Dancing for the Gods
August 2017

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Dancing for the Gods

An AfroCuban & AfroBrazilian Oricha Movement Retreat

August 13, 2017 – August 18, 2017
Rhinebeck, NY
Kimberly Miguel Mullen
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SM17-3805-943Kimberly Miguel Mullen,

Take an inspirational journey through the African diaspora and cultivate a deeper body awareness through the interplay of rhythm, song, and dance.

Guided by dance artist and cultural ethnologist Kimberly Miguel Mullen, you experience how dancing for the Orichas—gods in the African Yoruba, Arara, and Congo traditions—can inspire transformation.

Through an accessible and relatable approach to dancing that builds through progressions, sequencing, and center work—as well as through readings and video observations—you learn about the social, historical, cultural, archetypal, and mythological significance of these dances while you:

  • Increase coordination, flexibility, and control over individual body parts
  • Develop confidence and a solid body-mind connection
  • Generate a better sense of physical alignment and core strength
  • Gain a stronger sense of musicality, rhythm, and timing
  • Learn sacred songs and practice singing while dancing
  • Connect with your breath and the present moment

You can also expect a lot of fun as you explore how to connect to yourself, others, and unseen forces and energies through movement. All bodies, ages, and fitness levels are welcome; no previous experience is necessary.

More Information

Faculty recommends you read this thesis, Dancing for the Orichas: Performing AfroCuban Folkloric Ritual Dances, in preparation for the course.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–8:20 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Celebrating Community or Centering Into the Omega Experience
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 877.944.2002 for details.

Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.

Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.


Kimberly Miguel Mullen, MA, is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and dance ethnologist. Described as "spectacularly supple" by the Los Angeles Times, she is creator of a number of dance fitness DVDs, including Brazilian Body and Latin Groove Let's Dance. She teaches workshop, retreats, and cultural immersion programs worldwide. kimberlymiguelmullen.com