IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival

Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Company

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A Unique & Exciting Celebration of Afro-Cuban Culture.

Renowned Afro-Cuban choreographer and dancer Neri Torres founded the IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Festival in 1998 and from 2002 through 2005 called it BAILA USA. She began the festival to reflect the multiple ethnicities of South Florida, and include other dance traditions that share African roots. Says Torres, "Our festival gives people of all backgrounds -- whether they're dancers or not -- the opportunity to enjoy, learn and engage in a celebration of the folk traditions of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the U.S."

Previous guest artists include La Familia Cepeda from Puerto Rico, the African American Ensemble and the late Dr. Katherine Dunham, as well as renowned scholars and instructors.

The  IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival will feature:

- A week-long children's camp

- A performance parade at Dominos' Park in Little Havana 

- An academic conference "Dancing Cubanness: Past, Present, and Future" (Miami Dade Central Library. 101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130)

- Two days of exciting dance workshops with live accompaniment. 

Workshops In:

  • Oricha Dance
  • Modern
  • Arará
  • Makuta/Palo/Yuka
  • Rumba(Guaguanco, Columbia and Yambú)
  • Cubatón
  • Gagá
  • Son
  • Rueda de casino (Salsa Rueda)


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