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Beginner – requires introductory to no prior experience with Afro-Cuban music and rhythms.
Intermediate – requires previous knowledge and experience playing/singing Afro-Cuban music and rhythms. Participants are expected to know and feel comfortable executing Afro-Cuban concepts like son clave, guaguanco clave, seis por ocho (12 bell), tresillo, and cinquillo. An intermediate student should have a strong sense of pulse, solid timing, good conga and batá technique (for appropriate percussion classes), good music reading skills (for Hilario’s classes), and good stick chops (if playing timbales and drum set). Intermediate could also be someone with years of experience playing non-Cuban styles who picks up new material quickly.
Advanced – requires many years experience playing/singing and/or performing Afro-Cuban music with an excellent set of skills listed in the intermediate level.
Beginner – requires introductory to no prior experience with Afro-Cuban dance.
Intermediate – requires previous knowledge and experience with Afro-Cuban dance. Participants should have a strong sense of pulse, solid timing, and be familiar with basic steps used in folkloric (Orisha, Rumba) and/or popular (Son, Salsa) styles. Intermediate could also be someone with years of dance experience in non-Cuban styles who picks up new material quickly.
Advanced – requires many years experience and/or performing Afro-Cuban dance. The standard in Cuba is demonstrating the ability to clap or sing clave while you dance popular styles. For Orisha dance, you should be familiar with the bembe/guiro step, other fundamental steps, and be able to sing coro while you dance. An advanced dancer can keep up in an extremely fast-paced, high energy environment.
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