Latin Ballet of Virginia Opens Master Class Series

Ana Ines King

Charlottesville, Va. - Piedmont Virginia Community College's Master Class series for the 2014-15 Fine Arts and Performance season begins Saturday, Sept. 20, from noon until 2 p.m. with a class taught by members of the Latin Ballet of Virginia. The class will cover aspects of flamenco, capoeira and salsa styles of dance and is suitable for dancers with all levels of experience.

Ana Ines King and Meoleaeke Arebreane Jones combine their dance knowledge and experience to introduce participants to the rich and diverse culture of the Hispanic people.

Spanish flamenco is characterized by percussive foot movements, hand-clapping and precise movements of the arms and torso. Salsa, a popular social dance with roots in many Latin cultures, involves hip movements and highly regulated stepping patterns to the beat of the music. Brazilian capoeira is a high-energy martial art that combines dance, acrobatics and music.

King is the founder and artistic director of the Latin Ballet of Virginia. She has over twenty years of experience teaching, directing and performing in South America and the United States. She teaches flamenco, Latin American and Caribbean dances and Latin jazz for the Latin Ballet of Virginia schools of dance.

Jones has been a member of the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s professional dance company since 1999 and is an instructor of capoeira and hip-hop dance through its educational programs. His studies under famed capoeira master Cobra Mansa led him to perform in New York City where he was described as offering “a powerful solo in which his twisting motions became signs of turbulent and unquenchable passions” (New York Times). 

The class takes place in the Main Stage Theatre of the V. Earl Dickinson Building and costs $10 per participant. Students should wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement.

For more information or to register for the class, call the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376, email boxoffice@pvcc.edu or log on to www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.