Untitled Document Afro-Cuban Dance Instruction
Dances of the Orishas


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genre:  folkloric dance
video type:  instruction & demonstration
runtime:  60 minutes
location:  Havana, Cuba
producer: Boogalu Productions

Baile Wemilere
honors and illuminates the dances of the Orishas, the pantheon of deities of the Yoruba/Lucumi tradition in Cuba. Your guide and teacher is Dayana Torres Sotolongo, principal dancer with the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. Drawing from her professional training and intimate involvement with Yoruba/Lucumi traditions in Cuba, Dayana demonstrates the steps, dance patterns, and body language that are at the core of this ancient tradition.

For each of the principle Orishas, Dayana explains their individual characteristics and demonstrates how those attributes manifest in dance.
Next she demonstrates multiple step and dance patterns corresponding to traditional Batá drum rhythms.
Finally Dayana performs a dance improvisation for each Orisha.

Though out the class, the rhythmic framework is maintained by the seven stroke 6/8 clave pattern (see video). Instruction is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Part 1- Introduction by Dayana
Part 2 - Body Position
Part 3
- Dances of the Orishas
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Changó - Intro / Meta / Bolenche / Chachalokuafún
Oyá - Intro / Kan Kan / Tui Tui / Chachalokuafún
Ochun - Intro / Rezo / Iddewere / Chachalokuafún
Yemayá - Intro / Yakotá / Omolodde / Chachalokuafún

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