Baba Richard González talks about teaching dance

The leader of the Afro-Caribbean program at the Wula Retreat is Baba Richard Gonzalez. We've been lucky to have him teaching at the Retreat for many years. His classes include many different Afro-Diasporic dances, including Cuban, Haitian, and Puerto Rican.

Baba Richard Gonzalez is a professional dancer from Puerto Rico, specializing in traditional dance from Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. His educational background includes Katherine Dunham technique and Haitian folklore at the New York City based studios Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and at Steps on Broadway. Mr. Gonzalez is founder of the award-winning OCHUMARE Dance Ensemble. He tours extensively, teaching, and performing throughout the United States and the Caribbean, including the Colorado Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Omega Institute, and the New Orleans African Heritage Dance Festival at Tulane University. His commitment to the rich traditions of the Caribbean fuels his passion for documenting Afro-Caribbean dances and ensuring their preservation through performance and education. He is a priest in the Regla de Ocha de los Lucumí, a position that informs his research into both the ritual and the secular dances of the Caribbean.

Baba Gonzalez is recognized world wide as one of the most prominent master teachers of Afro-Caribbean folkloric dance.

See Wula Faculty Valerie Naranjo Perform in NYC on Aug 18th

See Wula Faculty Valerie Naranjo Perform in NYC on Aug 18th

"We will intersperse my favorite Native American songs with traditional Gyil wonders, and fusions of the two and beyond. FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th 8 and 9:30PM
(two sittings, although I’m sure that you can stay for the 2nd if you are at at the 1st)
Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street NYC (close to the A and D train stops)
212-989-9319 for reservations (which are highly recommended, since the house sold out last year)"
 

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New York Public Library Interview with new faculty: Marie Basse Wiles

 New York Public Library Interview with new faculty: Marie Basse Wiles

We are thrilled to bring Senegal into the West African mix at the Retreat. We are lucky to have a highly respected teacher of this style with us, Marie Basse Wiles. Watch this interview for the New York Public Library Digital Collections to really get an understanding of where Marie is coming from, and how lucky we are to get a chance to study with her.

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Retreat Faculty Valerie Dee Naranjo discusses women in percussion and more

Retreat Faculty Valerie Dee Naranjo discusses women in percussion and more

For many years, retreaters have enjoyed learning the Ghanaian Gyil from one of the foremost Gyil experts in the Western world. We've all seen her jaw-dropping performances at the Saturday Night Concert each year at the Retreat, and we all know her insane resume: playing weekly on Saturday Night Live, Broadway shows, film scores, teaching at New York University, and so much more. 

During all this commercial work, she finds time to write, record, and perform the music she is passionate about as well. As one of the top percussionists around, Valerie is a great role model for women and girls in music. In this interview - from her website mandaramusic.com - Valerie discusses her teachers in West Africa, and being a women in the drumming business.

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New Faculty! World Class percussionist Shane Shanahan to teach frame drumming and more...

New Faculty! World Class percussionist Shane Shanahan to teach frame drumming and more...

World class percussionist Shane Shanahan is a member of the renowned, Grammy-Nominated Silk Road Ensemble. Led by Yo-Yo Ma (one of the world's greatest cellists), the ensemble tours around the world, bringing people of different cultures and languages together through the power of music. This is exactly the purpose of the Wula Drum and Dance Retreat, and we are happy to have Shane teaching with us in 2016!

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