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MDC Koubek Center

16th Annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival including a variety of exciting dance and drumming workshops


Miami, July 8, 2014 – IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company, the U.S.-based premier Afro-Cuban cultural organization, is back and setting up shop right in the heart of Miami’s historic Cuban neighborhood for its 16th Annual Afro Cuban Dance Festival, August 28 - August 30.This year, IFE-ILE will hold a panel discussion, a street performance during the popular monthly Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays) and a variety of exciting dance and drumming workshops, culminating with a closing gala and live performance that celebrates the unique flavors of Cuban culture. Opening night, workshops and gala will be held at Miami Dade College’s Koubek Center, 2705 S.W. 3rd St., Little Havana.

“Since its creation in 1996, IFE-ILE has been a forerunner promoting Afro-Cuban culture in the US, said founder Neri Torres. “IFE-ILE's activities educate as well as engage audiences, so people are not merely entertained but actually learn about, appreciate and even participate in the unique and rich folkloric traditions of Afro-Cubans.”

The festival opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 28 with a panel titled Fusion Works in Dance: Rituals of Modern Society, including the participation of renowned scholars and a live performance by IFE-ILE musicians at the end.Panelist include Yvonne Houston from Barry University; Dr. Jorge Morejon from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad-Tobago and Neri Torres, festival founder and professor at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. The panel is free and open to the public.

From 7 p.m. – 11p.m. on Friday, August 29, IFE-ILEwill take over the outside stage during the Viernes Culturales street festival, featuring the musical group Son Cubano Chevere, singer Regla Cumba and IFE-ILE dancers and drummers. Festival participants can enjoy mojitos courtesy of Cuba Ocho Art & Research Center. Everyone is invited to join in the conga at the end of the night.

Dance and drumming workshops will be heldSaturday,August 30, – including Afro-Modern Dance, Orisha dances, rumba, salsa casino, and Cubaton (Cuban-style reggaeton) – for all levels at the Koubek Center. The workshops run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. led by top-notch guest artists and special classes taught by Torres.

The festival will culminate at 8 p.m. Saturday, August 30, with a closing gala performance and closing party at the Koubek Center.

IFE-ILE, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 by renowned award-winning choreographer Neri Torres. The organization is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Afro-Cuban culture through the performing arts. IFE-ILE seeks to develop cross-cultural understanding and to educate community members and visitors through traditional and contemporary dance, music performances, festivals, lectures, workshops and master classes.

Tickets for a single workshop are $20. Full day passes and discount packages also available. Closing night gala tickets are $20 general admission; $15 for students and seniors.

To register, for tickets and more information, please call 786-704-8609

Media Contact: Sue Arrowsmith, 305-776-9239



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