Yamil was a lead dancer for 5 years with the professional Cuban company Ballet Folklorico Cutumba until he came to live in Scotland in March 2009. Prior to Cutumba, he danced with La Ceiba and Sangre y Tradicion as first dancer. He has performed Cuban popular and folkloric dances for over 20 years and has been teaching in Cuba and in Great Britain since 2007. He comes from Santiago de Cuba where the tradition of Afro-Cuban music and dance is still very much alive, and Cuban salsa, son and other popular dances such as chachacha are still to the fore. His teaching style is fun, energetic and creative.
Here is what Yamil had to say about his classes ...
What can dancers expect from your classes?
For Mature Latin Movers, they can expect energising dance moves because this class is a combination of Latin dance moves with some dance aerobic exercises. At the end of the class I hope they will feel recharged! For Afro-Cuban classes, my students can expect to learn a lot of different styles of Afro-Cuban movements and also get a good full body workout, with some slow and controlled movements along with more rapid steps. In both classes, the teaching will be literally step-by-step to build up a good repertoire of moves.
What do you love about teaching Afro-Cuban and Latin dance?
I love passing on my personal knowledge from years of performing and dancing professionally in these genres.
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What sort of music do you use in class?
For Afro- Cuban I like teaching with live percussion which is what we have in my classes, and for Mature Latin Movers I love using all Caribbean and Latin rhythms.