Latin@s Unidos de Stanford proudly presents:
A dance showcase that aims to promote the African heritage of Latin America. The showcase will be featuring off-campus professional ensembles from the Bay Area.
Los Soneros del Este
Los Soneros del Este is a Bay Area ensemble of musicians and dancers who specialized in son jarocho. Los Soneros revolving cast of performers are led by Russell Rodriguez and Chris Gonzalez Clarke, musicians who have developed rich collaborations with soneros on both sides of the US/Mexican border. A repertoire of jarocho music that is integral to the fandango--an interactive community-based experience of song and dance—is the foundation of Los Soneros’ sound. Los Soneros’ arrangements of traditional sones jarochos, are played on a variety of traditional instruments including the leona (bass), guitarra de son (melody guitar), jarana (rhythm guitar), quihada de caballo (jawbone), tarima (dancing platform), and pandero (tamborine-like percussive instrument).
Arenas Dance Company
Founded and directed by Ms. Susana Arenas Pedroso, Arenas Dance Company’s mission is to preserve and promote the rich and diverse Cuban folkloric and popular (i.e. social) dance traditions – from the percussive Arará to the sensual Rumba to the energetic Palo – making it accessible to wide audiences via performances and classes. Born from a commitment to educate and enrich the communities in which Ms. Pedroso lives, Arenas Dance Company inspires the hearts and minds of its audiences in the way it brings the history of Cuban dance and musical culture to life.
Aguacero is a performance and education project focusing on the traditions and creative expressions of Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance. Aguacero came together in 2006 as a collective of skilled Bay Area dancers, musicians, poets and songwriters practicing, studying, and performing Bomba and other Puerto Rican and Caribbean folkloric traditions. Aguacero carries out its vision to create and share new original works in Bomba and to affirm perspectives and expressions of the genre rooted in the teachings of our masters and ancestors. Shefali Shah is the founder and artistic director of Aguacero. Hector Lugo is the collective’s musical director and mentor.
Fogo Na Roupa
Founded in 1989 by Mestre Carlos Aceituno, Fogo na Roupa is an award-winning Brazilian Carnaval dance and percussion company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fogo na Roupa encompasses a diverse community of dancers, musicians and carnavalescos rooted in the study of Afro-Brazilian dance and percussion. Mestre
Aceituno developed one of the largest and strongest carnaval contingents (up to 200 dancers and drummers deep) that won multiple San Francisco Carnaval Grand Championships. Fogo brought infectious energy that set the crowd aflame every time it took to the streets or to the stage. In addition, Mestre Aceituno created a performing company known for its dazzling repertoire.
Kuumba African Dance and Drum Ensemble was created in the 1970s to expose and educate Stanford and surrounding communities about dance traditions of the African Diaspora. Our drumming component exhibits different drumming styles ranging from Ghanaian, Calypso,to Samba. The group performs at different events throughout the school year, culminating in Kuumba's Annual Spring Show in April or May. The goal of our Spring Show is to share love of dance and the work we have done throughout the year with the entire community, so that people can be exposed to different dance forms and culture in an enjoyable program.
Special Thanks to Our Co-Sponsors: El Centro Chicano, ASSU, Center for Latin American Studies, Cardinal Nights
Free event, everyone is welcome!
Parking on campus is free on the weekends.