Workshop | January 27 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)
Exploration of Forms: Afro Cuban Dance Workshop with José Francisco Barroso
This class focuses on the explosive and subtle sacred expressions of the Orisha (Yoruba deities), as well as the dances of the Dahomey-Arará (Vodu, Gaga), and Congo (Palo, Makuta) regions. Barrosos class offers students a strong understanding of polyrhythm and the kinesthetic distinctions of Afro-Cuban traditional dances, rhythms, and movements. All levels welcome. Live drumming!
Exploration of Forms is a free, public workshop series. No previous dance experience is necessary. All workshops take place on Sundays, 1-3pm, in Bancroft Dance Studio at UC Berkeley. Donations are encouraged.
Born in Havana, José Francisco Barroso studied from a very young age the popular Cuban styles- son, casino, rueda, and rumba. Barroso describes these art forms as an expression of everyday life in Cuba and as a symbol of the vibrancy of the Cuban people. Additionally, he was recognized throughout Havana for his skills in hip-hop and break dance, and studied with Cubas Compania Folklorica Raices Profundas.
As a director, choreographer, and teacher, José Francisco Barroso has received numerous grants and awards, such as The Isadora Duncan Dance Award (2006), California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence Grant (1995-2001), ACTAs Living Cultures Grant Program (2006, 2015), and has held residencies at several universities such as Stanford University, California State University Sacramento, San Jose State University, Humboldt State University, San Francisco State University, New College of San Francisco, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Laney College, Mills College.
Barroso also teaches a weekly class open to all levels on Tuesdays, 7pm, at ODC in San Francisco.