Monday, April 6, 2009

Summer Camp for Rumberos

There's a highly recommended Afro-Cuban dance and drum program at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California coming up this July 25-August 1.

I've heard great things from people who've gone there, and it also seems (to me) to be a great value--the whole week-long program of classes is $495, not including travel/lodging. You can also sign up by day rates.

Among the esteemed instructors at this camp: the one and only Francisco Aguabella, John Santos, Mike Spiro, Toto Berriel from Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, founding member of the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional Lazaro Galarraga, and drummers and dancers from other top folkloric groups in Cuba, such as Yoruba Andabo and Afro-Cuba de Matanzas. The program also includes scholars such as David Peñalosa who has written books about clave.

Realer, a deal does not get. Classes cover rumba and orisha song, dance, and multi-instrument drumming techniques, at levels from beginner to pro.

"I must mention that our evening rumba parties have become legendary," says program founder and coordinator Howie Kaufman.

"You will not be disappointed!" emphasizes Santos.

Details and registration at the website: Humboldt University: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Dance and Drumming

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