Miguel Flamini

Miguel Flamini is a teacher, percussionist, dancer, and magik weaver. He has been involved in spiritual gatherings for 13 years, and he has studied and performed with various teachers from the Caribbean, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Middle East, Spain (gypsy-flamenco), and the United States. He has done extended studies in Cuba and Peru on afro-influenced music and dance with various performing groups: Afro Cuba de Matanza, the Ballumbrosio Family, and others.

His interest is primarily in the conversation and co-creation between music and dance. Miguel sees improvisational music and dance as the greatest vehicle of spiritual expression and communion with the gods that dwell in us. He has spent many years helping to evolve the fire circle tradition here in the United States.

Latin dance

Presented with Ravenoir.

Regardless of what you've been told, everyone can, and should, learn to dance! Let Miguel and Revenoir whirl you into a world of Salsa and Merengue in anticipation of the various Afro-Brazilian parties and performances this week at Starwood. You and your partner can blend as one and escape into the sensual moves and rhythms of Latin music. All levels of dance welcomed.

Shekere: Intro into rhythmic flow

The Shekere is a beaded-gourd instrument played by both men and women in Africa and in many African-influenced cultures. The intricate movements of the shekere can create waves of sound and texture that can be used to drive a circle, create percussion "melodies", or even solo. Miguel primary draws from the Afro-Cuban tradition but has created much of his own style to blend with the fire circles. Many shekeres will be provided, and basic to advance technique will be demonstrated. Miguel has a multitude of introductory exercises and body movements that will help you to understand the rhythms on a physical and mental level.

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