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Aztec Dance & Music

Participate in this program to learn some dance and music based on the Aztec culture.

Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards

(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)

 9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts A, W, R

 9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts A, W, R

15.4 Learning Through Experience A, W, R

25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults W, R

25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers W, R

Art Form(s): Dance

Genre: Multicultural

Instrument(s): Dance

Assembly, Workshop, and Residency Offerings

Aztec Dance & Music Assembly

Participants would learn some dance and music based on the Aztec culture. Our music and dance steps are counted 4x4 times meaning 4 times is one beat and 4 times another beat, as well as with the changes of steps, we go left and right as well as front and back.

Best for: Grades K-12

Also available as a Workshop or Residency!

Featuring: Ollin Yolztli Calmecac

The mission of Ollin Yolztli Calmecac (OYC) is to investigate, understand and raise awareness of the Mexicayotl culture, which flourished in Mexico prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1492.

The members of OYC come from various parts of Mexico. Some are new to the U.S. and some have been here many years. The group was founded by Daniel Chico Lorenzo and Brujo de la Mancha in 2003. Daniel has extensive knowledge of ancient Mexican culture and languages. His first language was Nahuatl, one of the main Indigenous languages spoken in Mexico. Brujo de la Mancha is a multidisciplinary, self-taught artist who helped Daniel in the process of creating and building OYC.  As the first Aztec dance troupe in Philadelphia, OYC evolved into a not-for-profit organization. Brujo learned the traditional Aztec dance and drumming from Daniel, as well as other elders of the Mexica tradition who have participated in OYC's Master Artist in Residence Program (MARP).  Since Daniel Chico's 2006 departure to his hometown in Puebla, Mexico, Brujo has taken on the role of Artistic and Executive Director of the organization, further strengthening the mission to investigate, understand and raise awareness of the Mexicayotl culture.

Joined Musicopia: 2023

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