What is Afro Latin Funk?
Afro Latin Funk is a concept, not a style of dance per se. It is the answer to the question, "What would Latin dance be if a disciplined method of training were applied?” It is the potential for the family of dances that correspond to the musical styles under the umbrella term, “Música Latina.”
Later replaced by the word “Salsa,” this genre included rhythms and styles such as the Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, variations of the Cuban Son (Guarjira, Son, Guaracha, Son Montuno), Guaguancó, Pachanga, Bomba and Plena, Mozambique, Boogaloo, and others. Made increasingly popular in New York in the 1960's and 70’s, Salsa included these musical concepts and more, each with their own corresponding feeling and physical representation in the form of dance. Afro Latin Funk strives for this same type of creative freedom by finally making the dancer responsible for the same type of education and training required of the Latin musician.
Afro Latin Funk acknowledges the many dance concepts involved in this rich music and provides a formal system of training that evolves both the dancer and the dance-form itself towards ever-growing sophistication and maturity. Something that has never before existed in the Latin dance tradition. This system utilizes a non-linear method of training more commonly found in eastern art forms, based on constant improvement and elevating the possibilities for personal and artistic expression.
Afro Latin funk is not fusion, nor does it utilize the specific training and concepts of classical dance. It is founded on the premise that Afro-Latin art forms are complete as they are, and that the preservation of culture and essence of the genre are of the utmost importance. "Salsa" is a concept from which we have evolved and a musical era in which we pay homage to, however, the word as it applies to the dance has simply become too small to encapsulate the broadness that is our practice.