Ife-Ile Afro-Cuban Dance Festival has kept Cuban culture swaying and shaking to the sound of the bata drums right here in Miami. August 14 through 19, it will return to the Koubek Center with orisha-worshipping performances and workshops by dance companies Ife-Ile, Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, and Ban Rarra. Its must-attend academic conference is hosted by HistoryMiami Museum and titled "Following the Steps of the Orishas: Afro-Cuban Spirituality in Urban Spaces.” The kids will be occupied at a three-day children’s camp while you watch company director Neri Torres’ choreography on display. 8 a.m. Monday at Koubek Center, 2705 SW Third St., Miami; 305-284-6001; ife-ile.org. Admission costs $20 to $220.
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