Develop your musicality, your ability to hear and feel the rhythms, dancing with and in response to them while focusing on Caribbean dances with African roots. Hear the Drums: Shangó LEARN MORE Dance with Karelia Course Develop your skills as a dancer, training with Karelia Despaigne.  Choose between any number of dances including Son, Casino, Timbaton, and AfroCuban or focus on specific skills that will advance your development as a dancer. Dance! with Karelia LEARN MORE Hear the Drums Eleggua Course Develop your musicality, your ability to hear and feel the rhythms, dancing with and in response to them while focusing on Caribbean dances with African roots. Hear the Drums: Elegguá LEARN MORE Develop your musicality, your ability to hear and feel the rhythms, dancing with and in response to them while focusing on Caribbean dances with African roots. Hear the Drums: Oshun LEARN MORE Hear the Drums Yemaya Course Develop your musicality, your ability to hear and feel the rhythms, dancing with and in response to them while focusing on Caribbean dances with African roots. Hear the Drums: Yemaya LEARN MORE

Karelia Despaigne

Cuban Dance, Choreography, Instructor Training

Karelia studied at EVA José María Heredia and graduated from the Professional Dance Academy with advanced training in dance instruction, performance, and choreography. By twenty-one, she was a soloist with the professional dance company, Folklorico Oriente. She went on to become a principle dancer with Sabor DKY and then founded Tierra Kaliente in 2016. Karelia continues to tour and teach internationally, having taught in 23 different countries.

Focus:

Casino, Son, AfroCuban, Rumba, Reggaetón, Musicality, Body Movement, Ladies Styling, Casino Fusion

Languages:

Spanish, English, Russian

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Instructors teach online from their homes, while on tour, sometimes even from rooftops. This means you get to connect with them as real people in the everyday course of their lives, but video, lighting, and sound quality may vary.

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