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About Kati Hernandez Cuban Dance

 Empowering and Healing through the rich Afro-Cuban Dance Diaspora.

 Kati Hernandez, Cuban Choreographer, dancer, educator. Provides a pioneering Online Cuban dance, music and art program.  A joyful endless celebration of Cuban Culture as a reflection of resilience, empowerment and healing. Committed to preserve and promote Afro-Cuban culture worldwide. Generating cross-cultural communities. Kati’s contagious uplifting energy and finesse style of teaching leads the way to a comprehensive Cuban dance and music journey suitable for a variety of skill levels. Her signature nationwide acclaimed program Orisha Dance Therapy is a language of expression through movements and rhythms  of the rich Afro-Cuban Dance diaspora. It combines the magic and flavor of Cuban Rumba and the graceful  dance and sound of traditional Cuban Son along with the funky sound of Timba and Groovy Cuban Salsa. As a facilitator, Kati exposes her students to an outstanding line up of world-renowned Cuban artists that generously share their vast knowledge during each friendly, fun Zoom class. Each class is created with a lot of passion. Bringing a program deeply rooted in Afro-Cuban Culture, inspired by you!

 Are you ready to spice up your dance?  Contact us today to learn more about the program.

                  *** Please note that Kati’s instruction is based on her ability to see your movements.  Therefore students are requested to keep the camera on during the sessions. Thank you for understanding.

AFRO-CUBAN 
Orisha Dance Therapy
  " Kati’s Signature Dance Program "

* Included in Dance pass

A language of expression, a reflection of resilience, empowerment and healing in community!

 
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Oricha Dance Therapy

Sunday, 11:30 AM - 1 PM PST
All levels welcome

Oricha dance therapy goes beyond physical movement - it is a way to celebrate life!  This class brings empowerment and healing through the Afro-Cuban dance diaspora, with the objective of preserving this rich tradition, brought to Cuba during the 17th century. Students will learn a wide range of dances from different ethnic groups (Yoruba, Ararà, Congo, Franco Haitian). Through choreography this class stimulates  awareness of the intimate  relationship between rhythms, sacred songs, and dance. Our weekly themes are enhanced by implementing non-traditional forms of therapy such as pilates, Qigong, Chromotherapy, and the healing power of sound and the voice, which are infused into the warm-up and cool-down to cultivate balance of mind, body, and spirit. Awaken the self-body power, the collective power, and the spiritual power with dances of the Afro-Cuban diaspora. Oricha Dance Therapy is a practice rooted in Cuban culture and inspired by you!

* Please note that Kati’s instruction is based on her ability to see your movements. Therefore students are requested to keep the camera on during the sessions. Thank you for understanding.

 

Special Orisha Therapy Sessions

The Guest Artists

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Cristina "La Tigresa" Lucio
 

Sunday 9/25, 11:30 AM PST

ONLINE Flamenco @ Oricha Therapy

*Part III of "Juntos Y Merging, Where do we Meet?" Program.

* Included in the Unlimited Pass.

*Zoom online class.

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Los Hermanos Arango
 

Sunday 10/2, 2:30 PM PST

ONLINE Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop

*Dance class taught by Kati Hernandez, accompanied by Los Hermanos Arango.

*Included in the Unlimited Pass.

*Zoom online class.

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Sunday 9/25, 11:30 AM PST

IN-PERSON Flamenco @ Oricha Therapy

*Part III of "Juntos Y Merging, Where do we Meet?" Program.

*In-Person class.

*Location: Soho Dance LA, 1618 Cotner Ave.

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Sunday 10/2, 2:30 PM PST

IN-PERSON Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop

*Dance class taught by Kati Hernandez, accompanied by Los Hermanos Arango. 

*In-Person class.

*Location: The Granada LA, 17th S. 1st Street.

 

Tuesday = Online Fundamentals
ZOOM in on Cuban Dance! 

* Included in the Unlimited and Dance Passes.

Are you ready to spice up your dance?

Join us!
Indulge yourself with the magic and strength of
Cuban Rumba and Afro-Cuban dances.

Are you ready to spice up your dance? For those looking to hone their Cuban Rumba and Afro-Cuban dance technique, or take their dance skills outside of the box and up a notch, Kati will take you on a comprehensive dance and music journey! Beginning with a warm up that focuses on Afro-Cuban body isolation exercises and musicality drills, students will be exposed to the various styles of rumba and Afro-Cuban traditions, while the intimate relationship between body movements, steps and music are highlighted. These classes weave musical and historical information to help you understand the close relationship between the rhythms, dance, and cultural aspects of these dances. Detailed music information will also be given to help expand your knowledge on the nuances that make this complex music and dance so full of grace and flavor. Kati teaches with passion and encouragement to help you achieve your dance goals and expand your knowledge of Cuban culture.

*** Please note that Kati’s instruction is based on her ability to see your movements. Therefore students are requested to keep the camera on during the sessions. Thank you for understanding.

 
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NEW Intro to Cuban Rumba!

Tuesday 5 PM PST, 6-Week Series

Dates: 9/20 through 10/25

Join Cuban choreographer and educator Kati Hernandez in a 6-week  course designed for the TRUE BEGINNER DANCER. You can expect a step by step introduction to Cuban Rumba with a comprehensive course syllabus that starts with 5 basic steps of Rumba, along with footwork, posture, body movement, and musicality drills. You will cultivate the INTENTION and nuances of movements to help you develop a more authentic form of expression on the dance floor. The class will weave cultural, and historical information about this graceful and powerful form of Cuban music and dance. Once marginalized, but now considered the pulse of Cuba, Rumba celebrates self-expression, joy, and resilience. Get it right from the start!

Cuban Rumba Fundamentals
(Beginner / Intermediate levels)

Tuesday 7:00 PM PST

Enhance your Rumba foundation! A comprehensive course dance for those new to Cuban Rumba or looking into honing their Cuban Rumba dance technique. Students will be exposed to the various styles of rumba—Guaguanco, Yambu and Columbia. Weaving Afro-Cuban body isolations and musicality drills. Guiding you to  develop your improvisation dance skills taking you out of just choreography and into the real-life application of this dance form!

Percussion & Song Track

 

Afro-Cuban Song & Percussion

New Dates & Times TBA

Afro-Cuban Traditional Percussion with a rotating guest list of renowned artists and percussionists.

A class designed for musicians and dancers alike. Regardless of your level you will always learn from this outstanding master percussionist.

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Wednesday: IN-PERSON
Afro - Cuban Dance Technique.

LOCATION: Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

4718 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

 
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Afro-Cuban Fundamentals
September 3-Week Series: Yemaya

Wednesday 7:30 PM PST

Dates: 9/7 - 9/14 - 9/28

Taking it back to basics, step-by-step, rhythm-by-rhythm! Build a holistic understanding of this complex genre through Kati's unique and approachable instruction. Focusing on the rhythms and dances of the oricha Yemaya from the Yoruba tradition.

 

This class is ONLY OFFERED IN-PERSON. 

Saturday's Cuban Groove!

* Included in Dance pass

* Please note that Kati’s instruction is based on her ability to see your movements. Therefore students are requested to keep the camera on during the sessions. Thank you for understanding.

 
 
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Ajiaco “Kati’s Cuban Dance Stew”
Your Saturday Morning Cuban Groove! 

Saturdays 11:30 AM PST
A blend of salsa with traditional rumba and Afro-Cuban rhythms (all levels, no partner required).

Start off your Saturday with... UNA BULLA!!! Get ready to shake it and get down a lo Cubano ( the Cuban way) 

 

This class is a tasty melting-pot of traditional and contemporary Cuban dances and rhythms blended together for a dose of morning fun, all under a weekly theme. Timba music, traditional Cuban dances, and Afro-Cuban body movements will be supported by a generous dose of information about Cuban music. You not only will  be having fun but filling up your brain and expanding your repertoire of Cuban dances. Kati covers well known traditional, popular cuban dances at the same time! Get ready to lift your spirit, sweat, learn and Start off your Saturday  with some laughter  while Kati occasionally shares her life anecdotes during the golden era of timba, and decodes some those double entendre in Cuban music! 

 

ConCLAVE - Musicality 4 Dancers:
Featuring a Rotating Line-up of
Renowned Cuban Artists!


Guest: John Santos
Date & Time: Saturday 9/24 @ 11:30 AM PST

"Spanish Influence in Cuban Music & Dance"
Part II of "Juntos Y Merging, Where do we Meet?"

 

Building the bridge to dancing inside Cuban music, as opposed to drifting on top of it. A class that unifies and supports Cuban arts communities around the globe.

Cuban choreographer and educator, Kati Hernandez, hosts and curates an informal, yet insightful, session on musicality for dancers. With the empathic mission to inspire and educate a worldwide online community of social dancers of all levels, dance professionals and Cuban culture lovers from all backgrounds.To help enhance their practice by elevating their knowledge and understanding of Cuban music. This friendly gathering of students, Kati's friends, experts of Cuban music  and mentors. Exposes participants to an outstanding line up of world-renowned musicians, composers, and music masters. Who generously share their vast knowledge, projects, and inspiring personal live anecdotes.  

  ConCLAVE comes together to support and promote the work of our musicians and music educators  during these harsh times. 

Find out all Guest Musicians We've Had.

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Casino Partnerwork
(Cuban salsa, Two levels.
No partner required!)

Saturdays

Level 1 (Beginner) @ 12:35 PM PST

Level 1.5 (Beginner / Intermediate) @ 1:45 PM PST


Build the basics of casino (Cuban salsa)!

Not a rueda class.

Kati teaches students the basic figures that are the foundation of casino, or Cuban style salsa. Perfect and build upon these moves, while also learning the correct technique to ensure a solid base.

Kati guides and  inspires students to have a more authentic, fluid dance communication with their partner on the dance floor and an unforced conversation with the music. 

 

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Cuban Dance Ensemble Track

 
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Want to join our company training classes?
contact:
kati@cubandanceonline.com