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Feb 25

Learn Cuban Rumba Portland Conservatory of Music | 202 Woodford Street 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Are you interested in Afro-Latin rhythms? If so, this class is for you! This is a percussion-based class; drums/congas/percussion instruments will be provided. This class also incorporates singing, dancing, and improvisation. You’ll be studying with Hans Barklis, an accomplished educator, performer, and student of Afro-Latin folkloric music.

What is Cuban rumba?

Cuban rumba is music, dance, poetry, history, radical self expression, and so much more! Rhythmic conversations of interlocking percussion are easy to enter via basic parts, but are never ending in their potential for complexity and ingenuity.

Rumba dance is a reflection of the music, a joyous declaration of tempo and cadence articulated in the body. Rumba lyrics hold the lineage of Spanish Golden Age poetry and West African Griot storytelling, all within a context that allows for improvisation and individuality.

Cuban rumba has substantial structure to plug into, and ample flexibility with which to explore!

10 Sessions: Tuesdays, Feb. 25-May 5

Grades 2-4 | 4:00-5:00 pm
Grades 5-8 | 5:00-6:00 pm
High School & Adult | 6:00-7:30 pm

Where: Portland Conservatory of Music, 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME

Tuition: $150 (grades 2-8) – $225 (high school & adult)