In this workshop students will experience several hundred years of history and culture through Latin dance and music, learning how the customs and beliefs of waves of immigrants from across the globe have blended and evolved. Beginning with the indigenous people and moving through successive waves of immigrants, the instructors will describe the basics of the culture, such as economy, language, and value system then demonstrate examples of the music and dance. The instructors will explain how the succession of cultures influenced the evolution of the society, as seen in the music and dance. Students will learn some of the most popular dances from Latin America, including their origins and evolution as well as basic steps and simple turns in several dances, such as Merengue, Salsa, Samba, and Bachata, which can be performed either on their own or in partnership. The workshop could include a performance by the dance professionals as well as a performance by the students themselves. The duration and goals of the workshop are customized to meet the needs of the school and can be taught in both English and Spanish.
At ComMotion – Community In Motion, we believe that everyone should get a chance to experience the many benefits of movement and dance. ComMotion provides free and low-cost classes and workshops for people of all ages and abilities, including military veterans, cancer survivors, seniors, and kids. Our programs are completely portable and adaptable to nearly any space, and can be taught in both English and Spanish. In 2018, we taught more than 1300 people at over 30 locations. Our youth programs are suitable for preschool and K-12. We have worked with numerous partners including the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, Polk County Schools, Cathedral School, Cardinal Gibbons High School, and Edenton Street United Methodist Church.