Dancehouse stands on what always was and always will be Aboriginal land. We pay our respects to the traditional owners of this land, the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, to their Elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.
Afro Cuban, Graham Contemporary — Irina de Loche
Afro Cuban Dance & Graham-based Contemporary
AFRO LATIN CLASS
This class is pitched to those with little experience, older adults, and those who think they have two left feet. The movements and sequences are an antidote to the postural rigidity of Western culture, easy to follow and low impact. The aim is to shed un-useful notions and physical habits while building on fitness, fun and a sense of wellbeing.
Participants do need to have prior dance experience. This technique focuses on the spine, breath and core. The sequences can be challenging because components can almost seem counterintuitive. However, the rewards of this are a deeper knowledge of oneself, and the enjoyment of an earthy and elegant series of movement.
All classes run in 4 week blocks
Irina de Loche danced in folkloric groups as a child, and later studied ballet and various folk and contemporary styles throughout her career. Irina is also trained in yoga, pilates, and massage, drawing on these in her dance teaching practice.
Irina was able to marry her passion for environmental and animal welfare issues with dance, by running a non for profit dance company for 12 years. This is where her deep interest in choreography was honed and the belief that dance is for all, irrespective of age, gender or ability.
The benefits, social, emotional, physical and increased neuroplasticity are therefore key drivers in her practice.
From 4 February 2023*
*Please note classes are affected by Dancehouse programs; contact Irina de Loche for more information.