboldt State University.