Presented in partnership with Waterloo Greenway
Come learn the structure, etiquette, and culture of a unique variety of Latin dances, such as Tango, Samba, and Cumbia. You’ll learn about lead-follow connection, master some dance moves, and lose yourself in a mosaic of soul-stirring music. Classes are open to beginners, as well as experienced dancers.
- Instructor-led classes
- No partner needed
- No RSVP required
Tuesday, September 20
Instructor: Liliana Beverido
Cumbia is an energetic and fun dance that originated primarily in Mexico, Colombia, and Panama, Cumbia. It started as a courtship dance practiced among the African population, which was later mixed with European instruments and musical characteristics. No partner needed!
Tuesday, September 27
AFRO LATIN DANCE
Instructor: Alfonso Alarcon
This class is an introduction to a variety of Afro-Latin dance styles that will help students develop freedom, variety, and fluidity in their body movements. Folkloric dances are complemented with Contemporary-infused warm-ups to achieve dance fluidity. This solo dance is usually done barefoot!
Tuesday, October 4
Instructor: Melissa Corpus
Sweat a little and shake your hips! This class will give students a solid foundation in the fundamentals of samba, while exploring its many expressions: folkloric samba de roda, glittery, elegant Rio-style “passista” samba, playful, jazzy “malandro” samba, pop-style “pagode” samba from Bahia, African “samba afro,” and more. This type of samba should not be confused with “ballroom samba,” so no partner is necessary.
Tuesday, October 11
Instructors: Gustavo Simplis & Monica Caivano
Tango is a highly improvisational dance that is built in layers. Come learn the structure of tango from start to finish in a relaxed atmosphere. Students are coached in the skills of leading and following — as well as the etiquette and culture of Argentine Tango. No partner needed!