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Programs for 2000


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Caribbean Music and Dance Programs

This page is up for historical puposes only.  Caribbean Music and Dance ceased operations in the fall of 2000.

 

Caribbean Music & Dance Programs takes people to study and enjoy the music and dance of Cuba. They are an experienced organization who do a good job and have done much to promote an awareness of AfroCuban culture. They feature a rich variety of programs and have worked extensively with the likes of Afrocuba de Matanzas and Muñequitos de Matanzas. From their company profile:

"We are dedicated to supporting Cuban culture in Cuba by facilitating a valuable educational and cultural experience for all who participate. We work to promote this type of cultural exchange because we believe that it helps to break down the political and racial barriers that separate humanity, and that art and culture should have no borders."

"Since 1987, over eight hundred persons have participated in workshops organized by our three partners, and since 1992, we have promoted and produced fourteen workshops in Cuba. Today we offer six such music and dance study trips per year. The Cuba workshops are in conjunction with the Escuela Nacional de Arte, the University of Matanzas, and many world renowned artists, including Chucho Valdes and Irakere, Los Van Van, Changuito, Richard Egues, Los Munequitos and Grupo AfroCuba de Matanzas, and founding members of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional, Danza Nacional, Raices Profundas, Banrrarra, Clave Y Guaguanco, and Yoruba Andabo. We also work closely with the Institute of Cuban Music and ethnomusicologists and historians from the Center for the Investigation of Cuban Music. These institutions are hosting our seminar series.

Programs for 2000

These are no longer available as Caribbean Music and Dance ceased operations.

Contemporary Cuban Percussion & Dance Workshop
Dates: June 18, 2000 - July 2, 2000

Discover the vibrant world of contemporary Cuban music and dance with this two-week course for percussionists and dancers. The course content is similar to the Popular Music and Dance program, but with less of an emphasis on the older traditions and more of an emphasis on the latest developments in Cuban music and dance.

Percussion classes for intermediate to advanced students are given in traditional Cuban hand percussion, timbales and drum set. Drum set students will split time between set and traditional percussion. Classes will include sectionals, ensembles, and arranging. Styles covered include Son, Chachacha, Salsa, Songo, Rumba, Jazz Cubano, and Timba.

Dancers of intermediate to advanced levels will be treated to classes of son, chachacha, mambo, rumba, rueda de casino and the latest Cuban street dances. Faculty are from the best performing groups in Cuba as well as the National School of Art.

Lectures, seminars, and performances by the country’s hottest salsa and jazz bands supplement classes. Past weekend excursions have included tours of Old Havana, El Callejon de Hamel to see a rumba, music instrument factories, rehearsals by top salsa groups, and the Center for the Research and Development of Cuban Music (CIDMUC). Evenings and weekends are also free to take in Havana’s nightlife or enjoy one of Cuba’s beautiful beaches.

Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music and Dance Workshop

Dates: July 2, 2000 - July 16, 2000

Come celebrate the tenth anniversary of this original CMDP program. The Afro-Cuban Folkloric course is ten years strong due to its excellent faculty and exciting course material. Percussionists and dancers of all skill levels will explore this rich cultural aspect of Cuban life. Courses again take place at the National School of Art (ENA) in Havana and are taught by members of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional, Clave y Guaguanco, Yoruba Andabo, and faculty of ENA. Small class size makes it easy to learn and understand these complex rhythms and dances.

Styles covered in both percussion and dance classes include the famous Rumba (including all three styles—Guaguanco, Columbia, and Yambu), the rhythms and dances of Santeria (Bata, Bembe, Guiro, and Iyesa rhythms, and various Orisha dances), Arara, the trio of Congo styles (Palo, Makuta, and Yuka), and the rhythm of Carnaval—Conga de Comparsa.

Dancers will learn the folkloric techniques pioneered by the ENA teachers. Classes are five hours daily along with informative seminars, performances, and discussions. Song class is offered for both percussionists and dancers. Dance class for percussionists and rhythmic concepts for dancers are also taught.
Trips to Regla to see the church enshrining Our Lady of Regla (synchretized with the Yoruba orisha Yemaya), Guanabacoa’s fascinating Folkloric Museum and Cultural Center, a master drum maker’s house, various religious ceremonies, the famous murals at the Callejon de Hamel, and the rumbas held there each weekend round out this rich cultural experience. Weekends and evenings are free to take in Havana’s bustling nightlife that includes several top-notch salsa clubs, delicious paladares (private, home-run restaurants), and many great beaches.

Cross Country Music and Dance Workshop

Dates: July 16, 2000 - July 30, 2000

Discover the rich cultural diversity and absorb the unique history of Cuba on this two-week trek from Havana to Santiago de Cuba with plenty of stops on the way. You’ll leave Havana on a comfortable tour bus for a stop in Santa Clara to experience Cuban life in the interior. You can pass a lazy afternoon in the famous Parque Vidal or visit the tomb of Cuban hero Che Guevara.

From Santa Clara you’ll head to Cienfuegos which exudes the spirit of a French Port City. Next stop is the quaint, perfectly preserved colonial city of Trinidad where you can take a ride in a horse and buggy down its cobblestone streets.

The final ten days of the trip will be split between the Oriente cities of Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo. Here you will study music and dance reflecting the rich influence of Haiti as well as learning the son in its place of origin. Past classes have been taught by members of Ban Rrarra, Katumba, and Folklorico de Oriente. Nights can be spent at the famous Casa de la Trova where you’ll find yourself dancing to the traditional son groups of Oriente.

After your stay in the eastern region of Cuba, you’ll fly back to Havana to spend your last day and night taking in the eclectic and vibrant capital city. Choose to go to the beach, outdoor bookstore or art fair during the day and at night salsa dance ‘til the wee hours of the morning. You’ll be sure to see more of Cuba in these two weeks than you ever expected.

Contact Caribbean Music & Dance

Caribbean Music And Dance Programs, Inc.
12545 Olive Street Road, Suite 241 . Saint Louis, MO 63141

877-665-4321 (toll free), 314-469-2916 (fax)
Voicemail 24 hours a day.

e-mail: info@caribmusic.com

web: http://www.caribmusic.com

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