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Nov. 4, 2009

UI Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble performs Nov. 12-14

afro-cuban drum and dance ensembleThe Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble of University of Iowa Division of Performing Arts will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 12-14, in the Space Place Theater of North Hall on the UI campus.

The ensemble is led by James Dreier from the school of music and Paul Cunliffe from the department of dance and well-known folkloric dancer and Latin dance instructor Modei Akyea of the UI Office of University Relations.

In March of 2003, with support from the division of performing arts and international programs, Cunliffe and Dreier organized a study abroad trip for UI dance and music students. The group traveled to Matanzas, Cuba, to study Afro-Cuban folkloric dance, drumming and songs with the world-renowned folkloric ensembles Los Munequitos and Afrocuba de Matanzas.

On returning, the UI Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble was formed by Cunliffe, Dreier and former UI Department of Dance visiting professor Daniel Stark.

Through the UI outreach program, Arts Share, the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble has performed concerts and lecture/demonstrations on campus and in schools and colleges throughout Iowa.

The ensemble studies the folkloric music and dance traditions of Cuba, which have greatly influenced the music of North America and other parts of the world. The styles studied by the group include rumba, guiro, bembe, palo, mozambique, conga de comparsa, arara and yesa.

Admission is free for UI students with a valid UI ID, $12 for adults and $6 for youth 17 and younger and senior citizens 65 and older $6, Tickets are available in advance from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, now located on the first floor of the south end of the Old Capitol Town Center near the parking ramp, is open for phone 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER, or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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