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Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance
Celebrando 2007 - 10th Anniversary Maestros Reunion
Workshop with Joaquin Nieves & Guateque

This year's Celebrando 2007 brings to life Puerto Rico's cultural traditions with a production that celebrates the 10th anniversary of Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance! With this project we bring back four beloved Maestros, recognized experts with over 30 years of tenure in Puerto Rican folklore, for master-level music and dance workshops of Puerto Rico's traditional styles and a culminating performance including Modesto Cepeda (Director, Escuela de Bomba y Plena), Joaqin Nieves (Director, Guateque Ballet Folklorico de Puerto Rico), Dr. Emanuel Dufrasne-Gonzalez, (renowned Puerto Rican ethnomusicologist and Director of Paracumbe), and Nelie Lebron-Robles (Director of Paracumbe). The Maestros are delighted to be part of this project, not only because they are proud of PRFDance's growth over the last decade during which they have been training PRFDance's Director, but also because, for each of these Maestros this will be the second project with PRFDance. They are looking forward to the opportunity to return to Austin to personally reengage with our entire company, and to refresh and advance our training in Bomba, Plena, Bailes de las Montanas, and Bailes de Salon.

With an exciting and ambitious project in the plan, we started things off on March 22-26, 2007, when we were honored to bring the first of the four Maestros Joaquin Nieves, Director of Guateque de Puerto Rico, and members of his company (a cuatrista, a guitarista, and more guys to dance with) to Austin for a week-long, master-level workshop on Bailes de Salon (Danza, Mazurka, Vals) and fun dramatized estampas set to Plena and Seis music. Joaquin has been training PRFDance Director since 1999 and enjoyed returning to Austin to see the growth in the company. He said that the repertorio we have built here in 10 years took him 20 to build for his own company. Enjoy the memories of our exciting workshop while we polish up for the next phase our our project -- when Joaquin and company returns, and Modesto Cepeda and Paracumbe arrive for more workshop fun and our joint performance of Celebrando 2007 - 10 Year Anniversary Maestros Reunion on June 23-24, 2007.

The Team - Guateque & PRFDance Director (with son)

We did it!!

For more information:
Dr. Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Cultural Center Address: 701 Tillery Street #13, Austin TX 78702-3738 (Map & Directions)
Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728-4555
Phone: +1.512.251.8122      Email: dance@prfdance.org          Web: www.prfdance.org     
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