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Afro-Cuban Music & Dance Immersive Experience

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Published on Mar 1, 2018

A group of Knox College students and faculty members recently spent 11 days in Cuba, interacting with the country's people and culture while taking classes in Cuban styles of dancing and drumming.

The trip took place during Knox's winter break and was designed specifically to build on students' academic experiences. All 18 students had taken at least one of these classes: Cultural Perspectives in Dance, taught by Associate Professor and Chair of Dance Jennifer Smith; Music of the African Diaspora, taught by Associate Professor of Music Nikki Malley; and Culture and Identity in the Caribbean, taught by Assistant Professor of Anthropology-Sociology William Hope.

In addition, the students and faculty members met once a week during fall term for "lab time" to prepare for the trip.

A few weeks after returning to campus, the students gave presentations related to the trip. For example, some students read their personal reflections aloud, and others exhibited photos or demonstrated the dance moves and drumming skills they learned while working with the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional.

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