DANCE CLASS 1: CUBAN CONTEMPORARY

The class focuses on Cuban Modern technique as taught in the National School of Arts (ENA) in Havana. Cuban Contemporary is very inventive and integrates elements from popular and afro-carribean styles, while based on the language of contemporary dance. With Yusimi Moya Rodriguez you will learn to decipher, understand and include these citations of movements and gestures that refer to other genres.

After an intense warm-up we work on the important technique of dynamic undulation, which moves like a wave from the pelvis up the spine towards the head. We concentrate on the isolation of body parts to increase the strength of muscle segments and learn to control them independently. Understanding polyrhythmic structures requires a musical understanding, which is then applied to the body. Step-by-step the body gets accostumed to these for European dancers often new experiences.

Learning choreographies gives you some time and space to let you express and feel the new accomplished movements, alone or in a group of dancers. The movements and improvisational skills in Cuban Contemporary include a thinking in segments and patterns. It is more rhythmic and linear, with an emphasis on time. Different times are integrated in one body, all of them unified, felt in one moment and space. Cuban Contemporary can add some strong new flavours to the vocabulary of trained European dancers and extend their abilities in various ways.
Yusimi Moya Rodriguez with the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba

DANCE CLASS 2: POPULAR CUBAN STYLES

Dancing is an essential part of Cuba’s daily life. An enormous variety of different styles of popular music exist - and each one comes with its very own steps: Bolero, Son, Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, Danzón, Salsa, Casino, Contratiempo, Timba, Reggaeton, Merengue, etc. Every style has its history, melting influences from all parts of the world, like the history of the island itself. Rhythmic principles from Andalusian flamenco met French court dance, interpreted by creoles from Haiti, drumming from all over Africa mixed with European song structure later played by American big band orchestras - thus creating the big success of what today is known as Cuban music and dance!

With Yusimi Moya Rodriguez you will not only learn the steps, different figures and partnerwork essentials, depending on your level. You will also hear about the history of the music as well as the dancefloor etiquette, to prepare you for entering any ballroom in Havana - expect some surprises! A focus on the Clave-timeline pattern helps you to understand the basic rhythmic principles and feel the music in the cuban way. Yusimi Moya Rodriguez is an experienced teacher and has a deep knowledge of all these dances, from old-school Mambo to the latest Reggaeton movements, from classical partnerwork to Rueda de Casino choreographies. Keep it with Yusimi:"Salsa a lo cubano es lo mejór!"

Yusimi Moya Rodriguez in a Salsa Show

DANCE CLASS 3: AFRO-CUBAN

Cuba's colonial history allowed African traditions to survive until today. This heritage is highly valued in society. Dance and music are important expressions of African culture in rituals. Through the body and its movement a connection to the spiritual world is established, dance is communication! As a former member of the Conjunto Folklórico Nacional Yusimi Moya Rodriguez is regarded as a master of afrocarribean dance technique.


 Dances of the Orisha are well known today, as the religion with roots in the Yorubá people spreads out over the world. Every orisha has his own rhythm, movement and energy that reflect his/her character. The dense melodies of the sacred Batá-drums and Lukumí-songs accompany the dance steps and within minutes let the dancer feel their power.
 Rumba with its slow Yambú, the explicit Guaguancó and the Colúmbia dance is a secular genre and popular. 
The Congo dances include Yuka, Makuta and Palo, they are fast and energetic, used by the Palo Mayombe cults. And there are many other dances, like Vodú, brought to Cuba by Haitian Creoles, the Tumba Francesa from the Oriente, the Arará style of the Ewé/Fon people, the Carabalí and Abakuá mask dance, the carnaval conga dances...

This highly active class is for the true lovers of dance, open for new rhythmic body experiences and state shifting energies! Expect some exhausting lessons after an intense warm-up, that help you in building muscular strength and develope the important undulation movements in your hips and torso. The body is often low to the ground, semi-plié, getting its energy and resistance to rise from the connection to the earth. Live-Percussion for dance classes can be arranged. Ìbà òrìshà, Ore Yèyé Òshun!

Yusimi Moya Rodriguez dancing Orisha Yemaya