At the Acosta Dance Foundation, we are dedicated to placing women and girls at the forefront of our work. Introducing our newest dance program, “Cuban Goddess,” curated by Damarys Farres. This program expands upon her signature work, “110% Cubana – Authenticity & Sabor,” and focuses on five key aspects to enhance women’s lives and well-being in the community:
- Body confidence
- Self-awareness & self-acceptance
- Balancing career and motherhood
- Gender empowerment & diversity
- Autonomy and equality
The Foundation is committed to providing a space exclusively for women to unwind, and cultivate self-compassion, empathy, and empowerment through dance. This program is designed for women looking to enhance their dance ability, knowledge, self-confidence, posture, musicality, styling, flow, finesse, and attitude on the dance floor.
The workshop will include the following main aspects:
- Improving your Salsa, Rumba, and Afro-Cuban flow.
- Enhancing body isolations and posture through a combination of Cuban dance styles.
- Boosting your confidence on the dancefloor.
Join us in putting women and girls centre stage through “Cuban Goddess” at the Acosta Dance Foundation.
Meet your teacher Damarys Farres: Damarys is the Director and sole founder of D’CubanSchool. Ambassador of Cuban Dance and Culture in the UK. The creator of GODDESS-Connect with your inner-self initiative and EN-FAMILIA Project.
Damarys is a knowledgeable, passionate dancer, choreographer, teacher, promoter and researcher of the Cuban and Afro-Cuban cultural dance forms and rhythms. These include Salsa, Son, Rumba, Yoruba, Bantu, Arara, and Reggaeton, among other genres.
She was the first female Cuban artist to provide structured Cuban dance rhythm courses in the UK. She was the first solo Cuban Artist to organise independent Cuban cultural events involving Cuban artists in the UK, hence our slogans “110% Cubano” – “110% Genuine Cuban!”
Her passion for her culture and Cuban dance, mainly traditional and Afro-Cuban dance, is her main motive for founding The Cuba School of Arts – The Home of Cuban Culture and Arts in the UK. Damarys now share her knowledge and experience with the Acosta Dance Foundation and helps to further the understanding of Cuban culture as part of the Foundation’s aims.
What to wear & ADF studio rules:
- Please remember that there will be rehearsals and another class in the studio outside your scheduled rehearsal/class, so please make sure everything is cleared away each day before leaving.
- Please don’t leave anything in the studios when you are not there.
- Attire for the Cuban Goddess classes should be loose and comfortable to allow a full range of movement. We also recommend wearing ballet slippers (demi-pointe ballet shoes). Socks are not allowed. No outdoor shoes or trainers when rehearsing are to be worn in the studios. Either ballet shoes or bare feet are acceptable (unless otherwise stated).
- You cannot use any electrical equipment onsite unless our technical team has first checked it, there is equipment in the studio to play music etc.
- Please don’t put anything on the piano or the fireplace (studios 1& 2). Do not move or sit on the piano.
- No food or drink is allowed in the studios, except water in plastic bottles with a secure cap.
- No high heels are allowed.
- No smoking.
- No rosin. No talcum powder.
- When leaving, turn off all sound equipment and lights.
If you find a rehearsal area is in a condition that is cause for concern, i.e. damaged or needs cleaning, please report this to the reception or a member of the ADC staff.