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Cuba: Roots, Culture, and Rhythm

  • City: Havana
  • Term: Spring
  • Instruction in: English

Since the transatlantic slave trade, Africans have contributed to the cultural landscape of Cuba. This 3-week, 3-credit course takes an interdisciplinary approach in examining three areas of focus: The deep roots of Cuban popular music and dance; how the spiritual practices of the Yoruba, Haitian and Congo peoples would contribute to the evolution of musical, dance and art practices of Cubans, especially those of AfroCuban heritage; and how these practices have shaped ideas around race and identity, historically and in the present.

As an extension of class sessions, a variety of excursions are planned for the student learning experience in Havana. Some of the excursions will include a visit to Revolution Square, Jose Martí Memorial, Museo de Bellas Artes, Regla, and Casa de Africa with a didactic Afro-Cuban Show.

There is a dance component to this program. No prior dance or music experience is required;  however, students are required to engage in the physical component of the course.

The program leader and instructor will be Associate Professor of Dance, Robin Wilson.