METdance presents Cuban Contemporary Class on Thursdays at METdance from 7:30-9PM!
Read more below about the class. Hope to see you there!
Cuban Contemporary - Circular Drawing Movement - A Cuban contemporary teaching method and technique created by Cuban choreographer Alexis Zanety. This class is a combination of neoclassical and Afro-Cuban dance designed to strengthen the body by organizing phrases organically. Class begins with stretches on the floor followed by body halves and balance exercises at the barre. Center is designed to condition major muscles and explore extremes through the use of out-of-balance turns and jumps in the diagonal. Class concludes with African phrases and choreography.
Teacher, ALEXIS ZANETY, is a contemporary choreographer and former first soloist for Cuba’s national Contemporary Dance Company. He graduated in 1989 from Escuela Profesional de Instructores de Arte in Villa Clara, Cuba and began his artistic career right after. As a First soloist (1995-2002), he worked under the direction of Eduardo Rivero Walker, Narciso Medina, Lídice Nuñez and Jan Linkens. He toured extensively around the world visiting Holland, Italy, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Martinique. In 2002 he relocated to Mexico where he was invited by Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara to choreograph. He then performed the principal role of “Don Jose” in Carmen by choreographer Adriana Quinto and was also invited to portray the leading role in Besame Mucho (2003) produced by OCESA. Alexis combines the information he has learned from Afro-Cuban, neoclassical, classical ballet, and Caribbean rhythms and enjoys exploring movement to Son Cubano and Cuban Rumba in his own technique called Dibujo Circular de Movimento. Most recently, he was commissioned by Compañía Nacional de Danza de Cuba to choreograph La Tercera Puerta (2011) and Retorno (2015) and in 2016 by Centro Morelense de las Artes in Mexico to choregraph Sombras y Destinos en Imágenes en Desequilibrio. He currently resides in Houston, Texas.