Cuban Dance Workshop Weekend with Christina and Israel
**Please note all workshops adhere to the DPPA guidelines set out by Ausdance and approved by Queensland Health for Covid Safe Practice**
Join us for this unique opportunity to learn from master teachers Christina Monneron and Israel Ortiz Castellanos
Saturday 21st of November:
10am – 11pm – Afro Cuban Movement / Orisha Focus – Open Level
A must for any Cuban Dance lover. Learning the roots of this incredible dance will help foster more meaningful connection to the music, the culture, the history and authentic body movement.
11.15am – 12.15pm – LUNCH
12.15pm – 1.15pm – Mens / Womens Rumba Styling – Open Level
Learn the specific movement and techniques for both Men and Women for Rumba Dance
1.15pm – 2.15pm – Guaguanco Rumba – Open Level
Let’s put everything we learned in the previous class together for Guaguanco Rumba!
Sunday the 22nd of November:
10am – 12pm: Rueda de Casino – Foundation Movements and Techniques
12pm – 1pm: LUNCH
1pm – 3pm: Rueda de Casino – Intermediate Movements and Techniques
$30 Per Single Workshop on Saturday (One Hour Duration)
$75 Saturday Day Rate (For all Saturday Workshops)
$50 Per Workshop on Sunday (Two Hour Duration)
$85 Sunday Day Rate (For all Sunday Workshops)
$150 For the entire weekend
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL AND PLACES ARE LIMITED!! To book contact Cara on 0409700037 or email dHN2bW92aSB8IGdtYWlsICEgY29t
Mauritian-born Christina studied with a principal artist of Cuba’s National Folkloric Dance Group in Sweden in 1996, beginning a journey that included participation in an intensive Afro-Cuban workshop held in Denmark and joining a dance troupe and dancing Afro-Cuban and Popular Cuban rhythms (salsa, cha cha cha, mambo, conga) all over Scandinavia.
She joined a cultural exchange program in Havana in 1998 where she studied AfroCuban dance, Yoruba spirituality and Santeria religion which led to her full initiation as a priestess of Santeria.
Christina introduced the energy and passion of Afro-Cuban rhythms to Australia in 1999 under the banner Cuban Dance Academy in Melbourne, which included hosting Cubamemucho, Australia’s first International Cuban Dance Congress in September 2009 and organising annual Culture, Dance & Music Tours to Cuba.
In 2010, Christina followed a call to community development work in arts & culture, especially fostering cross-cultural relations, first on the mid north coast of NSW, where she was named Coffs Harbour's inaugural International Woman of the Year for her work with women and young girls in 2015. She is now based on the Gold Coast, QLD developing her unique business RhythMMM and also Afrekete Afro-Cuban Festival, and continue her ongoing commitment to enhance wellbeing & happiness, through the culture and rhythms of Cuba to people of all ages and abilities throughout Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world.
Israel was born in Santiago de Cuba, and has been dancing practically all of his life. He first went to a specialised dance school at the age of 11 and went on to graduate from the National School of Art in Havana.
After he graduated he worked for two different modern dance companies in Cuba before winning a position in the dance spectacular ‘Havana Nights’ where he travelled the world with this company, performing in more than nine countries throughout Asia and Europe, before settling in Australia in 2003.
Israel is the Director of The Cuban Dance Company (Brisbane) and has been performing and providing tuition for Cuban dance aficionados in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast for over four years.
We follow the DPPA guidelines set out by Ausdance and approved by Queensland Health. You can find the approved industry plan here. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5dba251d2c56d12c23c7b9cf/t/5f050077adf9984d8a53c1be/1594163326554/Amended
“This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland”