Marisol Blanco, Master Teacher and graduate of Cuba’s prestigious Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) bachelor dance teacher and The National School of Arts (ENA) professional dancer, teaches Afro-Cuban Folkloric and Popular Dance, as well as, other forms of traditional dance from around the world. Marisol has been a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer for more than 15 years. She has earned popularity for her Rumba classes and special Afro-Cuban learning program, “HPS”. Marisol emphasizes the connection between steps, story, song, percussion, body expression, philosophy, psychology, and technical knowledge in her classes. She creates an environment of support, motivation, creativity, and curiosity, while encouraging her students to reach their full potential in her classroom. She is the owner and director of Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project. Marisol is also a former member of the first female drumming and dance group, Obini-Bata with respective recognition and evaluation from the Cuban National Center of Popular Music as percussion specialist/vocalist master level. She professionally danced in The Cuban National Folkloric Company. She has also successfully completed certificates of Art Performance Management, Ethnology, Social Anthropology and Ethno Choreography. She has traveled to several countries and remains active in both her dance and teaching careers successfully.

 

Dance Experience

 

  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at events by Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye and Albizu University 50th Anniversary, special recognition in appreciation to support the Role of Woman in the Lukumi Religion, Miami, FL (2016)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at AARP Life @ 50 + conference at Miami Convention Center, Miami, FL, (2015)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at African Diaspora a celebration of dance & music journey of cultural & traditional artistic expression at Adriane Performing Arts Center, Miami, FL (2015)
  • Art Basal exposition and performance, Miami, FL (2015-2016)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Zakafest event at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL (2015-2016)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Colorado – Cuba Arts & Dance Festival at University of Boulder, Colorado (2014)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL (2014-2016)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban dance Project at The Annuals of New Times Iron Fork, Miami, FL (2014-2016)

 

  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Bonjour and Cruises USA Tour in Cuba 8 and Ball and Chain, Miami, FL, (2014-2016)
  • Gulf Coast Folklife Festival, (with Elsequier Torres), Tarpon Spring, FL (2011-2014)
  • National Heritage Fellowship Concert (with Elsequier Torres), Washington, D.C. (2010)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Project (Concert honoring the ladies in white) at FIU Auditorium, Miami, FL (2010)
  • Choreographic dance work with Sikan Afrocuban Dance Project at Miami Salsa Congress, Miami FL (2010-2016)
  • Ile Ife Dance Company (with Neri Torres), at Haiti Turtle Island (2010), Tampa Dance Festival , FL (2011) and Miami Airport, FL (2012)
  • Mano Santa and Urban Tribal Project (Afro Brazilian Music Group) Miami, FL ( 2009-2016)
  • Los Herederos (Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music Groups), Miami, FL (2009-2016)
  • TV Channel Cubana de Televisión, Miami, FL (2009-2013)
  • Advanced Entertainment Group, Miami, FL (2009)
  • The first female drumming, singing and dance group in Cuba Obbini Bata (with international and national performances (2002-2008); Folk Company JJ Tourart (2001); The Cuban National Folkloric Company (2000); Company Isadance (1995-1999); Banrrara group (1998); New Pines Group (1990); Cumbaye Group (1989)

 

Dance Instructor Experience

 

  • Master Class at MDC Koubek Center “ Little Habana Social Club, Miami, FL (2017)
  • The Evolution of Dance Performance at Coral Park Senior High School Auditorium with South Miami Middle Community School, as a dance counselor and Afrocuban dance teacher, Miami, FL (2016)
  • Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua Salsa Festival (2015-2016)
  • African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival at Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL (2014-2016)
  • Gastor Salsa Club Festival , University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2014-2015)
  • Master Classes in Pearl Street Studio, Boulder, Colorado; Alpha Midway Studio, Dallas, Texas; Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, Yamulee Dance Company, New York (2014-2015)
  • FSU University of Tallahassee and Folk life apprenticeship program, Tallahassee, FL (2013-2015)
  • Lukumi Project, New York (2012-20015)
  • Atlanta, Tampa, Miami Salsa Congress, FL (2010-2016)
  • National Zumba Convention, Orlando, FL (2009)
  • Various dance programs for kids and teenagers in, Miami, FL (Dance Art and Fitness Studio (DAF), Fusion Dance Studio, Pan Studio, La Fortuna, The Barnyard, Art 4Learning, The Motivational Edge, The Shimmy Club, Link Company, San Thomas University, Barry University-Carnival Art Program, Miami Art Museum, Jose Marti Park, Elizabeth Virrick Park, Henderson Park, River Side Park to the Recreation Department of Miami City, Thomas A. Edison Educational Center, (2008- 2016)
  • Music Agency Antonio Maria Romeo, Dance Courses, Havana, Cuba (2003-2005)
  • Florida Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Certificate (ECPC), Miami, FL (2012); Zumba Fitness Certification Instructor Level, Miami, FL (2009); Superior Institute of Arts (ISA) bachelor degrees, Artistic Learning Center Sampedrano (CENSEA) associate degrees, and The National School of Arts (ENA) professional degrees, Havana, Cuba (1992- 2002)

Awards

 

  • Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye and Albizu University 50th Anniversary, special recognition award in appreciation to support the Role of Woman in the Lukumi Religion, Miami, FL (2016)

 

  • Afrocuba Miami 2016 award by Yoruba Cultural Association U.S.A in recognition for performance and choreographic work, Miami FL (2015-2016)
  • Special recognition award in appreciation to support the 2nd Annual Angeles Reach Foundation Benefic Concert and Art Auction to benefit children with autism, Miami, FL (2015)
  • Adupe Agba award by Oloshas United of Miami in recognition for performance and choreographic work, Miami, FL (2015-2016)
  • Special Jury Award 5th Annual “Dancing with the world” International Folk Dance Festival, Miami, FL (2015)
  • City of Havana Cultural Community Centers recognition award for instructors seminars, (2006)
  • 8th World Annual Congress of Orisha Tradition and Culture first place award for choreographic work, Havana (2003)
  • 13th Annual Elsinor Festival of Theater and Dance Superior Art Institute Scenic Arts Faculty first place award for choreography, Second place for investigative work and Honor Student award, Havana (1999)
  • Folk’ Havana Festival’96 Second Dance and Song Contest first place award by the Center for Community Culture City of Havana, (1996)
  • First Scientific Workshop “Between Cubans” award by Office of the Historian in Havana, (1996)

Performance Publications and Accolades

  • Diario las Americas photo used as an icon to represent Miami on the article titled “Cuban/US Lukumi religion recognition and empowerment” 2017
  • Miami New Times Magazine photo/article 2014/2016
  • DAS Magazine photo/article 2015
  • National Geographic Magazine photo/article 2010
  • Miamissimo Magazine photo/article 2008
  • Miami Metro Magazine photo/article 2008
  • New Herald photo/article 2008

 

 

Contact Information:

Phone: 786-278-8828

Email: marisolblancoobakeyesi@gmail.com

www.dafstudio.com/afro-cuban-beginners/