Cultural Fusion Dance Classes

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NEW BRUNSWICK — Raices Cultural Center, a central New Jersey-based nonprofit dedicated to preserving cultural roots through music, dance, song, visual arts and history, now offers weekly dance classes and music lessons to the general public.

The current class cycle focuses on the folkloric rhythms, dances, songs and chants of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Participants also learn the cultural and social history of each genre studied and are given resources to further their research and studies on the topics presented in class.

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Dance classes are currently offered in the folkloric and traditional dances of the Caribbean in a Cultural Fusion format, complete with live drums.  Classes are held every Saturday from 12-1 PM for children and 1-2 PM for adults. Group and private music lessons in percussion and melodic instruments can be scheduled upon registration.

All Raices Cultural Center programming “speaks to Caribbean Latino culture that is necessary for historic, artistic, folkloric and cultural continuance of awareness from that part of the world,” explains Raices Co-Director Francisco G. Gomez. Classes offered at the Hub Teen Center fulfill part of Raices Cultural Center’s educational component. Many students who currently attend classes became interested in studying these cultural art forms upon seeing the Raices Cultural Center Ensemble’s prior educational performances.

Youth who participate in Raicitas classes learn a cultural art form as well as develop their understanding of dance, music and physical education, focus, public presentation, confidence, commitment and discipline. Students demonstrating dedication and interest are further cultivated through performance opportunities, master classes and Raices sponsored field trips to cultural events.

More information about Raices Cultural Center is available online at www.raicesculturalcenter.org.


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