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The Arts of Latin America

Travel through the diverse cultures of Latin America, as represented by artists from Ecuador, Cuba, Bolivia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and California. Enjoy art rich in both tradition and innovation.

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Learn the basics of four Latin dances: Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha
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Learn new moves for four Latin dances: the Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, and Cha Cha Cha
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Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments
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Compare and contrast the music and movement of traditional Mexican dances.
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Tambuco performs a repertoire ranging from structuralist percussion music to ethnic drum music and avante garde sound interpretations
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Follow Venezuelan hip-hop dancers as they tour Philly, NYC and DC
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A 2009 NEA Heritage Award winner, the Puerto Rican composer, arranger, and director is best known as a musician with a passion for the cuatro, a guitar-like instrument with five sets of double strings.
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This ensemble from San Diego’s Chula Vista High School is considered one of the best student mariachi groups in the country.
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El Salvadoran Pepe Reyes began singing ranchera music at the age of seven and has dedicated his life to the music he loves. He regularly brings his band, The Mariachi Cuscatlan Orchestra, to the U.S and this is his first Millennium Stage performance. Washington, D.C.
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The Bolivian musicians may practice Bach and other classical music at home, but they were eager to share their interpretation of traditional Bolivian music during their performance at the Kennedy Center.
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Along the Texas-Mexican border in the 19th century, Mexicans, Native Americans, and Anglo-Americans living in the region intermingled with European immigrants looking for new opportunities. The clash and fusion of multiple languages and traditions resulted in a distinct "Tejano" culture.
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In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing.
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Compare the artistic and cultural traditions of the U.S. celebration of Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead.
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Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations. Each group will research and present one dance.
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In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures.
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Much of Mexican art at the beginning of the 20th century was influenced by or created in response to historical events.
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Students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger with lyrics from a poem by Jose Marti.
This Day in the Arts
December 11, 1916: Pérez Prado is born in Mantanzas, Cuba
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