World News

Meet Brenda, the Mexican who teaches African dance

5 November 2007 at 08:28 | 1133 views


My name is Brenda and I am from Mexico. I am a very sensitive woman that loves art from around the world. I especially enjoy dancing, music, and singing.

Since I was a child I have been in love with all forms of art. I started playing drums at the age of 17 . I later learnt what is known in my country as “Afro-Caribbean Dance” in 1999 at the A.N.D.A. (Asociacion Nacional de Actores de Televisa) in Mexico City.

After three years I started to teach Afro-Caribbean Dance and Reductive Gymnastics to my friends, while playing with different bands in the country. We played Mexican music, rock and roll, and other types of music.

When I went to learn Afro-Caribbean Dance with live music in the A.N.D.A. (Dancing School) I was so fascinated by all those movements and rhythms that I immediately fell in love with it.

I am now a teacher of Afro-Caribbean dance . It’s a type of dance that also teaches the hard work of the people, their farming and fishing activities, etc.

In the 50’s, African and Afro-Caribbean music and dance had a big influence in Mexico. We still enjoy that dance and listen to
that kind of music all the time in Mexico. We are particularly thrilled by the mambo, the chachacha, and lots of other rhythms.

I did four presentations on Afro-Caribbean dance at La Casa del Artista on April 14, 15 and 21 and on July 1st 2007.

Thank you so much for your attention.

Photos: Brenda,demonstrating some of her Afro-Caribbean dance movements in Vancouver, Canada.