February 1, 2015

Whew! It’s the first day of February, and classes start tomorrow in several interim locations (most are in Brooklyn, and one - Gibney Dance - is in lower Manhattan). We are happy to say that we’ll be able to continue many (though not all) of our classes. We hope to find a location soon [...]


October 30, 2014

Dear Students, We're happy to announce that we will continue holding all our classes until January 31, 2015 in our current space. Afterwards, we plan to offer a selection of classes in various locations around Brooklyn. If you have suggestions for a possible new home or interim location, please e-mail Jimena at: jimena@cumbedance.com. And thank you for all the [...]


Sean Thomas

  Sean Thomas shares how he came to create his 90-minute dance fitness class and what makes it different from all the others out there. Sean teaches FIT 4 YOU on Mondays from 7:30-9:00pm. Article by M. Soledad Sklate. Q: What is the focus of the dance fitness class (FIT 4 YOU) that you teach at [...]


Tenenfig Dioubate

Tenenfig Dioubate is one of a celebrated group of women teaching West African dance in the United States today. She sat down with M. Soledad Sklate and shared the stories behind how she came to dance, and how she made her way here from Guinea.  Tenenfig teaches West African dance on Fridays from 6:00-7:30pm and Sundays from 3:00-4:30pm. [...]

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Francine Ott

  Francine Ott shares the personal stories behind how she become a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She teaches Contemporary Hip Hop Fusion for adults on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00pm, and Absolute Beginner Workshops in Hip Hop during the Month of May on Saturdays from 3:30-4:30pm (except for May 25) .  Article by M. Soledad Sklate. Q: How and [...]

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Jamie Philbert

  M. Soledad Sklate sat down with Jamie Philbert and two of her students after one of her Afro-Modern classes for adults. Jamie teaches Afro-Modern for adults on Saturdays from 11:00am-12:30pm and several classes for children: Uhuru (Creative Movement for toddlers 18 months – 2 years) on Wednesdays from 9:45-10:30am, Uhuru (Free and Creative Movement for Toddlers, 18 months [...]


Tony Domenech

  M. Soledad Sklate asked Tony Domenech to share the story of how he became a dancer and teacher, and explain why his classes are perfect for beginners. Tony teaches Absolute Beginner Workshops in Afro-Cuban dance on Saturdays from 3:30-4:30pm ($10) during the month of April, and also a weekly Introduction to Orishas class on [...]


Yesenia Selier

  M. Soledad Sklate interviewed dance scholar and teacher Yesenia Selier about how she developed Talking Diaspora, a new experimental workshop series she is curating with M. Soledad Sklate and Pat Hall. The first Talking Diaspora workshop will focus on Rumba: The Music and the Dance, and is on Saturday, April 6 from 1:00-3:00pm.  Article by M. [...]


Monica Ortiz Rossi

M. Soledad Sklate interviewed Monica Ortiz Rossi about what makes her new dance fitness class - Aché - different, and why she's passionate about it. Monica Ortiz Rossi teaches a free preview class of Aché on Monday, March 18 from 5:30-6:30pm, and the first regular day of class will be Monday, April 1. She also teaches Zumba on [...]

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Sheila Anozier

M. Soledad Sklate interviewed teacher Sheila Anozier about her teaching philosophy and what teaching at Cumbe means to her. Sheila teaches Afro-Caribbean Dance and Movement every Monday from 6:00-7:30pm. Article by M. Soledad Sklate. Q: What is your teaching philosophy? A: Dance is spiritual.  It's a place to celebrate, to question, to surrender, and if you allow [...]