Nadia Issa

fridays 1pm EDT / AfroCuban folklore (yoruba) / orisha dance technique

AfroCuban Folklore (Yoruba) / Orisha Dance or Folklórico (Yoruba) AfroCubano, is a dance tradition of the Regla de Ocha-Ifá religious practice. This class will provide and guide movers through gaining a strong understanding and technical skill of the dances and rhythms of the Orishas to the complex Batá percussion rhythms, as well as Güiro rhythms. Through the AfroCuban rhythms of the Yoruba/Lukumí practice, this course aims to connect the body in the movements of the Afrikan influences and traditions of Cuba and to the Orishas. Aché!

Artist Biography

Nadia identifies as a Afro-Dominicanx and Lebanese, Queer Artist-Academic. Nadia recently graduated from Hampshire College where they studied Dance, African(a) Studies and Anthropology and will be attending Harvard
Divinity School in the Fall of 2020. Nadia has received training from and performed in dance works by William McLaughlin, Sheryl Thomas, Cristal Brown, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Vincent Hardy, Heidi Cruz, Princess Mhoon, Bronwen MacArthur, Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, Bebe Miller, Bárbara Balbuena, Yeniselt Galata Calvo, Eva Despaigne-Trujillo and Obini Batá, Camille A. Brown and Emilio Hernández González of the company Raíces Profundas to name a few. Nadia’s dance choreography has been shown at Boston University, Hampshire College and Havana, Cuba. Nadia is all about cultivating art and research that challenges and dismantles white supremacy. Nadia continues to work through the lens of Traditions and Religions of Afrikan origin, Survival, Blackness and the Black Caribbean Diaspora within dance and written works. Nadia recognizes that dance is a embodied tool of ritual and resistance in their research and training. Through dance and ethnographic research, Nadia has been able to navigate and communicate Blackness, queerness and the sacred.

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