World-renowned Cuban Dancer Coming to Corvallis to Teach Workshops On October 19

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Aramis Pazos-Barrera (Havana, Cuba) will be in Corvallis, Ore. offering three incredible dance workshops in Cuban folkloric and popular dances, such as Cuban Salsa. The October 19 event is sponsored by Rumbanana Salsa Group (Corvallis, Ore.) and is an opportunity for the community to learn dance from one of the best instructors in the world.

For one weekend only, Aramis Pazos-Barrera (Havana, Cuba) will be in Corvallis, Ore. offering three incredible dance workshops in Cuban folkloric and popular dances, such as Cuban Salsa. This is an opportunity for the community to learn dance from one of the best instructors in the world.

Dance workshops will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 12:30 - 5 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in Corvallis (223 SW 2nd St.).

Cost per workshop is $15 or $40 for all three. The workshop weekend is being sponsored by internationally recognized, Rumbanana Casino Salsa Group.

Workshop times and details

  •     12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Rueda de Casino: Fun, easy motions from Cuba (adv. Beginner and up). Aramis will teach cool, easy to learn moves people can add immediately into their called wheels (rueda). These are motions he has done in Cuba and are some of his favorites.
  •     2 – 3:15 p.m. Afro Cuban for Non Cubans (all levels). Afro Cuban/folkloric movements are a central element in the culture of Cuba and to today’s popular social dances. But for non-Cubans, these motions can be difficult. Aramis specializes in how to teach these motions to non-Cubans and incorporate the body movement into social dances.
  •     3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Cuban Rumba: Basics and how to add them into social dancing (intermediate and up). Rumba is an incredible Cuban dance that adds an extra richness to social dancing. Aramis will teach some of the basics of the three styles of Rumba and how to incorporate them into dances like Cuban Salsa.

Registration is required to reserve a spot in the workshops. Complete details are at rumbanana.org/aramis.html.

About Aramis Pazos-Barrera
Pazos-Barrera has an extensive career as a professional dancer, performer and instructor. He is a graduate of the National School of the Arts in Cuba with a degree in both Modern and Afro-Cuban Folkloric dance. He has been dancing professionally for more than 20 years. While in Cuba, he apprenticed with both the National Dance Company of Cuba and the National Folkloric Company before touring internationally with Ballet Tropicana. For eight years, he choreographed and produced musicals and Caberet shows in Mexico, and was a soloist and assistant choreographer for “Jarocho,” an international touring production under the direction of Richard Neon – assistant director of Riverdance. He has performed with Robert Moses Kin, and taught Afro-Cuban, Modern, Folklore and popular dances while directing his company, Latin Cabaret Productions. Pazos-Barrera acted and danced under the direction of Neri Torres, choreographer to Gloria Estefan, in her production, “Musical de la Rumba,” in Miami. He was a guest artist at SUNY-Brocksport and International University in Vermont. Currently he teaches classes and workshops on the East Coast, and is a dancer, lead singer and director of the Cuban band, “Timba Street,” in Washington D.C.

About Rumbanana
Rumbanana Casino Salsa Team is an internationally recognized group that promotes Cuban music and dance. The team specializes in Rueda de Casino – a popular dance of Cuba – as well as Cuban Salsa. The team’s official home is Corvallis, Ore., one of the hotspots in the world for Cuban dance. In addition to performance, the team offers community classes and workshops, as well as hosts special events, such as bringing world-renowned instructors to Oregon. Complete details about the team are available at rumbanana.org.

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