Sean Thomas BY Michelle 07/09/2013


  Sean Thomas shares how he came to create his 90-minute dance fitness class and what makes it different from all the others out there. Sean teaches FIT 4 YOU on Mondays from 7:30-9:00pm. Article by M. Soledad Sklate. Q: What … Read more

Tenenfig Dioubate BY Michelle 05/22/2013


Tenenfig Dioubate is one of a celebrated group of women teaching West African dance in the United States today. She sat down with M. Soledad Sklate and shared the stories behind how she came to dance, and how she made … Read more

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Francine Ott BY Michelle 05/08/2013


  Francine Ott shares the personal stories behind how she become a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She teaches Contemporary Hip Hop Fusion for adults on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00pm, and Absolute Beginner Workshops in Hip Hop during the Month of May … Read more

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Jamie Philbert BY Michelle 04/24/2013


  M. Soledad Sklate sat down with Jamie Philbert and two of her students after one of her Afro-Modern classes for adults. Jamie teaches Afro-Modern for adults on Saturdays from 11:00am-12:30pm and several classes for children: Uhuru (Creative Movement for toddlers … Read more

Tony Domenech BY Michelle 04/03/2013


  M. Soledad Sklate asked Tony Domenech to share the story of how he became a dancer and teacher, and explain why his classes are perfect for beginners. Tony teaches Absolute Beginner Workshops in Afro-Cuban dance on Saturdays from 3:30-4:30pm … Read more

Yesenia Selier BY Michelle 03/27/2013


  M. Soledad Sklate interviewed dance scholar and teacher Yesenia Selier about how she developed Talking Diaspora, a new experimental workshop series she is curating with M. Soledad Sklate and Pat Hall. The first Talking Diaspora workshop will focus on Rumba: The … Read more

Monica Ortiz Rossi BY Michelle 03/13/2013


M. Soledad Sklate interviewed Monica Ortiz Rossi about what makes her new dance fitness class – Aché – different, and why she’s passionate about it. Monica Ortiz Rossi teaches a free preview class of Aché on Monday, March 18 from 5:30-6:30pm, and … Read more

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Sheila Anozier BY Michelle 03/13/2013


M. Soledad Sklate interviewed teacher Sheila Anozier about her teaching philosophy and what teaching at Cumbe means to her. Sheila teaches Afro-Caribbean Dance and Movement every Monday from 6:00-7:30pm. Article by M. Soledad Sklate. Q: What is your teaching philosophy? A: Dance … Read more

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Spring into Health Teachers BY Michelle 03/06/2013


  These folks really care about getting people well and happy! M. Soledad asked them about what they do and why they’re so passionate about it. Article by M. Soledad Sklate. This March and April, Cumbe introduces Spring into Health, a … Read more

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Jiho Choi BY Michelle 02/27/2013


M. Soledad Sklate interviewed student Jiho Choi, who came all the way from South Korea to study dance and quickly became part of the Cumbe family. Read all about how this house dancer came to love African dance! Article by … Read more

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Baba Wali BY Michelle 02/20/2013


M. Soledad Sklate interviewed Obara Wali Rahman Ndiaye (Baba Wali), Director and Master Drummer of DrumSong African Ballet Theatre and one of a generation of pioneering African Americans who worked to promote and preserve African culture in the 1960s & 70s. Drumsong ABT … Read more

Meet the Founders BY Michelle 02/13/2013


  Co-directors Jimena Martinez and Dominique Bravo, and artistic director Pat Hall sat down with M. Soledad Sklate to share the story of how Cumbe came to be, their vision for it, and their reflections on the studio’s first year. … Read more

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First Anniversary & Full Moon Celebration BY Michelle 01/30/2013


Our first birthday was a blast! M. Soledad Sklate was one of the many partygoers at Cumbe’s First Anniversary Party & Full Moon Celebration on January 26, 2013, and recaps this special night. Article by M. Soledad Sklate Cumbe’s First … Read more

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La Mora BY Michelle 01/09/2013


M. Soledad Sklate interviewed Danys “La Mora” Pérez – a master of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance from Santiago de Cuba – about her teaching philosophy, the history of Afro-Cuban culture, and her workshop at Cumbe. La Mora is teaching an Afro-Cuban Dance and … Read more

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Daniel Fetecua BY Michelle 12/05/2012


M. Soledad Sklate interviewed Daniel Fetecua – choreographer, dancer, and founder of Pajarillo Pinta’o – about the African influence in Colombia and his upcoming special workshops at Cumbe. Daniel is teaching two Cumbia y Fandangos! workshops on Saturday, Dec. 15 … Read more

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Penny Godboldo BY Michelle 11/15/2012


Certified Dunham instructor Penny Godboldo talks about what it was like to take class with dance pioneer Katherine Dunham, and her new Dunham workshop at Cumbe. Katherine Dunham Technique is a cornerstone of African and diaspora dance, and Penny is … Read more

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Meet Papa Sy BY Michelle 11/08/2012


Teacher Papa Sy talks about traditional Senegalese dance and how his generation of dancers, trained by Germaine Acogny, built on Senegal’s dance heritage to create “métisse-dance” (hybrid-dance). Papa Sy teaches Sabar this Saturday, Nov. 10 (4:30-6:00pm) and Contemporary West African … Read more


Baba Richard Gonzalez BY Michelle 10/21/2012


October 21,2012   M. Soledad Sklate interviewed award-winning dancer, choreographer, and highly sought-after teacher Baba Richard Gonzalez about his newest project at Cumbe: the “Meet the Artist” Choreography and Performance Workshop. The workshop is a unique opportunity for emerging choreographers to develop dance … Read more

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