Meet the Instructor Series: Yoerlis Brunet Arencibia

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

Hometown: Santiagero

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.

 

Beginnings

 

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.

 

Teaching

 

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.

 

Thoughts on Dancing

 

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.

 

Vamos*Cuba Dance Holiday

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?

A: Self-confidence.

 

 

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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