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Afro-Cuban Dance Technique
with José Francisco Barroso
Produced by Obakoso Dance Co.

Instructional DVD - 112 minutes

Learn African Cuban folkloric dance from master teacher José Francisco Barroso as he guides students on a journey through the Orishas (Yoruba deities) from beginner basics, such as stepping in rhythm with clave, to the more advanced movements and characterizations demonstrated in his explosive soloing. Live detailed instruction and demonstration is given for the dances of Elegbá, Ogún, Oshún, Yemayá, Shangó and Oyá as well as  the three types of rumba (Yambú, Guaguancó & Columbia).

All instruction is accompanied by a live group of musicians singing Orisha songs and performing on Batá drums featureing Ramon “Sandy” Perez, principal percussionist of group Afro-Cuba de Matanzas; Ysidro Valor Perez of Havana’s Clave y Guaguanco; dancer Yismari Ramos of Ballet de la televicion Cubana; Jose Luis Gomez, singer with Fito Reinoso y su Armonia; and many others.

José Francisco Barroso (Ifa Jokoo) is a native of Havana, Cuba.  Barroso began his study of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance under the direction of Juan de Dios Ramos while dancing in Cuba's renowned folkloric company Raices Profundas. Living in the U.S. for the last decade, Barroso is regarded as among the foremost specialists of African Cuban dance, music, and cultural tradition; teaching and lecturing at numerous universities and cultural centers throughout the U.S. and internationally.   

As a practitioner within the spiritual tradition of the Yoruba people, Barroso was first initiated as an Omo Elegbara and then as an Ifa priest under the sacred odu: Osa Ogunda.  Through his constant research and dedication to authenticity, Barroso is committed to studying, maintaining, and sharing the profound knowledge of African Cuban culture. In 1996 Jose Francisco Barroso founded Obakoso Drum & Dance Ensemble, a group devoted to preserving the profound knowledge living within traditional African Cuban folkloric music and dance.  



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