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