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TAMBOR Y DANZA: AN AFROCUBAN DRUM & DANCE IMMERSION IN CUBA
SUMMER 2015: June 13 – 27, 2015
A 15-Day Cultural Arts Immersion that highlights the historical preservation of Cuba’s rich and vibrant AfroCuban folkloric drum and dance traditions. Hosted by world renowned Musician, Luca Brandoli & internationally recognized Dance Ethnologist, Kimberly Miguel Mullen, M.A. The Summer 2015 Program will be in collaboration with Afro-Latino Cultural Ethnographer, Dr. Kiley Acosta, PhD and Dancer/Choreographer, Jeane July.
PACKAGE PRICE: $2995
• Round trip airfare from Miami to Cuba
• U.S. Department of the Treasury License for legal entry to Cuba
• Travel to five major historical epicenters for cultural confluence in Cuba (Santiago, El Cobre, Trinidad, Havana, and Matanzas) with many uniquely guided activities.
• Single-Room Occupancy Accommodations at family owned Casa Particulares and Hotels
• Two-Meals a Day (Breakfast & Dinner)
• Translator, Airport Transfers, Ground Transportation
• An 8-day traditional music and dance curriculum with world-renowned Cuban national folkloric companies
• Attendance to music and dance performances at locally famous venues
• Dinners at locally famous Cuban family owned restaurants called Paladares!
PAYMENTS DUE IN TWO INSTALLMENTS:
Deposit: $1000 due by Saturday, April 11, 2015 (non-refundable)
Early Registration! $100 off total package price to participants who register and pay deposit ($1000 -non-refundable) by Thursday, March 12, 2015.
Full Payment: $1995 due by Saturday, May 30, 2015.
To Register Contact: Kimberly, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Your Hosts!
Luca Brandoli is an international acclaimed percussionist and singer who has performed with professional bands in the US, Japan, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Cuba and other countries. Brandoli is the Director of Grupo Barracon, a Cuban band whose CD’s were nominated 4 times in 2011 and 2012 by Cubadisco, the Cuban Grammys, and received an award for Best AfroCuban Folkloric Music. Based in Los Angeles and Cuba, Brandoli has dedicated his life’s work to studying popular and folkloric Cuban music for 30 years. Brandoli has also been teaching AfroCuban percussion and song in several colleges throughout the US, including the University of California Los Angeles with a residency for 7 years. As a result of Brandoli’s extenisve reseasrch in AfroCuban Folkloric Music, he has authored 13 books on AfroCuban religious songs. Known for his extensive knowledge, Brandoli has become a sought-after percussionist and singer for religious ceremonies, both in Cuba and the US.
Kimberly Miguel Mullen, M.A., an internationally recognized dancer and ethnologist has performed in the USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Hong Kong. As a solo artist, she was one of a chosen few to perform with the late legendary Cuban percussionist Francisco Aguabella. The Los Angles Times has described her movement, a well-crafted mixture of traditional techniques from the African diaspora and Silvestre contemporary dance, as “spectacularly supple.” Mullen, who earned a Masters of Arts degree from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, actively pursues her interests in dance ethnography, traveling throughout the world while creating links among cultures through the expression of dance. Since 2005, Mullen has also been recognized as a popular dance and fitness DVD personality and choreographer renowned for infusing traditional dance forms into mainstream markets. Her debut dance workout DVD, "Dance and Be Fit: Brazilian Body," was awarded “Best Dance DVD 2009” by Health Magazine. www.kimberlymiguelmullen.com
Kiley Guyton Acosta, PhD is a prolific Afro-Latino cultural curator and professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a scholar-educator, she is both compassionate and passionate about the power that experiential education and arts-focused pedagogy hold, especially for students who are underserved and underestimated. Acclaimed for designing groundbreaking seminars on Afro-Cuban culture and history, Acosta’s dynamic teaching style engages students holistically while bringing critical attention to the invizibilized stories, cultural practices, and identity politics of Afro-descendents in the Americas. Dr. Acosta’s ethnographic research is featured in the Latino DC History Project and PBS Black in Latin America, and has been supported with awards from the Smithsonian Institution, Ford Foundation, and UCSB Black Studies. She worked as Presenter for the Smithsonian program Colombia: the Nature of Culture and recently had the honor of collaborating with author Pedro Sarduy as Bilingual Cultural Interpreter for Afro-Cuban Voices (2014). www.afrocubaweb.com/kiley-acosta.html
Jeane July. As a singer, dancer, teacher and choreographer (Samba, Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Funk), Jeane July has worked on National, Broadway and International stages as an entertainer. As a teacher, she has taught at various studios and workshops such as The Royal London Academy's Summer Dance Program at Cal State Long Beach. As a perfomer, Jeane's particular passion for the Cuban and Brazilian culture has opened opportunities for her in Los Angeles. She has performed on stage at the Ford Theatre with Diogo Nogueira, Olodum and Nação de Maracatu Estrela Brilhante do Recife. She, along with her founding performance group “Samba Samba”, had the privilege of performing on stage with Sheila E. at the 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival. Jeane has studied and performed with former dancer of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, Kati Hernandez and her group Pa’ La Orilla. She was honored to have performed on stage with the renowned musician Arturo Sandoval. She has continued her studies in Cuban dance and drumming with great teachers such as Maestro Lázarro Galarraga of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba and Ballet Folklorico de Cuba; Sandy, Dolores and Ana Perez of the famous Los Muñequitos de las Matanzas; and Isaias Rojas of Grupo Ban Rra Rra.