Afro-Latin Jazz Workshop w/ Sekou
Saturday, July 23, 2022 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
About The Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop Series
We are so excited to continue Masacote’s Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop Series. Afro-Cuban dance specialists will host different workshops throughout the year where you will have the opportunity to do more than just learn salsa. You will explore the various forms of the Afro-Cuban dance tradition through different movements representing the Orishas (deities from the African traditions brought to Cuba). Making this connection will allow you to embrace salsa through a cultural context in a community with other salsa dancers.
Our next special guest is Sekou McMiller, a pioneer at the forefront of a new movement in Afro Latin Jazz dance and a longtime friend of Masacote! Sekou’s unique fusion style has a strong Afro-Caribbean essence that is laced with many different dance techniques combined with explosive energy. His style, both on and off stage, has earned Sekou broad recognition worldwide.
Sekou has performed and choreographed for Top Latin artists such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Rojas, Tito Nieves, Pit Bull, and pop icon, MADONNA. A recent recipient of fellowship with The Alvin Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab for Winter/Spring 2017 and the City University of New York (CUNY) Dance Initiative winter/spring 2017, Sekou’s choreographic works have been featured throughout North America and abroad in over 30 countries.
What to Expect
Afro Latin Jazz Fusions and Techniques:
Sekou’s unique and exciting style of Afro Latin Jazz introduces Latin rhythms and techniques deeply rooted in the Caribbean and club dance and music culture (Salsa/Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Rumba, Orishas etc...) while blending with urban dance, modern, jazz, and contemporary styles. A marriage of technique and rhythm.
Structurally derived from traditional Afro Cuban /Jazz/ African classes and Pilates practices, Sekou's warm-up guides the dancers through breathing and fluid movement exercises that strengthen technique, musicality, and flexibility. All the while breaking down the intricacies of Afro-Latin Dance rhythms, body movements, and attitude. The across-the-floor combos get the dancers moving with turns and jumps using authentic Afro Latin moves and Jazz promoting spatial awareness, power, and presence. Class choreography includes movements covered during class fused with various mainstream styles from urban to contemporary dance.
When: Saturday, July 23rd, 2022, 2pm - 4 pm
Where: Cambridge Athletic Club, 215 First Street, Cambridge, MA. 02142
Limit: 25 students
Per CAC's safety guidelines and approved by the City of Cambridge, face masks or coverings are no longer required to be worn inside gyms. However. we do encourage those who feel more comfortable wearing masks to continue to do so.
What to wear: Dress comfortably! Sweatpants, dress pants, leggings, leotards, skirts, wraps, and sarongs are all welcome. Dance shoes are not required for this workshop.
There is plenty of on-street, metered parking during the evenings. Validated parking is available next door at the 50/60 Binney Street parking garage (entrance via Linskey Way) from 6pm-9pm on weekdays and 12pm-8 pm on Saturdays. Parking is free as long as you validate your ticket with the CAC staff or machine.
Masacote School; at Cambridge Athletic Club
215 First St; Cambridge (Upstairs Main Room)
Enter through the First St. entrance by pressing the gray button for security to buzz you in.