Jose (Cheo) Rojas
CUBAN POPULAR DANCE
Jose (Cheo) Rojas Ramirez
Originally from Guantanamo, Cuba. Co-founder of internationally renowned Cuban company Banrará.
Dance Workshop which may feature: Cuban Salsa, Mambo, ChaChaCha, Afro-Cuban Rumba, Pilon, and Mozambique
Friday September 25, 2015
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Louden Nelson Center
310 Center Street
downtown Santa Cruz, California
All levels (recommended basic Salsa knowledge).
Age 16+, limited space.
No live drumming!
Facebook invite here:
Cheo’s Facebook Page
Biography Jose “Cheo” Rojas Ramirez
Jose “Cheo” Rojas was born in Guantánamo, Cuba. Rojas began to dance at a young age at the changüicera parties next to his father and at the Cuban-Haitian parties next to his grandfather.
He graduated as a dance instructor from the Escuela Profesional de Arte de Cuba in 1988, as professor and choreographer from the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba in 1990, and as a folklore specialist from the Escuela Nacional de Arte in 1996.
He began his career as a professional dancer and choreographer with Danza Libre in 1989 and co-founded and co-directed the internationally renowned Cuban company Banrará in 1994.
Having participated in several national and international festivals, he won a Best Choreographer award in Cuba in 1998. In 1999, he traveled to the U.S. to participate in a production of West Side Story in the Bay Area, where he now resides and teaches.
He specializes in rumba, one of the most popular rhythms and dance forms in Cuba, and Afro-Cuban folklore, a combination of rhythms of African and Franco-Haitian influence, which include both religious dances, such as those of the Orishas, and secular dances, such as Nagó, Gagá, Tumba Francesa, Tajona, and Caravalí.
A talented teacher, with a particular eye for dance technique, Rojas also brings to his classes a wealth of historical and personal knowledge, making them a rich cultural experience.