Saturday, December 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, Main (blue building)
Rooms 1 & 2 (6532 Phinney Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103-5257)
Welcoming & sign in: 11:30 (15 mins)
Body Conditioning for Dancers: 11:45am – 12:45pm (1 hour – experienced dancers only)
Break (15 mins)
Cuban Dance Styling: 1:00 – 1:55pm (55 mins – intermediate and experienced dancers)
Body Conditioning for Dancers: This bodily training draws upon Maiensy’s experience as a dancer: her method. It is open to all levels; you can adjust the degree of challenge to your personal practice. Maiensy offers a well-crafted technique with which to approach anything Cuban, from the social to the sacred. For beginner dancers, this can mean to discover the full potential of your body in a new way, and to begin developing a sound Cuban vocabulary. For experienced dancers, this is a gate to a deeper conversation with yourself and your sense of physicality. You may wear slippers, socks, non-marking flexible shoes, or dance barefoot.
Cuban Dance Styling: Open to intermediate and experienced dancers. Borrowing from son, casino, timba, rumba and the African-Cuban sacred practices, it focuses on key body parts (namely shoulders, neck, arms, pelvis, hips, knees and feet). Low heels and heel-less, non-traction shoes are best.
One workshop: $20 pre-registered, $25 at door; Two Workshops: $30 pre-registered, $35 at door; Cash or check only, please. Pre registers via clicking Join on the FB invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/635811373265928/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1480542969356349
What to bring: an open heart and comfortable clothing
“Dance allows us to feel welcomed and loved, from a place of warmth as personal and familiar as our names, beyond islands and continents, beyond politics, beyond the most provocative of words. Dance challenges our elemental understandings and invites us to enter ungraspable realities. Dance is as nurturing as it is daring: a reminder of the endless possibilities inherent to our greater sense of belonging.” Maiensy Sanchez
Born and raised in Cuba, Maiensy has always danced as one of her ways to experience and express the beauty, vastness and magnetic power of her cultural origins. She has received training in flamenco, classical ballet, jazz, modern dance, and West African dance. Growing up in a family of artists, she began studying piano at age 6 in her hometown, Camagüey. Her 13 years of professional music training includes two years of musical composition studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in La Habana.
With more than 20 years of experience, Maiensy learned the art of teaching from her third dad, Fernando Alonso, one of the founders of the Cuban National Ballet, and the creator of the internationally celebrated method known as the Cuban School of ballet. She began her teaching career at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores (TEC) de Monterrey in Mexico, where she created and taught a Latin American music and dance curriculum for the International Programs department. In 1999, she moved to Seattle, eventually graduating magna cum laude with honors in anthropology from the University of Washington. Her work as a dance instructor, choreographer and performer contributed to the development of the first Seattle community with a genuine interest in two of the most significant sources of Cuban cultural expression: its music and its dance.
Maiensy acknowledges her ancestral legacies, grateful to the elders and teachers whose wisdom, timely insights, loving support and trust contributed to her preparation and growth. She is grateful to one of her dear mentors and personal friend, master Roberto Borrell, for her participation at the New Orleans International Ballet Conference as Borrell’s assistant, and to local Seattle venues which have welcomed her work throughout the years as a performer and choreographer, including Benaroya Hall and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. She extends a heartfelt gratitude to all the communities and people around the world who have opened and continue to open their doors to her work, which deepest motivation is her calling to service. She enjoys her life as a teacher, dancer, musician, writer, yogini (200-hours YTT from Mount Madonna Center, California) and shamanic practitioner.