This post is part of a series to introduce our amazing dance instructors. This week we meet Yoerlis Brunet Arencibia.
Name: Yoerlis Brunet Arencibia
Age: 45 years old
Job Title: Professor
Yoerlis started dancing when he was 16 years old. That is 29 years of experience! He became interested in dance thanks to the choreography of Sulkary* – He was drawn to the fusion of modern dance and folk dance.
*Sulkary was created by Eduardo Rivero in 1971.
Q: How did you know you wanted to pursue dancing?
A: I always had the intuition physical
Q: What training have you had?
A: I am self-taught. In 1990, I took part in an experimental workshop with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba (DCC). I was in a group Omo* Folkloric performance with DCC. The director of DCC, Miguel, chose me to be a member of the DCC. That was when I was 21. I’ve been a member of DCC since.
*Omo Ache is an organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and educating the public about the richness of Cuban dance.
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I have been a professor from the start, so more than 20 years.
Q: What made you want to teach?
A: I always liked to give classes. I knew that by giving classes, I would also improve.
Q: What styles do you teach?
A: I teach Modern and Contemporary dance. I also teach Folkloric and Afro-Cuban dance.
Q: Why do you love dance?
Because it feeds my spirit
Q: What do you think of Cuban dance today?
A: It is in a good position globally, thanks to the technique and passion of the dancers
Q: What projects do you have planned for the future?
A: To be a millionaire.
Q:Describe a typical lesson.
A: I always try to teach the student the rhythm. I have them listen and understand the music. After that the basic steps, we teach Cuban Salsa (casino) and also popular dances such as son, cha cha, rumba
Q: What advice would you give travelers who are nervous about going on a dance holiday?
Now that you’ve met Yoerlis, stay tuned to meet his assistants in the coming weeks. See you in the studio!
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