Afro-cuban dance legend, Elena Garcia, teaches Master Class series

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Cuban folklore dancer Elena Garcia
Teaches invigorating Master Class series

Miami--- Elena Garcia, world-renowned Afro-Cuban choreographer, dancer and instructor offers a four-day Master Class to New World School of the Arts [NWSA] high  Elena Garcia, renowned Afro-Cuban choreographer and dancer, accompanied by drummer Ignacio Nuñez, teaches a Master Classschool students. The goal of these exhilarating dance sessions is to expose the young talents at NWSA to world dance technique as preparation for the World Dance Celebration show that launches the NWSA Dance Season. Known as the leading authority in this dance genre, Garcia is scheduled to offer additional master classes on Tuesday, September 29 and Tuesday, October 6, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the NWSA Dance Studio, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami.

Through the approval of the division’s dean, Daniel Lewis and on the bequest from associate professor, senior Peter London, Elena Garcia, Founder and Artistic Director of Miami’s leading Afro-Cuban dance companies and specialist in Afro-Cuban dance, includes full historical information about the various Orishas retained in the religion of Santeria brought there by the Yoruba people of Nigeria, during her master class presentations. “Students are learning the dance and music of Eleggua, Oshun, Yemaya, Shango and the secular forms of Rhumba and ‘Guagranco’,” informs London, “this workshop  is in preparation for a new Afro-Caribbean dance  I am creating for  forty-five students,  and which will be featured in many of the  schools up-coming performances.”

Artistic Director of Iroko Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble, Garcia holds a degree in Modern Dance and Cuban Folklore from the National School of the Arts of Cuba. She was a company member of the prestigious Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. Her style is very unique with a Latin twist combined with various ethnic and contemporary forms of movement.  Garcia’s international credits include working as an instructor, dancer and choreographer in Spain, Germany, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. After relocating to South Florida, she founded the Iroko Afro-Cuban Dance Theater, presenting full seasons of performances and outreach programs in South Florida for seven years. Ms. Garcia has been commissioned to choreograph for numerous artists and companies including a Lambada piece for Fernando Bujones’ presentation in Miami in 1990, numerous presentations of Latin diva Albita including the video “Azucar pa’ tu amargura”, and several plays for the Prometeo Theater.

Since 2001, Elena Garcia serves as Adjunct Faculty of African Diaspora, Caribbean and Modern Dance at Florida International University and the New World School of the Arts. She collaborates with ArtSpring where she created the program “Raices” to teach creative art and movement to the Latino population at the Broward Correctional Institution.

About Master classes: As part of its conservatory-style training, NWSA brings numerous Guests Artists every year, to perform and work side by side with student actors, musicians, dancers and visual artists. These “masters” offer invaluable advice and technique that enable the young talents to polish their skills and gives them the opportunity to experience artistic styles and of view from around the world. The next Dance Master Class at NWSA, which focuses on native-American dance, will be offered by Larry Yazzie, the week of October 5 to 9.

About NWSA: New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through these educational partnerships NWSA’ audition-based dance program, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, offers the high school diploma and four-year BFA and BM college degree. Areas of concentration in Dance include Ballet, Choreography, Modern Dance, and World Dance.

For more information about the Dance division at New World School of the Arts, please call: 305-237-3582.
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Photo caption – Elena Garcia, renowned Afro-Cuban choreographer and dancer, accompanied by drummer Ignacio Nuñez, teaches a Master Class to high school students at New World School of the Arts.