Rhythms of the Latin World Workshop

Rhythms of the Latin World Workshop

In this workshop students will experience Latin American culture through dance and music, learning how the customs and beliefs of waves of immigrants from across the globe have blended and evolved. The instructors will share geography and fun facts then demonstrate examples of the music and dance for a variety of Latin American countries. 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. Programs are available in any combination of in-person, live online, and/or pre-recorded video.

Use this link to view a video excerpt from this program: http://commotionnc.org/for-kids/

Both in-person and virtual (live and pre-recorded) options are available for this program.

Artist Background

COMMOTION BUILDS COMMUNITY AND IMPROVES WELL BEING THROUGH ADAPTIVE AND INCLUSIVE MOVEMENT. At ComMotion – Community in Motion, we believe that everyone should get a chance to experience the many benefits of movement and dance. ComMotion provides fun and engaging 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. Our virtual programs utilize green screen technology to create an immersive learning experience. Since 2018, we have taught more than 20,000 people around the world. Our youth programs are suitable for preschool and K-12. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Raleigh. We have worked with numerous partners including the Wake County Schools, Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, Polk County Schools, Emily K Center, and The Kennedy Center, and the US State Department. Our Artistic Director is a native of Bogota, Colombia and he loves sharing his Latin American culture through music and dance! He began dancing when he was 8 years old and has taught and performed around the world.

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