Celebrating the Roots of Afro Rhythms in Latin Dance!
Latin Sparks wants to pay homage to the magic of Afro roots in Latin dance! The Original Rhythm is a series of interactive online dance classes and artist-led discussions on the Afro-origins of different Latin dance genres.
Join us on Instagram LIVE @latinsparksfestival NOV 21, NOV 28 & DEC 5 from 12PM – 2PM. Each artist will showcase a specific dance genre, teach an intro-level dance class, and lead a discussion educating viewers on the genre’s origins in African culture.
As one of the largest Latin festivals in Canada, we have benefited greatly from the contributions of Afro culture and rhythms. We believe it is our duty to pay homage to the often unknown and forgotten originators, Afro Latinos, whose contributions have allowed us all to celebrate the incredible music and dance across Latin America.
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Join us on Instagram Live where 6 instructors will showcase a specific dance genre, teach an intro-level dance class, and lead a discussion on the genre’s origins in African culture.
SAT, NOV 21ST
Afro-Cuban | Sarita Leyva
Afro-Mambo | Shakiru
SAT, NOV 28ST
Samba | Adrianna Yanuziello
Salsa | Jean-Marc Kawaya
SAT, DEC 5TH
Mambo | Araguacu
Latin Rhythms | DJ Didicious
We’d never be where we are today without the support and collaboration of our partners.
Sarita Leyva is a renowned contemporary folkloric and popular dancer, educator, and choreographer. She began her dance career at the age of 7 in Holguín, Cuba. Today, Sarita is the Artistic Director of Iré Omó Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble and School First Dancer of Iyá Iré Afro-Cuban Ensemble. Sarita is also a faculty member of the School of The Arts, Media & Design at York University.
Araguacu is a native Taino word that translates into "the sacred people”. Araguacu Latin Dance Company is a fusion of diverse cultures and talents, that was founded in 2013, by Toronto based directors, Geo and Kim. Araguacu specializes in teaching Bachata, and Mambo/Salsa On2. Their high energy classes and performances have quickly made them one of the most sought after dance teams across Canada.
Choreographer, Artistic Director, and Founder of Dance Migration, Adrianna Yanuziello, has been devoting her life to dance and Brazilian Culture within Canada and abroad. For the past fifteen years Adrianna has frequently travelled to Brazil to study with Masters of Brazilian dance and Afro-Brazilian Yoruba traditions such as Mestre King, Rosangela Silvestre, Jose Ricardo, Nildinha Fonseca, Vera Passos.
Adrianna has taught workshops in Brazilian dance throughout Canada, USA, Asia, and Brazil.She has presented her choreographic works and theatre productions on Canadian stages and abroad. She has co-produced the first international Brazilian dance Congress in Toronto called the Canada Samba Congress, which hosted over 14 artists direct from Brazil, along with the Toronto Samba Encontro in 2019.
As a choreographer for professional and artistic stages as well as a community leader who has brought hundreds of dancers and community members on cultural exchanges in Brazil, Adrianna Yanuziello’s work has been formative to the development of Brazilian dance here in Canada.
Jean-Marc’s passion for dance started at an early age. Growing up in a culture where dance is celebrated led him to freely experiment with various dance styles. He frequently performed in high school and university dance shows, and frequently competed in various House dance battles in Toronto and Montreal.
In 2015, His passion for dance was introduced to Salsa dance and he has not looked back since. He has become an active and passionate member the salsa dance community in Toronto. Since 2016, he has trained and performed with the CDC Latin Dance Company under the direction of Tina Nico and Jerome Jean-Gilles. As a member of the CDC Latin Dance Company, he has performed at CDC showcases, Latin dance socials, and salsa congresses in Toronto and Montreal. He is always looking to grow as a dancer by taking workshops with some of the best salsa artists in the world.
Shakiru is the founder of ÀSÀ Dance Production. Dance and movement are parts of Shakiru’s culture and religion. He has been dancing Hip-hop and Afro-beats ever since he was playing in the streets of Nigeria. Upon moving to Canada, he picked up the Latin dance styles and specialized in Afro-Cuban.
In the Latin dance community, he is known for his Afro-Cuban expertise, which adds unforgettable flavour to his Salsa and Bachata technique. Aside from winning various Bachata competitions, Shakiru had the honour to learn from and perform with Harold and Regan, World Bachata Champions.
Jenniffer is a Toronto-based artist and co-founder of the inclusive party series “Ritmo Tropical”, creating safe spaces for BIPOC. DJing under didicious, her music is best described as high energy genre-bending, with her afro-dominican influence she brings the crowd to a ‘one of a kind’ music experience. Click here to check out her soundcloud.