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Fundraiser for Cuban Cultural Dance Immersion 2014

This July we have an extraordinary opportunity to be immersed in authentic Afro-Cuban dance and culture. Our internationally recognized teachers, Prof. Kimberly Miguel Mullen and Cuban artist Ramon Ramos will lead us on this cultural exchange expedition.

Who are we? We are a group of ten adults from multiple walks of life with one thing in common: we have had our lives transformed through Afro-Cuban dance. Some of us have been dancing now for many years, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to go to the source of what brings us incredible joy!

Over a 16-day period we will visit Santiago, Baracoa and Havana, where we will have three daily dance classes, participate in an arts festival and live with homestays, immersing ourselves in day-to-day life of the Cuban people.

As you can imagine, we have an incredibly strong desire to participate in this unique experience! However, we could use a little financial boost, and so we are fundraising to supplement travel costs. We would be most grateful for a contribution of any amount to help us in our endeavor. You can also like our Facebook page to help spread the message.

P.S. Thank you for supporting the cultivation of a deeper appreciation for Afro-Cuban traditions and heritage!

A Day of Dance

Room/World to Dance Presents, A DAY OF DANCE:
A 3-part workshop featuring Silfredo La O Vigo,
Kimberly Miguel Mullen and Julie Simon

Saturday March 22nd
Registration 12:45pm

Afro-Samba 1-2:15pm- Julie Simon
Afro-Cuban 2:15-3:30pm- Silfredo La O
Afro-Caribe Flow 3:30-4:45pm- Kimberly Miguel Mullen

Julie Simon -Co-owner of Room/World to dance and director of Tropicaleiza will bring the fire and energy synonymous with Afro-Samba. Master Dancer and Artist Silfredo La O takes us on a passionate ride into the roots of Afro-Cuban dance, and Dancer/Dance Ethnologist Kimberly Miguel Mullen finishes off with Flow, a special Afro-Caribe class that guides students through a creative interplay of sacred and contemporary dance steps, featuring the essence and sensibility of the element water.

3 amazing classes $25
Space is limited!

January 2014 DanceLetter


Tomorrow, Saturday afternoon (1/25), Mario and I will be teaming up again to shake up the East side at HeartBeat House Dance Studio in Atwater Village from 5:30pm to 7pm to bring you the best in AfroBrazilian Orixa music and dance!

You don’t want to miss this 1x a month specialty workshop that I will be offering at our beloved HBH dance studio.

Pre-Register for Early Discount of $20. $25 Drop In.

Discount Offer! If you attend both classes at the Electric Lodge & Heartbeat House Dance Studio, receive your AfroCaribe Dance Class 1/2 Off!

Visit the Workshop Page for full details on other upcoming workshops.

Holiday Danceletter 2013

Dear Beloved Dance Community,

Let’s give thanks for an abundant year of music, dance, and culture! It’s been an extraordinary year of connection, travel, and expansion. In dance, there is always room to grow and opportunities to discover new things – and so we did.

In our dance classes we transported ourselves. We played with time and dared to be courageous enough to step into the unknown. Learning new dance steps can be scary! But, we danced anyway trusting that the process would be challenging at times. All along knowing that the rewards of feeling our bodies move in ways we didn’t know were possible would be worth the discipline it took to set us free.

We stepped it up! We took our practice to the next level. We grew exponentially and became freer because of it. I hope we can all agree that this year’s dance classes brought clearly the lesson that profound freedom comes from the structure and discipline required in refining technique. Years ago, my revered ballet teacher, Josie Walsh instilled this concept to me in her teachings and I finally get it! Incorporating more discipline and structure in all areas of my life has brought me greater happiness and freedom.

I am grateful to dance for pushing my boundaries and comfort zones in ways that keep my mind, body, and spirit flexible and agile. Dancing keeps me on my toes and makes life’s uncharted territories less daunting.  Life becomes an adventure opening my eyes to greater possibilities.

Warm Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season! We have so much dancing to look forward to in 2014!

Check out my New online dance classes on coming Dec 24th! Also, the anticipated release of my 5th Dance DVD “Latin Groove Let’s Dance” launches in Europe! I’ve also included a look at some highlights from 2013!