Exploration of Forms: Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop

Performing Arts - Dance | October 20 | 1-3 p.m. |  Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft)

 José Francisco Barroso

 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

This free workshop with live drumming 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. Instructor José Francisco Barroso offers students a strong understanding of polyrhythm and the kinesthetic distinctions of Afro-Cuban traditional dances, rhythms, and movements. All levels are welcome.

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.

About the Instructor: 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 Cuba’s 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), ACTA’s 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.

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