Jonathan Burke

July 2020 Music & Movement Retreat Staff

Specialties: Cuban Son, Afro Cuban, Rumba, Salsa

Jonathan Burke, born to Jamaican immigrant parents, grew up with a love for hip hop/reggae music and various modalities in the arts. He fell in love with Cuban music and dance in his teenage years and began training intensively with MetaMovements Latin Dance Company.

Jonathan progressively developed into an instructor for the school, teaching various Cuban styles and managing performance and weekly classes. He continued his intensive training in Afro-Cuban and Cuban Modern Dance through mentors at the company and Cuban instructors through visits in Cuba and abroad. He began training at the Masacote Dance School and joined the MASA2 Coaching Team in Fall 2016.

Masacote’s connection to Cuban culture has resonated deeply within Jonathan. He has focused on the connections between Cuban folkloric music/dance and popular Latin music/dance. As such, Jonathan found himself dancing anything with a clave: Son, Casino, Danzon, Chachachá, Salsa, Mambo, Rumba (Yambu, Guaguanco, Columbia), Yoruba — you name it! If he knows it he wants to share that knowledge, and if he doesn’t then he is trying to learn it. Jonathan joined the Masacote School Family in Summer 2017 before relocating to the DC area to continue his training.

Notable Stages and Work

– Various Salsa congresses and dance festivals across the US
– Club Jardines de 1830 (Havana, CU)
– Festival Cubano (Chicago, IL)
– Telemundo “La Gran Feria” (Roxbury, MA)

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