Son Latino Presents: FRANKIE MARTINEZ Weekender!!!

October 3rd - 4th, 2015

Doors open: 2:00 PM
Event begins: 2:00 PM
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We are thrilled to announce that the one and only, Mr. Frankie Martinez will be in Portland for a full weekend of workshops and dancing, October 3 - 4! 2 days of workshops, 2 nights of dancing, a special performance & much more!

Get ready to be blown away!

Frankie is one of New York City's most celebrated artists/instructors and is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and renown Latin contemporary dancers of our time. He is also who we consider one of the most musically connected artists in Afro-Latin dance.

Frankie’s exploration into the Afro-Caribbean roots of his performance art and the choreographic possibilities native to Latin/Afro-Latin dance positions him as one of the foremost authorities in the genre. He is the leader of the Afro-Latin Funk Movement - a concept which answers the question of what would Latin dance be if a disciplined training method were applied.

If you've been craving to deepen your understanding of musicality, this is a very unique opportunity to do so! Frankie travels mostly internationally and is very rarely on the West coast, so take advantage of this amazing opportunity! So SAVE THE DATE, and REGISTER FAST! (Some spots are already gone). His workshops are some of the most sought out around the world and sell out quickly!

You are welcome to attend ANY & ALL parts of this event!


SAT Night Social:
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM @ Norse Hall - Grand Ballroom.
111 NE 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97232
***Special performance by Frankie.***

SUN Social:
6:00 - 9:00 PM @ OnDeck Sports Bar & Grill (Deck area).
910 NW 14th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
***Guest DJ Frankie Martinez***


All workshops will be held @ Dance Fit Oregon (studio inside the Cedar HillsMall) 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Suite 51, Beaverton, OR 97005

Workshop #1

"Can You Handle the Truth"
SAT : 2:00 - 3:00 PM

This workshop will delve deep into what Frankie Martinez calls "the truth", the cha cha cha. Anyone hoping to understand Latin music and dance at any level of depth must explore the cha cha cha. It has been called the bride of the Mambo. It's slower structure forces us to to deal with empty space between beats. This idea makes it one of the most difficult things for the aspiring dancer to master for it requires a sharp and disciplined ear and a control of movement that expresses the process of travel from beat to beat. The first half of this workshop will deal with open footwork and theory and the 2nd half will be devoted to partnerwork and improvisation.

Workshop #2

"The Godfather of Soul":
Pachanga Bootcamp
SAT : 3:30 - 4:30 PM

The Popularity of the Pachanga has grown to great height recently and with this growth it has also become a watered down shell of what is its great potential. This will be a masterfully crafted training session full of exercises and instruction to develop the 3 core facets of the ever complicated concept that is the Pachanga. The Dig, the Chuck, and as James Brown called it, "the Mashed Potato" the all important missing element in todays manifestation of the Pachanga. Not only will you learn the exercises and training methods but also how to increase them to continue to reap benefits for years to come and further refine your Pachanga into a beautifully soulful and natural compliment to your Dance repertoire.