About Us

CLAVES UNIDOS presents dance productions and events that are life and community-affirming including a free African Roots Community Dance Class on Saturday mornings at Dogtown Dance Theatre at 9am. It is a ‘kinetic tour’ of African influenced dances ‘between the back yard and the Caribbean’.

The ‘clave’ or ‘key’ is the basic African rhythm found in many of the best known forms of Latin American music. It came from Africa and, by way of Cuba, informed music throughout the world. All forms of music have an underlying rhythmic base. Through acknowledging and celebrating the similarities and differences of those rhythms and the people behind them, we demonstrate how closely-related we are no matter where we are from.

Through the CLAVES UNIDOS experience (rough translation: United Rhythms) participants discover, share and celebrate the historical, political and social connections of African dances. It is full-bodied, globally-inspired, historically-based and fun for various ages and abilities.

We are available to facilitate community dance classes and workshops, gallery performances, full-length concert work and a variety of dance-related events.