The Venezuelan Institute in Kingston is introducing traditional dance classes to Jamaicans free of cost, according to a Jamaica Information Service report.
Locals will be given trained in Joropo – a Venezuelan folk dance at no cost, Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Luisa Gutierrez, said.
“We want to show how the people in Venezuela dance Joropo. It is one of our folklore dances with the drums,” she said, adding that participants will learn other Latin dances, such as the meringue and salsa.
Joropo, which is executed in pairs, consists of 36 steps.
The institute will also offer complimentary Spanish and guitar classes to children and adults.
Gutierrez made the announcement during the Institute's 44th annual graduation ceremony held in Kingston.
Sixty students were awarded diplomas at the ceremony, which was conducted entirely in the Spanish. The graduates range from basic, intermediate, advanced and superior language skills.
Six children and four adults also received participation certificates for guitar.
Gutierrez said the programs contribute to Spanish language literacy as well as Latin American-Caribbean culture exchange.
Students can “make new friends and to improve their job performance,” the chargé d'Affaires. “It is not only about Venezuela. It is for all the Caribbean people,” she added.
She urged more Jamaicans to visit the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre in downtown Kingston to participate in activities. Gutierrez added the Venezuelan Institute is a gift to Jamaica from the Government and people of Venezuela.
Simón Bolívar, who wrote the famous 'Carta de Jamaica' or Letter of Jamaica, was exiled in Jamaica over 200 years ago.