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Maestros y Raíces
A series of master workshops by visiting teachers

We are excited to bring back some master dance teachers in 2024!

Part 1 of the series will be taught by Emilio Hernandez González from March 1-4.


Part 2 of the series will be taught by Danys"La Mora"Perez Prades from May 2-5.


More teachers and details coming soon.
Each session is $30. Pre-pay with PayPal below or pay at the door. Space is limited, so prior registration is recommended. No refunds. Email with any questions. Thank you!

Part II

May 2-5, 2024 with La Mora

Dates and times subject to change.


Afro-Cuban Folkloric

Class at:
1901 San Pablo Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94702

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Afro-Cuban Folkloric


Class at:

Zaccho Dance Theatre

1777 Yosemite Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94124

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Afro-Cuban Folkloric




Class at:

Dance Mission

3316 24th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

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Afro-Cuban Folkloric


Class at:

Mission Cultural Center

2868 Mission Street
​San Francisco, CA 94110

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Danys “La Mora” Perez

Originally from Santiago de Cuba, Danys “La Mora” Perez is an internationally renowned master of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance. Her special experise as dancer, teacher, dance ethnologis, and choreographer is the unique styles of her native region of the Oriente province of Eastern Cuba. Oriente attributes its rich cultural heritage to the infusion of Afro-Haitian influences to an already vibrant Afro-Cuban context. Perez began training at an early age with Afro-Cuban and Afro-Haitian dance ensembles. At 13, she was asked to join the renowned national folkloric ballet company, Cutumba, and tourned internationally with the company for 18 year. In 1994, she was evaluated and was granted the designation of primera bailarina and primera profesora byh the National Dance Commission in Cuba, and has taught out side of Cuba – in Italy, Spain, France, Canada, and the US.

Einar Leliebre Nuñez

has been a lead musician with the esteemed company Danza del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba since 2003. He also plays and sings with Obbatuke, Grupo Barracón (by Luca Brandoli), has collaborated with Oyu Oro (led by Danys "La Mora" Perez) in New York, CubaCaribe and Alayo Dance Company in San Francisco, Manana Cuba in Cuba, England, Spain and Scotland and many more. He has participated in many national festivals such as the Olorun Festival, the Romerías de Mayo, the Jornada de la Cultura Iberoamericana, as well as national tours. He  performs (singing and percussion) for events and remotely and teaches individual or group instruction in song and drumming. He is versed in the Folkloric music of Cuba, Rumba, religious music, and experimental collaborations with electronic and jazz styles. Einar recently contributed to the album “A Romper Al Coco” (Alain Perez, Alexander Abreu, Mayito Rivera) & to a production by playwright Aimee Suzara, The Real Sappho, with Cutting Ball Theater. He also teaches children percussion at Bay Area schools and adults at La Peña Cultural Center.

Part I

March 1-4, 2024 with Emilio Gonzalez

Ellegua, Ochun, Palo/Makuta, Oya, Yemaya, Oggun, Shango

Emilio Hernandez González

Emilio Hernandez González is a master dancer, choreographer and teacher born in Cuba. He was a dancer with Ibeyis de Merceditas Valdés, Bailarín de la Compañia Pinos Nuevos, a soloist with Ballet Folklorico Orisha Oko and dancer and choreographer with the famous Havana Folkloric dance company, Raices Profundas. He received the Ramiro Guerra 2016 prize for the best interpretacion of Folkoric dance and the prize of the Nacional de Coreografía de la Union Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC) 2019. He has also been a judge and teacher in International festivals in Ecuador, Chile, México, France and the United States. He recently immigtated to Miami from Havana, Cuba and is teaching Afro-Cuban Folklore.
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