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Cha Cha Cha & Danzas Ceremonales: Latin America Through Dance!

September 23, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Join us for this family-friendly event at The Art Center Highland Park for an exciting event that pays homage to the vibrant and colorful dances of Latin America. Immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats and energetic movements that define the rich cultural heritage of Hispanic communities. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to experience the magic of Latin American dances! Program will include a participatory art activity led by Urban Gateways Staff!

Cha Cha Cha & Danzas Ceremonales: Latin America Through Dance!
@ The Art Center Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Rd Highland Park, IL 60035

12:00 – Danzas Ceremoniales de Mexico by Nahui Ollin

Experience the living tradition of Mesoamerica with Nahui Ollin as they present the pre-Hispanic traditions of central Mexico. Vibrant and active, the dancers’ movements represent and honor elements in nature, totem animals, deities and sacred actions. Both ritualistic and spiritualistic, program highlights include authentic attire and indigenous music instrumentation, traditional songs and stories. This show also explores how we are all connected with this culture through food, language, people, places, and words we all use.

1:00 – Cha Cha Cha: Latin American Dances by Nelson and Paola Sosa

Nelson Sosa, longtime Urban Gateways performer with show La Bamba: Latin American Journey, is back with a new performance featuring Paola Sosa. Cha Cha Cha takes the same trip made through Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean, but adds the most valuable ingredient: Latin Dances. This show not only features the artistry and energy of Nelson and Paola, but also makes the audience a part of it all!

The audience learns how Latin dances hail from several different countries and most have influences that range far beyond Latin America. Some dances are easier to learn than others, but all Latin dances have a flair that both spectators and dancers alike adore. In this show the audience participation comes in two different directions. While a group of students learn how to play instruments for Latin Rhythms, another group learns how to dance basic steps of Cumbia, Merengue, Cha Cha Cha, Bachata and Polka. The idea is to play and dance while they learn about the countries in Latin America. Students learn where the countries are located, which is their flag, and what are the typical instruments used on each rhythm. The audience will also recognize the importance of other cultures in Latin rhythms, such as African and European.

In Partnership with
Made possible by

The Trillium Foundation