Matanzas, where we learn how to play and dance Cuban Rumba, learn about the Orishas Yemayá, Oshún, Changó and Elleguá and meet Doña Juana, the healer

In Matanzas we met the warmest people!

We visited a community project called Callejon de las Tradiciones (The Alley of the Traditions). Here we attended a show of Afro-Caribbean dances and music and enjoyed a Q&A session with some of the dancers and musicians. The dancers were so friendly and curious about us! We ended up dancing hip-hop, krump and breakdance… and what looked like a Rumba-Hip-Hop face-off. The Winsor students are surprising!

Juana, the Healer blessed us all in her Santería altar to the Orisha Changó before we left.

Our time in Matanzas was short, but we had a lot of fun. We spent the morning learning more about elements of Santeria, an Afro-Cuban religion and Afro-Cuban drumming. A few of us had the opportunity to try some new drumming techniques, while others of us were able to put our dancing skills to use. During an impromptu exchange with some Cuban teenagers, we showed them a few popular American dances, and in return, they showed us several dances that are popular among them. We didn’t get to spend much time with them, but it was one of the times when we felt most at ease, because we were interacting with people our age. Despite the language barrier, we found no problems getting along perfectly well with our Cuban counterparts.

Natalia Lindsey, Class VIII

Matanzas, where we learn how to play and dance Cuban Rumba, learn about the Orishas Yemayá, Oshún, Changó and Elleguá and meet Doña Juana, the healer

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