Salsa Somática with Amelia Uzategui
Salsa Somática takes the feelings and sensations of Salsa dancing to explore its potential as an improvised, solo form of movement expression.
In this class, the teacher guides seated breathing exercises to release the torso and then transitions into standing, rhythmic stepping. In further explorations, dancers are welcome to experiment more freely and develop individual performance interpretations.
Open to all levels of movement and Salsa experience.
Somatic Sauce is a community engagement platform co-founded by Juan Urbina and Amelia Uzategui Bonilla that offers open-level dance courses with content based in Somatics-based improvisational dance, dance performance, African Diaspora, Native and Latinx social dances. One of their main influences is Salsa, which literally translates to “sauce.” This Salsa, danced with its many accents or flavors throughout the globe is what inspires Juan and Amelia to continue “mixing up the sauce,” researching diverse perspectives of social dance as healing forms of artistic expression and pleasure activism. Also practitioners in the field of dance education and Somatics, they recognize overlapping intentions and potential for a combination of knowledge from both anatomical studies of the body and vernacular dance practices. Juan and Amelia reframe the knowledge in the vernacular as a contribution to Somatics. As dancers-in-resistance, in the face of the aftermath of colonialism, globalization, and in opposition to the violence of assimilation, Somatic Sauce lifts up the traditions and practices of their ancestors as resources from which to develop decolonial contemporary dance practices for today’s political context.
Photography by David Poertner for Somatic Sauce‘s La Descarga [Digital]
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