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February 4, 2021 6:00–7:30 pm
Dance & Movement

An Introduction to Casino Dance (Cuban Salsa)

Taught by Namajala Naomi Washington Roque

About the Workshop

Explore the flavorful dances and music of Cuba! Participants will learn about Cuban culture through musicality and movement. This class is an introduction to Casino dance (Cuban Salsa) and includes elements from multiple Cuban dance and music genres such as Son, Cha-Cha-Cha, and Afro Cuban Folklore. Get ready to shimmy, body roll and enjoy the essence of Cuba’s popular dances! Agua!

Note:  This event is open to the entire Duke Community.

DISCLAIMER: This program involves physical exertion and movement through and across space, so before beginning ensure you have adequate clear, safe space free of obstacles to move and are wearing appropriate footwear for the floor surface. If more than one person will be participating, ensure adequate space to avoid contact with other participants. It is your responsibility to use personal judgment concerning the degree of your participation in the activities, and to determine that you are in proper physical condition to participate in such activities.

About the Instructor

Namajala Naomi Washington Roque is a graduate student in the inaugural MFA in Dance Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis Program at Duke. She is currently a principal dancer and instructor for DC Casineros Dance Company in Washington DC and has been a member of the company for 10 years. She has taught and performed various Cuban genres, Casino, Rueda de Casino, Son, Chachacha, Rumba and Orisha Dance with the company both nationally and internationally and has trained with internationally renowned Cuban companies such as Ballet Folklorico Cutumba and Compania All Stars out of Santiago de Cuba.

About the Location

This workshop will meet online via Zoom. See link at top of page.

About DukeCreate

DukeCreate is a series of free, hands-on arts workshops designed to help Duke students, staff, and faculty develop a variety of creative skills. Workshops are open to all skill levels and backgrounds. Most take place in the Duke Arts Annex or the Rubenstein Arts Center and are typically held weeknights 6-8pm.

Workshops are free to all Duke students and staff, with priority given to students. Class size is limited. Students must sign up in advance. Registration for the following week’s DukeCreate workshops goes live on Friday mornings – sign up in advance to guarantee your spot!  Online enrollment for Duke staff opens on the day of the workshop. Staff can also show up 10 minutes prior to a workshop in case a slot becomes available. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

DukeCreate is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts (DukeArts) and University Center Activities and Events (UCAE).