IFE-ILE classes & workshops
supplements and strengthens arts and education programs in Miami-Dade's
public schools, colleges and universities through programs that
build awareness of Afro-Cuban culture as well as cultural pride,
inspiration and enrichment for attendees of all backgrounds. IFE-ILE
exposes students to a variety of programs that include workshops,
master classes and musicals as complementary teaching tools. We
regularly visit elementary, middle and high schools for workshops
or full-day residencies, as well as colleges and universities.
Through presentations featuring storytelling, theatrical and dance
performances and demonstrations, we introduce students to Afro-Cuban
culture as well as new forms of expression. Our presentations engage
children, youth and young adults through references to everyday
life, using "cool" terms that they can relate to, making
it enjoyable and fun. Exposing young people to a multicultural world
enables them to have a well-rounded view of the world, thus contributing
to a brighter future for all of us!
Artistic & Executive Director Neri Torres was part of the Arts
in Education program at Florida International University, where
she joined two other well-known choreographers and performers. The
group visited three Dade County middle schools for one-day residencies,
introducing students in the schools dance program to Afro-Haitian
and Afro-Cuban dance through a lecture/performance followed by an
informal discussion. FIU students assisted the instructors, conducted
interviews, and completed bibliographic materials and articles relating
to Afro-Cuban dance and culture, which was compiled into a handbook
for teaching Afro-Cuban dance in the public schools.
"I enjoyed working with Neri Torres. She taught us two
new dances, some dance vocabulary and different facts about
African history and the way they use to dance overall. I loved
the residency and would like to thank Ms. Neri Torres. Thank
You!" -- Rachelle (student)
"I really enjoyed the residency because having Ms. Neri
Torres came to Charles R. Drew Middle & choreograph 2
wonderful pieces & perform for our peers. Also, I learned
different technique and definition to words I didn't know.
Above all, I would like to thank Neri Torres for a great experience
of my life." -- Chanadra (student)
"Neri Torres, I learned a lot of words and now I know
how to express myself in another way. I enjoyed the fact that
you were able to teach us something new. I had a lot of fun.
Everyday I came prepared & I learned that Congo is a fun
dance & I learned that I really love it. Neri taught us
a lot of things & opened a whole new world." -- Raijean
"The Workshop from Neri Torres was so fun. It was a
complete learning experience. We did a dance called Yuca,
Palo & the Congos. We learned the history andsome of the
language. We were able to see the style of the dance and costume.
I was proud of the dance and I hope I can do it again. It
was great! -- Jesikah (student)
"I enjoyed having Neri Torres come to class. It was
fun learning about Afro-Caribbean. I learned about a dance
called Yuka. It seemed as if it opened up a new world to me.
I just want to say thanks for the dance experience that you
gave me." -- Alicia (student)