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Join us as we celebrate Colombia’s independence and Afro-Colombian heritage! Colombia has the second largest population of Afro-Descendant peoples in Latin America. Many Colombian traditional dances are a merging of Native, African and European cultures. Come learn an array of high-energy dances from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Colombia,where most Afro-Colombians live and where African influence is strongest. Dances include Cumbia, Bullerenge, Puya, Seresese and Mapalé.  This workshop is for everyone who loves to dance!

DANIEL FETECUA SOTO is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and producer. He holds a BFA from Folkwang-University of the Arts, (Germany). He has appeared as guest artist in Pina Bausch’s masterpieces, Rite of Spring and Tannhäuser. Mr. Fetecua has been a soloist member of the Limón Dance Company for ten years (2006-2016). He is the founder and artistic director of two dance companies: Pajarillo Pinta’o, a dance company that preserves and promotes the Colombian traditional dances and D-Moves, a contemporary dance project that combines Colombian traditions, Modern Dance and German TanzTheater. His collaborations include “Amalgama” with musician and composer Pablo Mayor and “Wolf: A Transformation,” a piece by Rosalie Jones/Daystar from whom Daniel holds the rights to the performance, preservation and promotion of the piece. He is co-artistic director of CumbiaForKids/CumbiaForAll with Folklore Urbano/Pablo Mayor as well as a resident choreographer of ID Studio Theatre and Teatro SEA for which he has choreographed “Sueño” and “La Gloria: A Latin Cabaret.” For La Gloria, Fetecua recently won a HOLA award for Best Choreography. He is also the Producer and Artistic Director of LATITUDES DANCE FESTIVAL, an exciting and brand-new, NYC based platform that promotes and presents Latino American companies and choreographers from around the world. www.latitudesnyc.comwww.pajarillopintao.org.