Our annual series. 6 weeks of classes in 6 genres with 4 different teachers Early Bird reservations end this Sunday 1/17
Cumbia originated in Colombia and very popular in Mexico and does not get a lot of play in the dance community beyond the Colombian Dances and Mexican clubs but is a very fun fast
dance with a rivetting beat and groove. Check out some incredible Cumbia dancing here:
Guillermo has been dancing and teaching in this area for a long time, very active in the Casino Ruedo community, and danced with Sonusalsa performance and taught at festivals around the country.
Guillermo Hernandez with Cumbia
Steven Vazquez with Bachata
Abuelo Salsero Jack with Salsa as well as Zydeco
Chris Dove with Lindy and Blues
There will be six different dances taught, each for six weeks. Take one, or two, or if you are stark raving mad, take all six. Classes will be small with lots of personal attention.
Classes will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays. There will be two classes a night 7-8 and 8:15-9:15. Classes will start on Jan 26, 27, & 28 and run 6 weeks.
Tuesday Classes-Every Tues January 26 through March 8 skipping Feb 9 (Why ??? Mardi Gras)
Wednesday Classes- Every Wed Jan 27 to to March 2
Thursday Classes- Every Thurs Jan 28 to March 3
Tues- 7 P - Zydeco w Jack
Tues- 8:15 P - Cumbia w Guillermo
Weds 7 P- Bachata w Stephen
Weds 8:15 P -Salsa w Jack
Thurs 7 P - Lindy w Chris
Thurs 8:15 P - Blues w Chris
Earlybird Prices Through Jan17 below
1 Class $55 2-$100 3-$144 4-$180 5-$220 All 6- $260
Details re refunds and registration at above link,
Cash or check option, get to Jack Wolf
Class Descriptions and Levels:
Cumbia- Latin dance from Colombia and very popular in Mexico with a syncopated off beat rhythm and catchy groove.
Lindy- Lindy Hop is a high energy 8-count swing dance from the Big Band Era. This class will introduce beginners to the swing-out, Lindy circle and a few other basic moves. Students will also learn some fundamental elements and techniques that can help add variety, style and personality to their dances.
Blues- Blues dance is an improvisational journey emphasizing partner connection and creativity. Students will learn the fundamentals of the dance and the techniques that are used to create the unique blues dance aesthetic. The course will help students build confidence in their own movements and musical expression as well as improving their ability to communicate with their partner.
Zydeco- Basic Zydeco, beginners as well as more advanced welcome. Great funky dance from the French Creole community of Southern Louisiana with flavors of blues, R&B, and soul.
Bachata- Stephen will teach on advanced beginner and intermediate level so dancers should be familiar with basic, though if you are new and want to take it check with us and we might be able to prep you in advancer. Bachata is a sensual slow tempo dance from Dominican Republic that has become extremely popular.
Salsa- Jack will teach advanced beginners as well as new beginners on 1 which is California, Miami style. We will emphasize musicality and listening to the music as well as basic core moves.
Guillermo Hernandez is originally from Mexico City and learned to dance Cumbia D.F. style. For the last 25 years he has taught at festivals and events He is an active member of Rueda RDU and has taught and often calls casino rueda. dances He was a member of the performance group Sonusalsa and has been involved with the Triangle Salsa community since its early days.
Jack Wolf- As Wolfy Jocque, Jack has taught Cajun and Zydeco dance for many years including twice yearly at Shakori Festival as well as at The National Folk Festival and many band events. As Abuelo Salsero Jack he has taught Salsa for many events and recently at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Jack produces and/or DJs Salsa Dances every Sunday and Monday. He produced the Durham Music and Dance Festival and runs the dance website www.dancegumbo.com which lists all dances and teachers in the Triangle. This is the third year that Jack has produced the Hillsborough Dance Series.
Kris Dove has done many dances but has spent the past six years focused mainly on teaching blues and Lindy. She has taught locally and regionally at dance events and workshops and is currently one of the instructors at Triangle Swing Dance Society and RDU Blues. She enjoys dancing and being involved in the local dance communities. She feels dance has brought a great deal of joy to her life and hopes to help others develop the skills they need to feel confident and comfortable on the social dance floor.
Steven Vazquez has over 16 years of dance experience under his belt, performing publicly since he was a youngster. He specializes in salsa, bachata, and hip-hop influenced dance, leading four organized dance teams in the past six years. Steven provides a unique teaching style that focuses on inquiry and musical analysis to help students learn in a more immersive manner. High energy and lots of laughter are to be expected; Steven's passion of dance is sure to ruminate throughout your mind and body!
Other Bios to be added.