The AfroOchoDance Fund
of Private Matching Funds Remaining
The mission of AfroOchoDance is to share the too-often silenced stories about the past and present through creative commemoration, using site-specific dance performances in public spaces to showcase the cultural and historical contributions of Afro-Latinos and others of African descent. The AfroOchoDance festival is part of the non-profit Race, Space and Memory Project of Corinna Moebius and her Little Havana Experiences tour company. It will feature Marisol Blanco and her Sikan Afro-Cuban Dance Company as well as prominent guest Afro-Cuban dancers. AfroOchoDance will feature four days of Afro-Cuban dance performances in the public spaces of Little Havana's heritage district, with each performance commemorating different individuals of African descent who are connected to the neighborhood's history. The eight-day festival, from October 4-11, 2019, will also feature film screenings, art exhibits, workshops, lectures, panel discussions and walking tours, aimed at deepening awareness of the people being commemorated, educating the public about challenges and opportunities for commemoration, and sparking critical thinking about race and public memory. Two free Afro-Cuban dance classes will also be offered to the public. The Miami Foundation is the fiscal sponsor for AfroOchoDance.
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This photo shows AfroOchoDance choreographer/lead dancer Marisol Blanco dancing guaguancó (a form of rumba) with another dancer participating in AfroOchoDance: Maikel Pineda, former lead dancer with Cuba's national folkloric dance group, the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional. Marisol is a former member of Cuba's first all-female drum and dance company.