Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
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 of the NYC Department of Education and the Common Core. Teaching Artists include: Alberto Lopez (Artistic Director, co-Founder Calpulli) who began his studies at the age of 6 in Puebla, Mexico, completed training with the National Dance Institute, and has choreographed for more than 15 years; Grisel Pren (Dance Captain) who 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) who studied Dance at Sarah Lawrence College; Rafael Reyes (Dancer) who completed the American Music and Dramatic Academy’s Musical Theater Conservatory Program; and George Saenz (Musical Director) who is a multi-instrumentalist from Laredo, Texas and studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
ASSEMBLY, WORKSHOP, AND RESIDENCY DESCRIPTION
Traditional Mexican Dance Assembly In Person, Virtual
FTH teaching artist Alberto Lopez, with his Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, presents traditional Hispanic dances such as those from the state of Jalisco with its bright Mariachi music and the Gulf Coast of Mexico with its Caribbean influence. This assembly can be adapted into a live virtual assembly which includes a performance video of Calpulli, as well as Alberto leading a discussion on the history, geography, and culture of Mexico’s regional areas (traditions, dress, songs, foods, and more).
Traditional Mexican Dance Workshop/Residency In Person, Virtual
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 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 to rent for use during the residency. For all ages!
Traditional Dress Making for Mexican Dance Workshop In Person
FTH teaching artist Alberto Lopez leads an interactive workshop in the craft of producing folkloric dresses. From bundles of cloth, Alberto Lopez produces stunning dresses representative of Mexico. The workshop is targeted at a mature audience. It may serve as a complementary program while children participate in workshops. For all ages!