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Journey into Dominican Dance: Bachata, Bolero, Merengue w/Edwin,Dakota,&Ada...
Sat, April 8, 2017, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM MDT
Take a journey through Dominican Dance and Music, exploring Bachata, Merengue, and Bolero along the way. Your guides during this engaging one day workshop are Edwin Fererras, Dakota Romero and Adam Taub. Join a welcoming community of Denver dancers as we develop our social dancing, connection, footwork, and style, while diving in deep into the music, culture and history. This workshop is open to all experience levels, everyone welcome. All levels will be challenged. Sign up early to secure your spot and save with the earlybird special! Please bring water and snack to keep your energy up. Tickets will be $60 at the door.
Saturday April 8th- Workshop Day! Please arrive 15-20 minutes early as we plan to start on time.
1:00-2:00 pm - Bolero Pt. 2: We begin with a review of part 1 which covered the basics of bolero music and dance, bass timing, box step and the framework. Part 2 introduces us to the classy and elegant themed bolero. Explore the clockwork-rotations, intermediate to advanced figures, levels of intimacy and the phrasing of steps and body movements with the rhythms in the lyrics. This is a great foundation for Bachata in the DR. (beginner-intermediate) Edwin & Dakota
2:00-3:00 pm - Bachata Footwork and Shines: This trademark workshop is specially designed for those students, performers, instructors, and higher-level dancers looking for a challenge. The class focuses heavily on the 4 different syncopations found in Bachata music and dance. We will learn a few steps for each syncopation in a fun pattern to help students remember. Then we will break out of the pattern and learn creative ways to recreate the steps and apply them into social dancing while maintaining authenticity (intermediates-advanced, but beginners welcome) Edwin and Dakota
3:00-4:00 pm - Bachata Music & Dance: Multi Media Presentation with Adam Taub Dive deep into the stories, culture, and history of this rich genre of music and dance. Adam will share insights, videos, stories and photos from over 10 years traveling to the Dominican Republic doing research in Bachata. (All Levels)
4:00-5:00 pm - Traveling the Dominican Republic with Bachata Dance: Edwin, Dakota, and Adam will co teach this class. We will explore a variety of Bachata elements, including partnerwork, footwork, foundational shapes and music while exploring communities in the DR where they are often scene. You will be dancing in this class, while also learning about the country and culture. (All Levels)
5:00-6:00 pm Merengue Típico: This unique workshop will not only help students become more familiar with merengue as a national music/dance of Dominican Republic but also help them discover the highly energetic and fun perico ripiao (merengue tipico) which is one of the oldest afro-latin dances and one of the most influential in the global dance community. The focus of this class is on quality of steps, natural body movements, turn patterns and variations and capturing the energy of each song and rhythm section. (All levels)
*Pre and Post Party
April 7th- Friday Night Pre Party at La Rumba w/ DJ Ale and DJ Sebas. Free entry with workshop pass! 10-1:30
April 8th- Post Party at La Rumba. LIVE Salsa music and plenty of Bachata to practice to with DJ Ale and Sebas 10-1:30
Edwin & Dakota
Based in New York, Edwin Ferreras is a Dominican-born dancer, scholar, and educator of Dominican arts. Edwin, continuously striving to diversify his content, provides his students with an exceptional in-depth music and dance experience. He is widely popular for his innovative methods of teaching connection, musicality, history, cultural idioms, footwork and social dance skills. He has traveled around the world including; Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, and throughout the United States, encouraging his students to express themselves in their own uniform que way. Edwin works with multitalented singer, actor, and dancer, Dakota Romero, who is a vital counterpart to his work in the Latin dance community. Dakota grew up in Los Angeles and began her dance career at the age of 10. She has trained in ballet, hip hop, and flamenco, but Latin dance has always been her passion. Together, Edwin and Dakota teach and perform, both at home in New York, and across the globe, captivating the world of dance.