HEDWIG DANCES VIRTUAL DANCE CLASSES - AfroCuban, Salsa, Modern, & Stretching/Strengthening

May 4, 2020 @ 10:30AM — July 31, 2020 @ 7:00PM

FOR ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE: You have four opportunities to have fun and learn: 1) AfroCuban on Mondays and Saturdays with Olivia Gonzalez. 2) Salsa on Tuesdays and Fridays with Jessie Gutierrez. 3) Stretching/Strengthening on Thursdays with Rigo Saura. 4) FOR INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED: You are welcome to explore Contemporary dance on Wednesdays with Rigo Saura. A minimum of $5 payment is required for each class. For those who can, you may add a donation over and above that $5 for each class, keeping in mind that $15 is the usual fee for an hour long class. Your payment and hoped-for donation helps Hedwig Dances survive these difficult times, and provides our teachers with important income-producing work.

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Hedwig Dances invites dancers and movers of all levels of expertise. We're offering classes for everyone as follows:

Weekly classes begin Monday May 4th and end on Friday July 31st, 2020.

Monday AfroCuban Class | 10:30 am - 11:30 am | Instructor: Olivia Gonzalez

Tuesday Cuban Salsa Class | 12 pm - 1 pm | Instructor: Jessie Gutierrez

Wednesday Modern | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Instructor: Rigo Saura

Thursday Stretching/Strengthening Class | 9:30 - 10:30 am | Instructor: Rigo Saura

Friday Cuban Salsa Class | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Instructor: Jessie Gutierrez

Saturday AfroCuban Class 2:30 - 3:30 pm | Instructor: Olivia Gonzalez


More information about class and instructors below:

MONDAY at 10:30 am & SATURDAY at 2:30 pm - Afro-Cuban Class All Levels:

Olivia will demonstrate the basic steps of these ethnic dances, which are rhythmic and energetic, but also fun, and transport you to the past as you learn their history. Basic Afro-Cuban dance includes the movement of shoulders, arms, legs and hips. Each class will begin with basics, building upon those movements to create more elaborate phrases and further improve coordination.

These dances arose in Cuba during the 15th and 16th centuries, as the slave trade between Africa and Cuba continued, and are based on the worship of forest deities and belief in natural powers. We will work on the Arara and Congo cycles, moving into the dances of the Palo, Yuka and Makuta.

Women may wear a skirt and sport shoes to support the movement. Chanting and drums are an integral part of the experience.

Olivia Gonzalez graduated from the National School of Art in Havana, Cuba. Following graduation, she danced for four years with Retazos Dance Theater where she participated in many international festivals in Canada, Uruguay and the United States, and performed in Transits – Havana, an international dance collaboration between Sweden and Cuba. Currently, Olivia dances with Concert Dance, Inc. and Hedwig Dances. Olivia joined Hedwig Dances in 2018.

TUESDAY at 12pm and FRIDAY at 6pm - Cuban Salsa Class – All Levels:

Jessie will introduce the basic footwork of Cuban Salsa. As classes progress she will expand upon the information, as students learn footwork, body isolations, musicality and turns as well as arm styling to complement their dancing.

Here's the good news: you don't need a partner to learn or dance salsa. A great advantage of this dance is that you can dance salsa as an individual OR with a partner. It's both.

Jessie Gutierrez is a Cuban-born dancer. She studied at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Arte – National School of Art in Havana, during which time she participated in Holland’s Its International Theatre School Festival. In 2002, she performed with Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, touring to England, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, Hong Kong, Mexico, Austria and Hungary. She became a principal dancer in 2006 and worked with internationally recognized choreographers Jan Linkens, Cathy Marston, Rafael Bonachela, Carlos Junior Acosta, Samir Akika, Luca Bruni and Kenneth Kvarnström. Upon moving to Chicago, Jesse started performing with Hedwig Dances.

WEDNESDAY at 1:00 pm - Contemporary Class - Intermediate to Advanced Levels:

Rigo will facilitate students’ focus on intrinsic connections between body and mind, establishing a kinetic, intuitive interface between impulse and its expression through movement.

His class is based on three structures: physical conditioning, floor work and movement development. He combines a technical repertoire that includes floor work, low-flying movement and contact improvisation to develop a “movement melody” that navigates in and out of the floor in the same sequence.

Rigoberto Fernandez Saura graduated from Havana’s Escuela Nacional de Cuba and the Instituto Superior de Arte with a degree in dance. He danced as a soloist with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (2008-2012) and served as a professor of dance at the National School of Contemporary Dance in Havana. He moved to Ecuador in 2013 where he danced as a soloist in the National Ballet of Ecuador and served as choreographic assistant to Pepe Hevia. Mr. Fernandez Saura was composition master in the Metropolitan School of Ecuador and choreographed performances for Ecuador’s Urban Ballet. He recently moved to Chicago where he dances with Hedwig Dances and teaches at the Ruth Page School of Dance.

THURSDAY at 9:30am – Stretching/Strengthening Class - For All Levels:

In this stretching and strengthening workout class, instructor Rigo Saura will lead you in movements designed to relieve muscle tensions and loosen tight joints. You can improve body health and well-being through this well-structured series of movements that will focus on the breath as your inner source of power, while providing strength and flexibility. Movers and dancers of all levels, beginners and beyond, will benefit from this class.

Rigoberto Fernandez Saura graduated from Havana’s Escuela Nacional de Cuba and the Instituto Superieur de Arte with a degree in dance. He danced as a soloist with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (2008-2012) and served as a professor of dance at the National School of Contemporary Dance in Havana. He moved to Ecuador in 2013 where he danced as a soloist in the National Ballet of Ecuador and served as choreographic assistant to Pepe Hevia. Mr. Fernandez Saura was composition master in the Metropolitan School of Ecuador and choreographed performances for Ecuador’s Urban Ballet. He recently moved to Chicago where he dances with Hedwig Dances and teaches at the Ruth Page School of Dance.