A Weekend with Airagdin Pavon “El Moro”

We are very lucky to be hosting one of Australia’s leading Cuban instructors next February for a weekend of workshops. Moro will be covering Cuban, Afro and Dominican styles of dance. This is a weekend you don’t want to miss!

Airagdin Pavon More “El Moro”
Born in Havana, Cuba, Moro studied dance at the Academia Nacional de Narisco Medina, and performed with many prestigious Cuban Dance Companies. He was first solo dancer and choreographer with “Havana Nights”, one of the largest independently produced shows ever to leave Cuba, touring extensively throughout Mexico, Central Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and Australia. Moro has worked as a dance teacher in Oslo, Stockholm and throughout Australia. He specialises in Afro-Cuban Dance, Rumba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, Son, Salsa and Dominican Bachata.

In 2004, Moro established Buena Vista Dance, to teach Cuban Dance and promote Cuban culture in Australia. He has choreographed and performed in various shows, including Cuban Folkloric Company, World Salsa Congress, Afro-Cuban Express, and NZ Pacific Salsa Congress. In 2009, Buena Vista Dance won the National Cubamemucho Salsa Rueda Competition in Melbourne, in which Moro choreographed, directed and performed. The group went on to represent Australia at the Cubamemucho 2010 World Rueda Championships in Munich, where they placed third. In 2009, 2010 and 2012 he and his partner won the Australian Bachata Championship. In 2013, Moro founded the Australian Rueda de Casino Championships.

We can’t wait for Moro to share his vast experience and knowledge with us!

Early Bird Price: $20 per workshop or all 5 for $90.
Price from 29th January: $25 per workshop or all 5 for $110.

Saturday: Ukrainian Hall, 185 Main Road Moonah (opposite MacDonald’s). Parking is limited at the location.
Sunday: Encore Dance, 58a Federal Street, North Hobart

Where: The Founders Room, Wooby’s Lane, Salamanca.
When: Three hours of dancing goodness, kicking off at 9pm.
Cost: $10

BOOK AND PAY TO SECURE YOUR PLACE. Refunds will be issued if class size is exceeded (sorry to those who miss out).
1. Register and pay at Thursday Night Salsa (The Italian Club, North Hobart), or
2. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the following bank account and please email through your class registration details

Institution: Members Equity
Name: J Holtzclaw
BSB: 944600
Account: 466-996-675
Reference Text: please include your name so we know who
has paid
Send email to “john.holtzclaw@education.tas.gov.au” indicating which classes you have paid for.

What else do I need to know?
• CLASS SIZE will be restricted so book early to avoid disappointment
• There will be NO DOOR SALES this helps us to reduce administration on the day.
• DRINKS: BYO. NO GLASS (glasses or glass bottles) allowed in the room as this is a condition of use when hiring the studio.
• If you CANNOT MAKE A CLASS, then please let us know as early as you can as we may be able to find a replacement (there will likely be someone missing out who would love to take your place).
• SHOES: It is a proper dance floor so please wear proper dance shoes or shoes with soft soles (suede or leather), no hard plastic.


Saturday (20th Feb)

11:15– 12:15 Son (Intermediate)
Danced on the off-beat. Son is one of the traditional partner dances that salsa evolved from with a beautiful and elegant style.

12:45– 1:45 Rueda (Intermediate)
Time to let loose and have a bit of fun with some new turn patterns.

2:00– 3:00 Dominican Bachata (Open – All levels)
Learn to move those feet, with a lesson in authentic Dominican style bachata.

Sunday (21st Feb)

11:45-12:45 Rumba (Open – All levels)
Unique to Cuba, Rumba is a meld of African rhythms and flamenco influences. Elements of rumba are commonly integrated into Cuban salsa. This workshop will help you to ground yourself to the beat of the music and develop your body movements.

1:15 – 2:15 Palo & Makuta (Open – All levels)
Originating from the Bantu culture, Palo is characterised by fast, energetic and fighting motions. It is usually performed with sticks or poles and there is a constant movement of shoulders, chest and torso.
Makuta is a cheeky, social dance originating from Congo & brought to Cuba through Haiti.

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