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Core Training

The core training concept is completely new and will replace the previous workshop model of the festival in total.

This year we offer two main topics Afro and Cuban Salsa. In all dance halls we will held workshops based on these two themes. The different dance halls / gyms in which we have the same main topic differ in the dance level of the participants and the corresponding teaching content.

A change between different rooms is no longer provided for in the new concept

The new concept guarantees maximum learning success! The number of persons per classroom is limited.

This way, all participants can develop their dance horizon of Afro and Cuban Salsa in didactically high-level classes.

The core training takes place all day on Saturday and Sunday.

AFRO - Yoruba (Orishas)

10 hours of intensive lessons in not too big groups and really linked to your personal dance level. The lessons build on one another and are of high didactic quality. The special concept for everyone who really wants to learn something!

The participants of the Afro Audition Core training are divided into 3 groups on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. by our instructors according to each participants dance level:

- Afro Beginner: no or only few Afro experience available
- Level 2: for dancers with good Afro experiance
- Level 3: for Afro dancers at the highest level

Contents:

The Afro-Cuban dances point the way to the African roots of music and dance. Ritual trance dances of Yorubá tribes served to call their deities - the orishas. Until today, the Orisha dances are part of the Cuban Santería, the mixture of Yorubá religion and Catholicism. All Orishas have their own distinctive character, which is translated with the appropriate movements. These movements are the basic building blocks of dances like salsa.

In the Afro Beginner Core Training the complex movements of the Orishas are first broken down to body isolation of upper body, hand and arm movements and steps and gradually brought together into a holistic movement.

In Afro Core Training for Intermediate and Advanced level, only Yoruba will be taught at UNIDANZA 2020. We focus on a maximum of 4 Orishas. In order to achieve the greatest possible learning success, not only the steps are taught, but also the characteristic expression of the Orishas. And of course always in connection with the music. In the music of the Orishas there is on the one hand the "Wemilere" or "Tambor" with consecrated Batá drums, also called Fundamento. On the other hand, Güiro, played with Shekeres (pearl pumpkin), a Campana (metal bell) and a Jicamo (Conga drum). All are accompanied with call and response songs between a leading singer and the choir. At the end of the weekend the dancers will know to which rhythm which movement is being danced.

Dates:

Saturday: Auditions at 10 am, workshops from 11:15 am to 5:30 pm, lunch break, snack and social dance (with DJ) from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm.

Sunday: Theory hour about the history of Afro-dances from 10 am to 11 am, followed by workshops (11:15 am to 5:30 pm) as well as lunch break, snacks and social dance (with DJ) from 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm.

Important notes:

Participants who specifically register for Afro Beginner do not have to go through the auditions on Saturday morning. Participants who expressly do not register for Afro Beginner can still be placed in the Afro Beginner Level by our instructors. The objective of the auditions is to make the learning experience as great as possible for each individual participant and to keep the learning effect as high as possible!

There is NO guarantee that our instructors will place you at your preferred level during the auditions. Please note this when booking your ticket! The decision which participant would learn in which level best is the sole responsibility of our instructors. A cancellation of the ticket is not possible in case of a "disappointing" audition.

Cuban Salsa - Timba, Reggaeton, Musicality and more

10 hours of intensive lessons in not too big groups and linked to your personal dance level. The lessons are build on one another and are of high didactic quality. The special concept for everyone who really wants to learn something!

The Cuban Salsa core training takes place as solo and partner work.

The participants of the Cuban Salsa Core training will start on Saturday morning at 10:30 am with a "Find your own level" warm-up, in which all teachers of the Cuban Salsa Core training are present and give the participants a RECOMMENDATION which level is suitable for the respective dancer. If the recommended level differs from the one chosen at the registration, each participant can freely decide whether or not he / she wants to follow the teacher's recommendation.

- Intermediate: good Salsa experience available, no or little experience with Timba, Reggaeton, Despelote, etc.
- Advanced: for good Timba dancers

Contents:

This is, as the name implies, the Cuban salsa. It is colloquially called Timba. The Cuban Timba is made up of different Cuban rhythms, which we will discuss in the Cuban Salsa Core Training. From Son over Casino (Salsa), Rumba to Despelote or the modern Salsaton, we will build up the lessons in musicality and dancing.

Dates:

Saturday: Auditions at 10:30 am, workshops from 11:45 am to 6 pm, lunch break, snack and social dance (with DJ) from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm.

Sunday: Musicality Theory hour from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, followed by workshops (11:45 am to 1 pm to 6 pm) as well as lunch break, snacks and social dance (with DJ) from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm.

Important notes:

Once you've decided on a level after the warm-up, you stay in the designated level / room throughout the WE.

The aim of the RECOMMENDATION is to make the learning experience as great as possible for each participant and to maximize the learning effect! All teachers are high professionals and can judge best what the respective dancer needs in order to become even better.

The teachers will change according to the workshop plan. This ensures that all participants in all announced Cuban Salsa teachers will have at least one lesson.