Cuban Afro-Fusion

When and Where

7 Nov 2020 - 5 Dec 2020 (5 hours, 5 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 11:30 - 12:30
Online Plus (Waterloo Centre)


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Homero Gonzales
Course code

What you will learn

Mixing dance and theatre, the Rumba and Orishas, originating in Nigeria, brought to Cuba during the transatlantic slave trade, and having also been shaped by a Spanish Influence has been preserved as part of a vibrant contemporary cultural expression.

Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the following learning outcomes. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e. progression to an advanced-level course.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Have learnt a range of Cuban and Afro Cuban dance techniques
  • Have explored a variety of Cuban rhythms to impact on movement and theatricality
  • Have discovered improvisation and cultural expression within this original medium
  • Have developed musicality and interpretation of the music and dance

Class format and activities

Mode of delivery: online plus, i.e attending in-person / face-to-face or via live-stream link-up. The maximum number of students in the studio has been capped to observe social distancing. Where the class exceeds capacity, live-stream for a number of classes will come into play via a rota system that allocates equal opportunity of face-to-face learning to all students. If otherwise maximum capacity is not met, students will have the choice, every session, to attend in person or online.

We will be using Microsoft Teams as our online platform for live-stream link-up.

For sessions when students will be participating in class remotely, via live-stream link-up – and thus joining fellow students located in-studio, you will be guided how to adapt studio-based exercises in order to participate effectively throughout the class.

Sessions will include a warm-up with a variety of Afro-Cuban body movements and a series of exercises to learn and practice rhythms and techniques in a fusion of styles, with music.
In order to ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor. The tutor will also set assessment activities involving student exchange of ideas and student self-assessment for all students.

Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

Entry requirements

Open to all - you will need an internet provider and computer or tablet fotr accessing this course online.

What you need to know before you enrol

Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required from all students. This course may include some completion of activities outside of class time e.g. preparation of favourite exercises to share with fellow students.

This course is open to all - from complete beginners to those with some basic previous experience.

Please consult your doctor if you are pregnant, have any serious health conditions or a history of injury. Please inform your tutor if there is any physical activity you have been advised to avoid.

Study can include the use of digital resources such as film & photography, useful websites and connection with online communities of interest via social media to enhance your learning.

Photography and film recording of class activities may be used in order to aid learning. These images may also be used for publicity or marketing materials produced by Morley College, both online and in print. You will have the opportunity to either confirm or decline consent to being filmed or photographed.

Dance study offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to increase fitness whilst enhancing wellbeing. Dance practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment by means of encouraging increased confidence, physical dexterity and concentration.

What you will need for your class

Please wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement. Have a glass or bottle of water to hand.

What you can do next

Continue to the next 'half-term' of Cuban Afro-Fusion. The Morley College dance department provides an exciting and diverse range of term-time and short course dance study provision. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a prospectus, look at our website or contact the dance department for more information: