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Afro-Latin Contemporary Dance – Soul to Sole Connection

August 17, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

with Jarryd Julian & Jerome Mester de Trevino of  WEPA, LLC : Wellness, Expression, and Progress through the Arts.

Saturday, August 17

5:00 – 7:00 pm


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Do you ever feel stiff, unexpressive in your dancing, even though you know the steps? Or do you just love those Afro and Latin rhythms, but really don’t know the dance forms? This workshop takes the fundamental Latin/Caribbean dance principles of Connection, Musicality, Movement, and Liberty and expands your understanding, application and experience through proven techniques and comprehensive instruction.

This workshop’s teachings are foundational for several Afro-Caribbean and Latin Dances including, but not limited to: Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha, Merengue, Afro-Rumba, Cumbia, Orisha, Afro-Caribbean Folkloric, and Afro-Contemporary dance. From warm-ups that will introduce you to some of the basic movement of Afro-Latin-Caribbean dance, your teachers will teach you a piece of choreography, then help you to dance it with heartfelt expression.Jerome and Jarryd’s company WEPA – Wellness, Expression, and Progress through the Arts – presents this workshop at Still & Moving Center. Watch them dance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDXd7oHsgts

jarrydBorn and raised on Oahu, Jarryd Julian was first introduced to dance in 2004 through the world of International Ballroom.  Captivated by the rhythms and movements of the Latin section, Jarryd became proficient in many dances such as Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Tango, and formal Rumba.  A fortuitous conversation about dance ushered him into the world of social Salsa and started him on a journey that he would never look back on.  

Upon the debut of Jarryd’s first choreography with Jerome Mester de Trevino, a brotherhood was forged. This collaboration continues still and culminated in the birth of their company, WEPA, LLC (Wellness, Expression, and Progress through the Arts). WEPA not only teaches the technical aspects of Latin dance and movement, but introduces the power it possesses to help one gain a greater understanding of themselves. “Being an analyst, life has always been black or white.  This also means that grey areas have always been uncomfortable for me. Movement through dance has helped me further understand these “grey” situations and aid my body in informing my mind of what feelings I’m going through.  That’s what keeps me dancing.”  Through expressive movement, Mr. Julian educates and enlightens others to embrace WEPA’s tenants of proper communication, right relationship and the body informing the mind, rather than the converse    

jeromeJerome L. Mester de Trevino began his journey in dance with music as his guide. Jerome has been a percussionist for over 20 years, but it was not until he immersed himself in the culture and essence of Latin movement through Salsa and Contemporary Afro Latin Movement, that he found his true path to unrivaled expression. This marriage of man and art imparted a gift of healing that put him on a journey of self-discovery, aligned him with his life’s purpose and evoked new techniques and processes for dance and emotional/spiritual restoration. He has taken this gift and message across America and has returned to Hawai’i (considered to be his hanai one hanau) bring these enlightenments to you.

His dedication to the relation of music to Latin movement in dance and the interpreter (the dancer) has demarcated him as a refined, innovative and melodic dancer.  His dedication to the promulgation of the healing and restorative endowment of movement has created various platforms for which he shares his experience and message of Proper communication, Right relationship and the Body informing the Mind. Both of these form Mr. Mester de Trevino’s heart of hearts that he openly shares through his company W.E.P.A. (Wellness, Expression, and Progress through the Arts). Mr. Mester de Trevino challenges his students and partners to find their own voice within the music and to hone their skills in order to freely express themselves.



August 17, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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