Melvis first revealed her innate vocal and stage skills performing at home, joining church choirs, and in local Afro Cuban musical ceremonies in the neighborhood where she grew up. She was introduced to the Bel Canto technique and Choral Singing during her college years. She continued developing as a vocalist studying with members of the Opera Nacional de Cuba. After launching her career as a solo artist, Melvis has brought her vocal skills and musical concept into a new dimension, in which she reconnects with her roots exploring the vast Afro Cuban, traditional and popular legacy of Cuban music.
AFRO CUBAN VOICE THERAPY
Melvis is the creator of the Afro Cuban Voice Therapy program. A group singing class that explores rhythms and songs from the folkloric and popular traditions of Cuba. Encompassing both oral traditions and academic methodology, Melvis works in a group setting towards a collective sound, with additional focus on rhythm, harmony and vocal technique. Within a musical and communal environment, this class introduces participants to the art of choral singing and performance. Afro Cuban Voice Therapy is open to any individual that enjoys diaspora culture, music and singing. No experience necessary.
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TUESDAYS: Afro Cuban Voice Therapy (Winter Series January 9 – Jan 30)
Time: 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: Teatro LATEA 107 Suffolk Street, Room #202. New York, NY 10002
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Beginning at the tender age of 7 Melvis started developing as a singer and an entertainer at the Elementary School of Music Manuel Saumell in Havana, where she studied piano. She continued at the prestigious Conservatory Amadeo Roldan, where she also began Music Theory and Pedagogy. At the age of 14, Melvis made a splash in the popular music scene as one of the founders of the award winning acapella quartet Sexto Sentido, deemed by Cuban music legend Chucho Valdés as “the best Cuban vocal quartet of the last 30 years”. After a fruitful period with the group, Melvis appeared as one of the lead vocalist of the seminal fusion band Interactivo, touring, performing, recording, collaborating with many artists as well as conducting workshops across the globe.
Santa has managed to find time to offer Music and Piano lessons aside her performance development. She has taught at The National School of Arts (E.N.A.) and at Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music. Melvis truly enjoys working with students of all ages and levels, especially with kids and teens while helping unlock each student`s potential.
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Melvis Santa started her dance career as a Modern and Afro Cuban folklore student at the prestigious company Danza Contemporánea de Cuba in 1998, where she was an honorary member of the International Workshops Cubadanza for more than 10 years. She began touring with Santiago Alfonso and Cabaret Tropicana in 2002. Since then she has performed with companies and artists worldwide. Melvis continued deepening her study of Modern dance by learning other techniques at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, in New York. Alongside, she continued studying a variety of Afro Cuban folkloric dance styles with Dany La Mora Pérez and Oyu Oro (Santiago de Cuba), Ana Pérez and Reynaldo González (members of the legendary groups Afro Cuba de Matanzas and Muñequitos de Matanzas respectively) Xiomara Rodríguez ( and Gilset Mora (Raices Profundas, Havana). Melvis is currently collaborating with Yesenia Selier and Global Rhythms cultural enterprise as a performer and instructor.
Melvis has been teaching dance workshops in Europe and across the US since 2005, including prestigious institutions such as the University of Tulane in New Orleans, Spence School, New York University and Yale University. With the mission of serving as an educational inspiration to others, she has worked successfully with children, youth and adults of diverse cultural backgrounds. Her classes focus on understanding the relationship between rhythm, sound and movement, while acknowledging the history and cultural contexts of these immensely rich traditions. She teaches and trains privately in New York, specializing in Cuban Popular Dance and Afro Cuban folklore.
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