Learn right here, right now a Haitian dance with Peniel Guerrier. Come to Djoniba Centre to take his class and learn many more steps and have a great time! Friday 6-7:30pm
The Haitian dance from the video: The dance shared with you that you can now learn and practice at home is a step from the dance named “Koyi”. It represents the mermaid Queen of the ocean named “Lasire”. She is beautiful, strong, and proud.
Haitian dance is a blend of African, Indian and French traditions. When Africans were brought to Haiti to work as slaves, they also carried with them their music, dance, religion, rituals, and customs. Over time, the African cultural traditions evolved and melded with the indigenous Indian and French cultures. Voodoo is at the root of Haitian dance. According to Haitian religion and folklore, the gods and goddess, called Loa or L’wa, created dance movements. Such movements encompass a broad range of dynamics from subtle to aggressive.
Peniel Guerrier began his formal dance training in 1987. Herve Maxi, the most prestigious teacher in Haiti, was impressed with his dancing and invited Peniel to study in his school. Subsequently Peniel danced with the National Dance Theatre for 8 years and toured all over the world: Venezuela, Paris, Hungary, Japan, Montreal, Germany, Santo Domingo, and the United States. During this time he also toured with the Baccoulou Dance Company.