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Silfredo La'o

Silfredo was a lead dancer with Cutumba. He's now living in the US and works with the Oberlin Dance Company in San Francisco. He teaches rumba and the haitian dances of Oriente, Cuba.

"For over thirty years, the internationally renown folkloric group CUTUMBA has been researching, collecting, conserving, revitalizing, and presenting the folkloric manifestations of Afro-Franco-Haitian-Cuban origin found primarily in Cuba’s eastern (Oriente) provinces."

Cutumba also does the full gamut of Yoruba, Congo, Abakwa and other African cultures in Cuba.


Back in L.A.! SILFREDO LA’O, formerly a lead dancer with Santiago de Cuba’s Ballet Folklorico CUTUMBA, presently dancer with San Francisco’s Oberlin Dance Company (ODC), will be giving an AFRO CUBAN DANCE WORKSHOP… 

Sunday, December 17, 6:30-8:00 pm at the DANCE ARTS ACADEMY, 731 South La Brea Ave., L.A. 90036. ($15) 

Live percussion accompaniment! Women! Bring full, long skirts!

For more information, call (323) 888-1756. 

(Have you thought about treating a friend to Silfredo La’O’s class as a holiday gift??)


SILFREDO LA’O will be back in Los Angeles, 7/15 & 7/16/2000

SILFREDO LA’O will be back in Los Angeles in July to give two dance classes of the AfroCuban traditions:

Saturday, July 15 –4:00-5:30 pm: ORIENTE FOLKLORE: Traditions which include the influence of Afro-haitian migrations to Cuba’s eastern region ($15)

Sunday, July 16 – 2:30-4:00 pm: OCCIDENTE FOLKLORE: Traditions dominant in western Cuba (Havana, Matanzas) ($15)

Live Percussion! Women! Bring long, full skirts!

DANCE ARTS ACADEMY: 731 S. La Brea Ave., L.A. 90036
For more information: Call (323) 888-1756

Silfredo, a former lead dancer of Santiago de Cuba’s renown folkloric company, CUTUMBA, presently dances with ODC (Oberlin Dance Company) of San Francisco.

La'o in LA, 3/25-26

SILFREDO LA’O is coming back to L.A. to give two master dance classes in Afro Cuban folklore. Formerly a lead dancer with Santiago de Cuba’s stellar folkloric company CUTUMBA, presently dancing with the Oberlin Dance Company of San Francisco, La’O will offer both classes in the large studio A of the beautiful, new DANCE ARTS ACADEMY located at 731 So. LaBrea Ave. (just south of Wilshire), Los Angeles 90036. Mark your calendars with these dates:

-Saturday, March 25, 2:00-4:00 pm ($20) - ORIENTE FOLKLORE, a class featuring the AfroHaitian influences in Cuban folklore.

-Sunday, March 26, 2:30-4:00 pm ($15) - RUMBA

For more information, call (323) 888-1756.

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