For the third year in a row, Ana and Chet Alexander, founders of the not-for-profit, Nityananda Center, will once again be bringing their beloved multi-cultural dance festival, to Miami.
Thanks to the Alexanders, professional folkloric dancers from all over the world are coming together for one night to honor their country’s heritage and culture. This is the only event of its kind that features dancers from diverse nationalities performing under one roof.
This year’s festival will include 17 performances by the following countries: (in alphabetical order)
Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, India, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Native American, Peru, Spain, Thailand, United States and Venezuela.
“Now is the perfect time for a multi-cultural dance festival. Our country needs unity,” said Chet Alexander.
“We need to honor the world’s cultures. People need positive messages and this event is the answer,” Ana Alexander added.
A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Call 786-333-1557.
One World Soul of Dance is presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.
Participating dance groups include:
China—International Martial Arts Temple
International Martial Arts Temple (IMAT) was founded in the 70’s in England and started in Miami in 2009, with the opening of Nityananda Center in Coconut Grove. Students are exposed to different Martial Art styles from China, like Chi Gong, Kung Fu and Taoist teachings. From the beginning IMAT has helped hundreds of young women and men to become leaders and to grow in health, character and as compassionate human beings. Many students have founded their own schools in different parts of the world keeping the IMAT traditions alive.
Shortip Kutil (Lady Nuu) trained in Thailand at the Dramatic Arts College in Bangkok.
As she progressed in her training her teachers hand picked students to dance for the Thailand Ministry of Culture as a welcome committee for visiting dignitaries, and Thai Government. Lady Nuu was one of the students chosen to perform for the King of Thailand and visiting dignitaries such as the Queen of Denmark, Japanese Ministers and many more.
Sikan will take the audience on a tour of traditional Cuban salon dances including Rumba, a mixture of Spanish European and African influences such as Yoruba, Congo and Carabali, by way of the 19th century “Solares Habaneros”. Sikan will demonstrate one of the maximum expressions of joy and enthusiastic traditional celebration through the syncopated and poly-rhythmic sounds of the Cuban wooded flip flops accompanied by drums.
Native America—American Indian Association of Florida
The AIA, a 501c3 organization, was founded to promote and care for American Indian inter-tribal social and cultural needs through social gatherings, educational programs and special events. The AIA seeks to provide a social and cultural awareness center representing all Indian tribes of the Western Hemisphere, provide assistance to Native Americans and the surrounding communities, promote respect for the elders and guidance for the young, support the preservation of wildlife and the environment, promote and preserve the AIA Orlando Powwow as a paramount educational and cultural event.
Bolivia—Bolivia Mágica Ballet Folklorico
Founded in 1992, Bolvia Mágica Ballet Folklorico has been a key pillar in promoting Bolivian culture and traditions in Miami. Bolivia Mágica has been recognized by their dances, costumes and music. It celebrates 20 years as an artistic organization.
Mexico—Grupo Folklórico Timanatí
Timanati means ‘The best’, ‘The winner’, ‘The victorious one’ in Náhuatl. Náhuatl is a group of Aztec languages spoken by an estimated 1.5 million Nahua people, the majority living in central Mexico. Some of the regions where Nahuatl is spoken are in the State of Mexico are as follow: Puebla, Veracruz, Hidalgo, Guerrero, Morelos, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Durango and many more. Each region has a unique dance.
Chile—Gestión Danza de la Frontera
The Chilean ‘Cueca’ is the official National Dance of Chile. It represents the passion of its people and the union of man and woman in a intense ritual. Its inspiration, composition and development the Cueca relates the human being with his surroundings, feelings and visions. From costume to melody, of European and African origin, Cueca celebrates the love of being alive and the life force that gives hope and understanding as well as humility and commitment to freedom.
Spain & Basque Country—Baila Flamenco Dance Company
Esther Pardo and Edwin Suarez have recently ended two International tours with the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet as dancers and choreographers. They have also danced with the Florida Grand Opera, Ballet La Rosa and La Truco. Esther and Edwin With Hispanic Flamenco Ballet Ensemble founded BAILA FLAMENCO DANCE STUDIO, a project that provides educational experiences through classes, workshops
Haiti—NSL Dance Ensemble
NSL Danse Ensemble is a product of Haitian Arts and Culture for Children.
It began in 2009. It is based at the little Haiti Cultural Arts Center.
The dancers used to be part of a summer program at the center and are now in high school and college, and still growing and performing traditional Haitian Dance throughout Miami.
“Marinera 305” is the dance academy of Marinera Norteña, the studio is centrally located in the heart of Kendall . Marcelo Fernandez is a Peruvian dancer, teacher, and director. He learned to dance Marinera Norteña in Peru and danced professionally there for many years. He took his talent to the United States and formed “Marinera 305” in 2014.
Venezuela—Venezuela Danza y Tambor
Venezuela Danza y Tambor made their first public appearance in 2008. Created with the intention of bringing the dance of the drums to the great festivals of South Florida, USA. They merge different rhythms, songs and tunes from different parts of Venezuela where these customs and traditions are performed. Venezuela Danza y Tambor is considered today as the best group of its kind that express their culture outside of Venezuela. They have appeared in several different television programs, radio stations and magazines across South Florida.
WHAT: One World Soul of Dance—Multicultural Folkloric Dance Festival
WHEN: Friday, October 20 TIME: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Historic Scottish Rite Temple, 471 NW 3rd Street, Miami, Florida
TICKETS: $25 INFO: Call 786-333-1557