a 1 hour Work Out
comfortable sandals, insect repellent, camera, notebook and pen (your you guides have lots of info to share), your work-out-type clothes, drinking water
The dance class designed to learn and enjoy the basic steps and moves needed to understand and dance to most popular music found in Latin America and the Islands.
We begin with a simple warm up to rhythms of drums from the mother land of Africa, the birth place of all Afro-Caribbean dance. We make our way through time, try some of the most popular dance styles developed by the African descendants that settled in these countries after the slave trade period. We will discover the similarities in these movements from the popular reggae of Jamaica to its younger version known as “Dancehall” and its Spanish counterpart called “Regaetton.” We will than move our hips to the rhythms of “Socca” and “Samba” which are styles used in carnivals and parades celebrations in places such as Haiti, Dominican Republic and Brazil. Our class would not be complete with out a little bit of “Salsa” originated in “Cuba” and influenced by many other countries as well.
One hour class designed to make you understand basic movements of Afro-Caribbean Latin dances while you sweat, laugh and experience sensation in your body that you never though you could. Amaze your self to what your feet are able to do with out having to keep count!
“Dance is but a form of expression of our thoughts and feelings that uses the body as an instrument to the sounds of music” - Wanda Patterson
Wanda Patterson has been an Afro Caribbean Culture promoter since 1991 - with a Dance background from the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance School of dance and the Perfoming Arts, This Costa Rican Caribbean lady has demonstrated a passion for her culture heritage by organizing activities related to the subject of dance, promoting and rescuing culture values. Founder of National recognized events such as Music and Art Festival of The South Caribbean Coast (1999-2009), Festival Mar y Arte, Cuenta Cuentos para ninos, Cacao Trails Museo del Cacao, Caribbean Spoon Catering and Cooking school. She was recognized with a one time national award by the Centro de Mujeres Afro-Costarricenses and the Asamblea Legislativa, for her “devotion as a promoter of the culture of the South Caribbean Coast” in 2004.
Cost: $35 per person