Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Calpulli
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is dedicated to enriching the lives of students and teachers with its expertise in Mexican culture via dance and music. The organization employs the Blueprint for Dance by the NYC Department of Education and the Common Core. Teaching Artists include the following: Alberto Lopez (Artistic Director, co-Founder Calpulli) began his studies at the age of 6 in Puebla, Mexico, he completed training with the National Dance Institute and has choreographed works for more than 15 years; Grisel Pren (Dance Captain) began her studies in folk and classical dance at a young age at Casa de la Cultura in her hometown of Cancun, Mexico; Pilar Maez (Dance Captain) studied Dance at Sarah Lawrence College; Rafael Reyes (Dancer) completed the American Music and Dramatic Academy's Musical Theater Conservatory Program; and George Saenz (Musical Director) is a multi-instrumentalist from Laredo, Texas who studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Traditional Mexican Dance
Mexican dance residencies are developed in partnership with schools and in conjunction with classroom curriculum. Dances may include Hispanic dances such as those from the patriotic state of Jalisco with its bright Mariachi music and the Gulf Coast of Mexico with its Caribbean influence. Students will be introduced to Mexican dances, as well as related Spanish vocabulary and folk terms. The residency will conclude with a culminating student performance demonstration. Professional children's costumes are available for rental for use during the residency. For All Ages!
Traditional Dress Making for Mexican Dance
Alberto Lopez leads an interactive workshop in the craft of producing folkloric dresses. From bundles of cloth, Mr. Lopez produces stunning dresses representative of Mexico. The workshop is targeted for a mature audience. It may serve as a complimentary program while children participate in workshops. For All Ages!