Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:00–2:00 p.m.


University Center Ballroom

Dancing in Solidarity with Cuba

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, join Anara Frank, Director of MetaMovements, alongside Adelphi Professor and Latin Dance Champion, Alfred Pena, for an afternoon of dancing in solidarity with Cuba! Both Anara and Alfred are renowned dancers and instructors, having performed, taught workshops, and won competitions in the US, Cuba and beyond. Through their years of experience, they have come to recognize Cuba as one of the most important roots of Salsa dance and music, and together are playing an essential role in on-going cultural exchange and relationship-building between artists and arts enthusiasts in the two countries.

MetaMovements Salsa Rueda - Photography credit: Will Cadena & Joey Corsica

Photography credit: Will Cadena and Joey Corsica

In the first half of our event, we will explore the fascinating history of how 20-30 junior high, high school and college students in the 1950s—with no video cameras, TV, internet, or commercial backing–created a national sensation, and eventually a worldwide phenomenon now known as “salsa”—a dance that millions of people around the world are still dancing today.

In the second half of our event, you can try the original Cuban Salsa dance (aka “Casino”) yourself! Whether you are a beginner or experienced dancer, you will enjoy the rhythms and movement, first on your own, then dancing in partners, and eventually dancing with the whole group in a big circle, also known as La Rueda de Casino or “The Wheel of Salsa” where a leader calls out the moves (and the jokes!) and everyone follows along.

Sponsored by the Latino Student Association, Latin American Studies Program, Gender Studies Program, Collaboration Project,Department of History and Department of Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education and Sport Management.

For further information, please contact:

Cristina Zaccarini
Associate Professor
Department of History
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Alfred Pena
Adjunct Faculty 
Department of Exercise Science, Health Studies, Physical Education and Sport Management
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