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Retumba

¡Retumba!

¡Retumba! Afro-Carribean Dance ¡Retumba! is a multi-ethnic all-female music and dance ensemble founded in March 1981 by Artistic Director Yvette Martinez and Musical Director Nancy Friedman in celebration of Women’s History month. Interweaving traditional rhythms and beautiful ancient melodies with its very own unique interpretation, ¡Retumba! bases its work on the music and dance of […]

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Peter Bogdanos

Peter Bogdanos

Peter Basil Bogdanos Co-founder, Executive Director Mexico Beyond Mariachi; Flamenco, Latin percussion Formally trained as a multi-percussionist, Peter has been performing and teaching for the past 20 years. In addition to being a staff percussionist for Motown Records and most recently touring as a percussionist for critically acclaimed flamenco group Noche Flamenca, Peter finds his […]

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Nami Kagami

Nami Kagami

Nami Kagami Modern and Dance Composition Nami Kagami started to work as a Teaching Assistant for Rod Rodgers in ArtsConnection programs in 1999. She utilized her gift for imparting a love and understanding of dance to young people in New York City’s public school system. She has been an Assistant for Ms. Kim Grier-Martinez in […]

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Martita Goshen

Martita Goshen

Martita Goshen Dance (Creative Movement) Martita is an experienced dancer, choreographer, director, and teacher with a proven track record of deepening ecological literacy through movement projects that highlight and integrate whole body mind approach. Extensive experience in social reform initiatives which include creating a non-profit organization, Turtles, Inc. and Earthworks that is known for its […]

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Marcos Granados

Marco Granados

Marco Granados Marco Granados epitomizes the 21st century musician, having maintained a versatile career as an innovative chamber musician, an international concerto and recital soloist, and a lead teaching artist and educator. He is one of the world’s leading flutists on Latin American music, and his diverse repertoire spans from folk to classical music. Since […]

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Dionne Kamara

Dionne Kamara

Dionne Kamara Dance (Creative Movement) Dionne is a New York City based dance educator who teaches dance to people of all ages nationally and internationally, including in her work with ArtsConnection since 2002. Her teaching practice and methodology builds on the work of Anne Green Gilbert and is grounded in Brain Compatible Dance Education and […]

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Chigui

Amparo Chigui Santiago 

Amparo Chigui Santiago  Dance (West African, Yoga) Amparo Chigui Santiago has worked as a principle dancer with Contemporary and African based dance companies like Chuck Davis, Fred Benjamin, and others. Chigui has been trained in many different forms of dance techniques, from Ballet to African, participated in workshops all over the work, and worked with […]

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Ron Sopyla

Ron Sopyla

Ronald Sopyla Theater/Puppetry Solo performer (puppetry and storytelling) Ronald Sopyla uses a combination of storytelling and shadow puppetry to bring to life folktales, fairytales and myths from cultures around the world. Ronald develops his stories and designs his puppets based on research into the storytelling and folk art traditions of the cultures from which the […]

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Alda

Alda Reuter

Alda Reuter Co-founder, Artistic Director Mexico Beyond Mariachi; Dance, Flute, Percussion, Vocals A gifted dancer and accomplished percussionist, Alda brings unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm for the folk traditions of Mexico to every performance. As an educator, her experience and compassion have been valued by many arts organizations, teachers and students. Creating a productive environment that […]

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Jojo Gonzalez (1)

Jojo Gonzalez

Jojo Gonzalez Theatre (Early Elementary, Creative Dramatics/Devising/Playmaking, Musical Theater, Shakespeare/Classic Theater) Jojo Gonzalez is a veteran Teaching Artist and Actor. As a Teaching Artist, he has collaborated with countless children all over the city to create original theatrical presentations based on the children’s imagination. In 2014, he received the Janklow Award for his commitment to […]

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