9/12/96- 9/15/96 - Afro-Cuban Workshops in dance
and percussion, featuring members of Grupo AfroCuba, premiere
dancer Teresita Dome Perez and lead percussionist Ramon
Garcia Perez held at Tucson High School and the University
of Arizona Dance Division and School of Music.
5/5/97 to 5/10/97- Afro-Cuban Workshops in folkloric
dance and percussion featuring Regino Jiminez master drummer
of Danza Nacional de Cuba and Teresita Dome Perez premiere
dancer of Grupo Afro Cuba, held at the University of Arizona
Dance Division and School of Music, with performance at
"Tucson Meet Yourself," featuring guest artists and SAS
Cuban musical ensemble, Ache Pa' Tí.
11/4/97 to 11/6/97 - Salsa Mania Dance Workshops
in Salsa and Rueda de Casino- featuring six renowned dancers/educators
and staff from La Escuela Nacional De Artes ; Borja Jimenez,
Ramon Ramos, Mayra Milán Bruzón, Marilu Ramirez and Ariel
Oceguera, held at the University of Arizona Dance Division,
with presentation at local area schools. The project culminated
in a concert performance for students and the general public
at local club, El Parador featuring the guest artists with
SAS musical ensemble Ache Pa' Tí.
12/6/97 to 12/14/97 - Havana Club workshops in traditional
Cuban dance styles featured members of Conjunto Folkloric
Nacional De Cuba; Daisy Villalejo Ahmed Fernandez, Ariel
Oceguera, and Ernesto Cardenas, held at the University of
Arizona Dance Division, with presentation at local area
schools. Styles covered were folklore, son, danson, mambo,
cha cha cha, salsa and rueda de casino. Performance collaborations
with local SAS Cuban musical ensemble, Ache Pa' Tí, took
place at local club, El Parador.
6/20/98 to 6/27/98 - Salsa Mania II featured three
members of Conjunto Folkloric Nacional de Cuba; Daisy Villalejo,
Ariel Oceguera and Ernesto Cardenas, held at the University
of Arizona Dance Division, with presentations at local area
schools. Collaborative performances took place each weekend
of the project with guest artists and SAS Cuban musical
ensemble, Ache Pa' Tí.
12/98 - SAS sponsored five Tucson musicians from
local ensemble, Ache Pa' Tí. on a four week trip to Cuba
where they participated in a cultural exchange program studying
with prestigious Cuban musicians including, NG La Banda,
Los Van Van, Manolin, Issac Delgado, Chucho Valdez, Charanga
Habanera and Anais Abreau.
1/99 -SAS Cuban musical ensemble, Ache Pa' Tí invited
to perform at the Havana International Jazz Festival, in
a travel/study cultural exchange program. The cultural exchange
included studies and performances at the Jazz Festival with
Grupo Kilmax, Los Van Van, Bamboleo, Conjunto Folklorico
Nacional, Issac Delgado, Manolito Simoney, Paulito FG, Anais
Abreau, Charanga Habanera and Roy Hargrove.
3/21/99 to 5/22/99 - Salsa Suites - SAS musicians,
singers and dancers in collaboration with Sunnyside School
district in a project funded by the Arizona Commission on
the Arts, involving a six-week program in Sunnyside District
middle and high schools. The students learned fundamentals
of contemporary Cuban dance styles, orchestral and vocal
musical forms or charanga, son and salsa, performance techniques
and the importance of teamwork. This led to the formulation
of a junior salsa orchestra and dance group comprised completely
of students, which culminated in a concert performance for
students and parents at the school year end awards ceremony.
3/01/99 to 1/25/00 - Buena Vida Dance Club- Salsa
classes taught by Cuban dancer/choreographer/educator, Ernesto
Cardenas, held at the University of Arizona Dance Division,
with presentations at local area schools. Concert performances
were presented each weekend featuring the guest artist with
SAS ensemble, Ache Pa' Tí.
2/5/002 to 3/15/02 - Buena Vida Dance Club II -
Contemporary Cuban Dance styles taught by guest artist Ernesto
Cardenas. Workshops were held at the University of Arizona
Dance Division. The project culminated in a concert performance
at the Rialto Theater in collaboration with South By Southwest
Productions. Local SAS dance ensemble, Son Deseos opened
for Grupo Cubanismo. The dance ensemble consisted of Ernesto's
students, covered contemporary Cuban dance style, and featured
the choreography of Mr. Cardenas.
8/20/99 to 8/22/99 - Afro-Cubismo, workshops in
Afro-Cuban/Haitian styles in dance and percussion, featuring
twelve member, Grupo Ban Rra Rra held at the University
of Arizona Dance Division, with presentation at local area
schools. The project culminated in a two-hour concert performance
at the Rialto Theater to a sold out audience.
5/1/00 - In collaboration with CAL Productions ,SAS
produced a concert performance at the Rialto Theater by
the world- renowned fifteen member, Cuban, dance orchestra,
"Los Van Van."
6/9/00- SAS produced a concert performance at the
Rialto Theater featuring the highly acclaimed contemporary,
twelve member, Cuban, Timba orchestra, "Bamboleo."
3/22/01 to 3/29/01- Afro-Cuban/Haitian percussion
& Dance Workshops featuring three members of Grupo Ban Rra
Rra; Pedro Pablo Arango, Mirna Jimenez and Misael Maure,
held at the University of Arizona Dance Division, with presentations
at local area schools.
10/26/01 to 10/29/01 - Omo Oddara - (in collaboration
with non-profit organization, "First Day Project") Afro-Cuban
dance and percussion workshops, featuring six Cuban dancers/percussionists,
Jesus Alfonso, Teresita Perez, Susana Arenas, Miguel Bernal,
Jose Barroso and Sandy Perez, held at the Muse with concert
performance at the Rialto Theater and closing Rumba party
at El Casino Ballroom.
11/13/01 to 11/17/01- Afro-Cuban dance and song
workshops featuring world renowned Cuban artist, Felix Insua,
of Yoruba Andabo. The workshops were held in collaboration
with Barbea Williams. The project culminated in a closing
party, which featured solo performance by Mr. Insua demonstrating
the dances of the Yoruba deities.
3/10/02 to 3/23/02 - De La Rumba Al Son - workshops
in dance and song of the Afro-Cuban folklore traditions,
featuring Felix Insua, held at Zuzi's Little theater and
with presentations in numerous Tucson area schools. The
project included an opening reception and final concert
performance featuring the choreography of Mr. Insua and
including students from the project and local SAS Rumba
ensemble. In collaboration with local filmmaker and Community
Cable Member, Don Montrose, portions of the workshops and
performance were filmed for release as a documentary on
4/12/02 to 4/28/02 - Baila en Cuba - in collaboration
with Ramon Ramos Alayo, performer and educator from Escuela
Nacional De Artes, a travel/study dance program with immersion
into traditional Cuban culture in Havana, Cuba.
5/6/02 to 5/12/02 - Raices Cubanas - clinics in
Afro-Cuban folkloric percussion, song and dance from folklore
to contemporary styles held at "the muse." Members of the
group included Ramon Ramos Alayo, Susana Arenas, Rogelio
Kindelan Nordet, Ramon Perez, Teresita Domé Perez, José
Rojas Ramirez, Alain Amilcar Soto and Camille Steneck. The
project opened with a greeting reception, included presentations
at numerous Tucson area schools and culminated in a concert
performance held at Nation's Hall. The performance covered
the evolution of Cuban dance from the African influenced
folklore to contemporary Rueda de Casino and included participation
by students and SAS artists. In collaboration with local
filmmaker and Community Cable Member, Don Montrose, the
entire project was filmed with segments being aired on community
cable TV, throughout the summer and fall.
9/16/02 to 10-5-02 - “Elégbára” -
Participating visiting artists include Felix Insua of Yoruba
Andabo, Susana Arenas of Raices Profundas and Rogelio Kindelan
Nordet of Conjunto Folklorico Cutumba de Santiago. The
project provided educational outreach opportunities through
presentations at Native American and Tucson area schools,
focusing on underserved and marginalized communities.
We united people through shared experiences of participation
in dance workshops held at “the muse.” Dance
workshops featuring influences of African spirituality
in Cuban music and dance forms held at Pima Community College
and “Zuzi’s Move It Dance” and through
a concert presentation in the form of a theatrical dance
performance, depicting the legend of the Yoruba deity,
Eleggua, held at Zuzi’s Little Theater. The performance
included local dancers, musicians and arts organizations
providing exposure opportunities to the local arts community.
In collaboration with local filmmaker and Tucson Community
Access Cable Television Member, Don Montrose, portions
of the project were filmed with the finished project to
being aired on community cable TV.
2/17/03 to 2-22-03 - Workshops in Afro-Cuban Percussion,
Dance & Song with Juan De Dios Ramos, director of Conjunto
Folklorico Raices Profundas and Miguel Angel Bernal Nodal,
master percussionist of Raices Profundas. Workshops were
held at the SAS “Casa De Cultura and at the University
of Arizona School of Music. Tucson Community Access Cable
Television Member, Don Montrose, filmed portions of the
workshops and segments aired on community cable TV.
3/19/03 to 4/5/03 - Afro-Latino-Americas Festival - Sovereign
Arts in conjunction with Outward Visions, Rhythm & Roots,
Armory Park and Councilman, Steve Leal presented a series
of educational outreach events culminating in an all day
music festival free to the public. The outdoor Festival
held at Armory Park included local vendors and concert
performances and drew an estimated 2500 people. Featured
artists included the Oliver Lake Steel Quartet, Grupo Olorun,
The Lost Boys of Sudan, Mary Redhouse, Dom Minasi and Latino
Solido. Educational outreach programs were presented at
fifteen Tucson area schools and Pima Community College
and resulted in the formation of an educational committee,
comprised of dedicated members of the Tucson public school
4/10/03 to 4/11/03 - Ravi Coltrane Quartet
- This collaboration with partnering organization, Outward
Visions, Inc. brought Ravi, son of the legendary jazz icon,
John Coltrane, along with his quartet. The group presented
four educational interactive concerts for youth at Amphi
High School, Pueblo High School, Desert View High School
and the Armory Park Senior Center. The presentations included
improvisation by student rappers, singers and musicians
performing alongside the Ravi Coltrane Quartet.