The Orishas dances are a part of the Afro-Cuban Folklore dances. For many Cubans Orishas are much more than just a dance, it’s a religion and a culture. Orishas are the gods of the Yoruba/Santeria Religion (and a few more). Each of these gods looks a certain way, it has a story and a character. Religious ceremonies are a spectacle as the practitioners attempt to portray one of the Orishas through dancing it.
In addition to the story behind each orisha, nine of them have each a unique dance corresponding to unique musical incantations accompanied by special drums beats played on the Batá.
Yemaya is the Orisha of the Sea and is the mother of many Orishas. Both of these aspects are well connected – She has a side that is calm, confident, strong, and caring. But when angered she can be similar to a rough storm in the sea.
The yemaya dance has a lot of flow, and the same sense of calmness, confidence, and strength. Her movements are often considered standard for Timba freestyle both for men and women.
Who is it for?
No previous experience is needed in any dance. That said, the Orishas dances tend to require some previous experience in dance and to be comfortable with isolation and movement.
If Salsa is your first dance, six months of practice is recommended at least.
Ido is an avid Cuban Salsa and Folklore dancer. He started learning in Israel and continued his dancing educations with Cuban teachers in Europe and Cuba. Ido has been teaching for over 10 years and is known as a teacher with an eye for the details. He will provide you with a good technique while keeping it fun and casual. (more info here)
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