Our Artist Company

Amir Bey
Amir Bey
Visual Art

Amir Bey

Amir began organizing exhibitions as the gallery curator at Bronx River Art Center and Gallery in 1989, where he served in that capacity for ten years. In addition, Mr. Bey has been the curator at other venues in the New York City area, including the Bronx Museum, The Brecht Forum, and The Emerging Collector. Mr. Bey is a working visual artist, with solo exhibitions at Gallery Saoh and Gallery Aquaqua in Tokyo Japan, as well as many venues across New York City. Mr. Bey has been working with Young Audiences New York for over ten years.
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Alastair King
Music

Alastair King

I love showing children what they can learn through music, dance and drama. Whenever I am directing a show with children, I am inspired by their originality. I am looking forward to helping children experience where collaboration can take them.
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Alda Reuter
Alda Reuter
Storytelling / Dance

Alda Reuter

Alda is the Artistic Director and co-founder of “Mexico beyond Mariachi” and co-founder of “Rhythm of the Arts.” The company performs Arts in Education Residencies, Lecture demonstrations as well as full-scale productions bringing an appreciation of folklore, culture, and traditions of the world to thousands of young students and audiences of all ages.While my artistic background is rooted in traditional music and dance forms, I believe that as an artist it behooves me to understand past traditions, but not treat them as though they are an unmovable museum piece. It is important for me to stay present and available to new ideas and new ways of seeing and experiencing artistic expression. I embrace the fact that cultures are in a constant state and I am excited at the prospect of new ideas mixing with the old.My work is well known among prominent Arts-in-Education Organizations. As a dance educator and performer, I am currently part of the roster of Arts Connection, Ballet Hispanico, Midori & Friends, Young Audiences New Jersey, Young Audiences New York, Global Arts, Community Works, and many others.
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Alexander Shapiro
Visual Art

Alexander Shapiro

The most meaningful thing to me is the possibility of being a meaningful part of the arts and creative education of students who will build all of our futures. Giving students the opportunity to learn how to develop and bring creativity to all their future artistic/academic/vocational endeavors is what is exciting.
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Alexeis Reyes
Alexeis Reyes
Digital Media

Alexeis Reyes

I am a multi-disciplinary artist. I was born in Cuba. I live and work in the Bronx these days. I started with YANY in the Fall 2017. I developed a teaching approach that contributes to, supports, challenges, or otherwise broadens participants’ understanding of art-making, and its impact in the world within a larger framework of related critical questions and ideas. By incorporating in some way, both the Common Core and the BluePrint for Literacy in the Arts, I refined this methodology. I developed an aesthetic education pedagogy that focuses on the vital role of the artistic process in nurturing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This structure includes, but it is not limited to a combination of inquiry-based learning and processes oriented techniques that consist of inquiry, work time, and reflection. Through this exploratory process, students can articulate long-term, critical questions that support and reinforce teen-driven inquiry and learning goals, examined through hands-on projects that are rooted in their own interests.
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Ana Maria Rodriguez
Literature to Life®

Ana Maria (Jomolca) Rodriguez

We have made an unforgettable difference in one and many lives at Young Audiences NY. The hope and possibility I plant in the children’s minds and hearts that they can rise above their circumstances and seeing them become surprised and inspired by their own passions
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Anne Pasquale
Theater

Anne Pasquale

Anne--a member of the Actors Studio, trained at London Academy of the Dramatic Arts and New York University--is an actress and playwright committed to performing, creating, and discovering theatrical works of universal merit for students ages K-12 across the curriculum. Inspired by the greatest of storytellers from Shakespeare to her grandmother, Ms. Pasquale has a passion for a well-told tale. She has been a proud member of the Young Audiences New York roster for 10 years.
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Brad Raimondo
Literature to Life®

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Brian (Wojo) Womack
Digital Media

B. Wojo Womack

Having the opportunity to affect change in youth is extremely meaningful to me. To change the trajectory of a life, not by telling them what to do, but by facilitating the creation of a new consciousness and self-awareness that allows them to choose a path that is accurate to who they are and who they want to be. This year, I have access to a mac lab that will allow me to show all sides of the production process to my class.
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Carlo Nicolau
Music

Carlo Nicolau

A Mexican-American award-winning composer, producer, violinist, and pianist, Carlo began his music studies at age nine, and at fourteen earned a scholarship to study at the National Conservatory in Tours, France. With his music production company, he has won the following composition awards: TELLY (2017), CLIO, NY FILM FESTIVAL and AURORA WORLD GOLD MEDAL. As a film composer, Nicolau scored a SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL feature film winner. He has also received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and Meet the Composer for his work composing for modern dance.
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Carole Sylvan
Music

Carole Sylvan

Sharing the gist and the love of music, opening up musical doors and expand their taste, giving them something that will make an impact now and leave an impression on their future is so meaningful to me. Seeing their appreciation of music grow, how they respond when they see and hear themselves as they progress from start to finish is exciting.
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Channie Waites
Literature to Life®

Channie Waites

I am a performing artist, educator and facilitator. I have been with YANY for 3 years as a Literature to Life® actor for If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, and as a teaching artist in theatre. I treasure the interactive and engaging nature of theatre as it lifts our stories from our hearts and imagination, and from this we devise our theatre. I am inspired by my family, the sun, water, and the love that aims to thrive and heal.
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Chris Odo
Creative Movement

Chris Odo

Chris has enjoyed teaching Creative Movement for children through YANY for over 30 years. An eclectic artist, he has worked as a dancer and designer with Maureen Fleming Company from 1993 to the present. His performances and designs include: Fall for Dance Festival at City Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and international festivals in Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Korea, Japan, Brazil among others. A National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar and a recipient of a Fulbright Commission, his extensive performance credits include the Tony Award winning Broadway production of M. Butterfly. His creative movement classes for children, initially created by Maureen Fleming, nurtures students through fun, active movement exploration that builds focus and concentration and develops skills to be present in movement—physically, mentally, and emotionally—in relation to music and images from nature. He continues to be inspired by the joy children express in their experience of movement.
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Chris Snock
Literature to Life®

Chris Snock

I teach for the Literature to Life program on the National Level. Storytelling has the power to educate and impact at a high and deep level. What is meaningful is hearing young adults’ voices and how they perceive their worlds. I am thrilled to have students engage with their imaginations to perceive, to challenge and question, and to have them create space for windows where once there may have been walls.
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Donna Maria de Creeft
Music

Donna Maria DeCreeft

Donna Maria  has worked city-wide as a Young Audiences Teaching Artist in a variety of media since 1998.  She finds teaching and making art equally joyful and life-affirming. She loves to read and make funky, hand-crafted books.  Her mixed-media works have been exhibited at multiple venues including Central Booking, The Center for Book Arts, and Proteus Gowanus in NYC, Jersey City University, Fairleigh Dickenson University, PS 1 Museum, The Barcelona Book Fair and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.  Ms. De Creeft’s works are in the permanent collections of the University of Southern Maine, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, The Center for Book Arts, and the library collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Bryn Mawr College and Rutgers University.  As a teaching artist who has been with Young Audiences New York for 20 years, I value my students' creativity and artistic process, and try to let them know that they are engaged in deep work even when it seems like play. I want them to experience art making as an intrinsic part of their being that they can call on throughout their lives.
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Elizabeth (Liz) Parker
Literature to Life®

Liz Parker

I love creating new theatrical performances that inspire wonder and curiosity in young audiences and families It is a privilege to share in the world of The Giver with young audiences – I love hearing how the content moves their thoughts and imaginations. I look forward to engaging audiences through performance and discussion.
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Eric Phinney
Music

Eric Phinney

Eric is an accomplished percussionist with experience in many diverse musical traditions. As a teaching artist with Young Audiences NY since 2004, Eric has inspired young musicians in the classroom to imagine and create music from great percussion cultures around the world. Whether it is the traditional rhythms of West Africa, Samba from Brazil, or Soca and Reggae from the Caribbean, students learn how to work collaboratively in a musical texture that sometimes involves five or more different parts. The students learn how to listen for directions from a master drum, and how to respond to dialogues between the leader and ensemble. Within the structure of the percussion piece the students are preparing, Eric wants to create space for young musicians to have freedom to express themselves through improvisation. Eric feels it is very important for the students to learn the cultural context community drumming has in the country where it is from. Eric is always inspired when students allow themselves to be a part of a pulsing rhythm that makes them want to move.
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Fabian “FARBEON” Saucedo
Literature to Life®

Fabian Saucedo

Fabian has been a teaching artist with Young Audiences New York’s Literature to Life® program since 2015. As a community-based Hip Hop artist, educator and agent of change, FARBEON works to develop pedagogy that moves beyond high-stakes testing and bridges the gap between the arts, academics and social youth development. He has taught Poetry, Performance, Song-Writing, Digital Media, Photography & Hip-Hop History and Culture at high schools, universities and community centers throughout the United States and abroad. Whether in the studio, on stage, behind the lens of a camera or in a classroom, FARBEON is dedicated to leveraging artistic craft and process to bring about dialogue, peace, understanding and to pave the way for the next generation of young ARTivists.
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Fatima Logan
Fatima Logan-Alston
Dance

Fatima Logan-Alston

Fatima is an experienced and versatile dance and cultural artist. She studied at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) where she graduated Summa Cume Laude with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. She danced professionally with the African-American Dance Ensemble directed by Dr. Chuck Davis, Forces of Nature Dance Theater directed by Abdel Salaam, and the Seewe Dance Company directed by Mouminatou Camara. She has extensive teaching experience as artist in residence at Hunter College, Long Island University Post, Bronx Children’s Museum, Master Class I teacher at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance, and with Young Audiences New York for 8 years. She has performed with Bobby Sanabria, Paul Winters, Ntozake Shange, and has received written recognition for her commitment to dance education from Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. She is also the Artistic Director of VashtiDance Theater now in its 5th New York Season. Fatima's approach is centered on cultural learning influencing exceptional artistic aesthetic and is inspired by the rich beauty of cultural, contemporary dance, and the progress and enjoyment of her students and fellow artists.
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Frank Ingrasciotta
Frank Ingrasciotta
Theater

Frank Ingrasciotta

Frank is an actor, stage director, and writer. He is proud to be a Young Audiences New York teaching artist for over 18 years. His approach as a teaching artist is to combine experiential learning and multiple intelligences with his disciplines to integrate curriculum. He is most inspired how the arts can give a voice to students who may not always respond to traditional learning. When he is not teaching, Frank has appeared in numerous stage, TV, and film productions. He is the resident stage director for the award-winning theatre program at St. Joseph Regional High School. He is also the writer/performer of the acclaimed off-Broadway one-man play, Blood Type: RAGU which is presently touring nationally and internationally.
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Heleya de Barros
Theater

Heleya De Barros

This year, I am excited to be focusing on building my voice over experience. It’s a whole new creative world to me. I am constantly learning from the students I work with. Their perspectives on the art brings out news of thinking and creating for me.
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Irene Koloseus
Dance

Irene Koloseus

Irene is the founder and the Artistic Director of Feraba-African Rhythm Tap Company, an award-winning Brooklyn based touring company fusing Tap dance with West African music and dance. Ms. Koloseus and Feraba are the recipients of numerous awards including the Ethnic Dance Award by Giant Steps funded by the New York State Council on the Arts and the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, The Sunshine Award, acknowledging excellence in the Performing Arts of the various Caribbean Countries, South Africa, Central America and Africa, and has been recognized by the Brooklyn Borough president, Marty Markowitz, for her outstanding work. Feraba received numerous grants including Meet the Composer Grant (AMC), MCAF (LMCC), Arts International, Artist Fellowship (in music composition-NYFA), Performing Arts Recovery Initiative Grant (funded by the Open Society Foundation) and Asset for Artist (matching grant partnering with NYFA, LMCC and Midas). As a teaching artist, she has designed curricular-based movement and music residencies for students of all ages and abilities, and has conducted staff development programs for educators. In 2012 she was awarded Best Teaching Artist of the year by Young Audiences NY. She was the artistic director of Feraba –ART  summer camps in 2011 and 2012.
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Jo-Ann Brody
Visual Art

Jo Brody

I’ve been with YANY 15 or more years. Clay works it’s magic in the hands of young artists. It gives them focus and commands their attention while allowing them to create both functional and sculptural objects as they explore the world around them.
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Kaaron Briscoe Minefee
Theater

Kaaron Briscoe Minefee

Kaaron is a theater artist. She performs, directs, and writes. Kaaron has been with YANY for the past three years. She believes in collaboration when it comes to working with her students. In her practice, Kaaron is often inspired by history and great works of visual art.
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Kari Morris
Puppetry

Kari Morris

Kari excitedly enters her second year with Young Audiences, teaching in the disciplines of both puppetry and theater. Kari brings with her a spirit of warmth, safety, and organized silliness that invites and ignites students' focus, creativity, and teamwork. Beyond immersing students in an art form, Kari strives to empower students with the bigger truth: they are an artist with a vital point of view. When not having a ball teaching, Kari is a professional writer, actor, and filmmaker.
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Kostas Kiritsis
Photography

Kostas Kiritsis

I teach a variety of subjects: Photography, Videography, StopMotion/Animation, Photo-based Visual Arts, Visual Literacy and have taught all grade levels. I’m starting my 4th year with YANY. I believe that times we live in now require us all to see each student as a whole person with his/her own uniqueness. Focusing on Emotional Intelligence and Creative Expression should be the most important element of our teachings. I am always inspired by other artists and their creativity regardless of the field they work in.
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Ling Tang
Dance

Ling Tang

Ling has been a teaching artist with YANY since 2013. “Arts speak a magical universal language,” Ling believes working with children is a mutual learning experience, which inspires her to explore a diverse community and re-connect to her cultural heritage. Born and raised in Wuhan, China, she came to the U.S. in 2002, and has performed professionally at numerous venues and festivals including President Obama's Inauguration in 2013. She currently teaches Chinese dance at K-12 schools, universities and community centers. Her teaching credits also include New York University, Dance St. Louis, and Washington Performing Arts. Ling holds an M.A. in arts administration from Columbia University, a B.A. in dance and intercultural performing arts from the University of Maryland, and Teachers College Teaching Artist Certificate.
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Lisa Strum
Literature to Life®

Lisa Strum

What is meaningful to me is creating safe spaces for children to express themselves artistically. I’m excited about bringing theatre arts into the classrooms and witnessing how creativity transforms children’s lives
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Jameel McKanstry
Theater

Jameel McKanstry

Jameel is a dynamic singer, actor, and musician who has performed in several theaters in the United States and internationally. In addition to being a performer and musician, he has a passion for teaching children and adults. Jameel teaches various techniques of theatre and music while engaging participants in thoughtful activities, and meaningful conversations that empower, energize, and educate each participant. Jameel has been a YANY teaching artist for two years. Jameel is constantly inspired by everyday life to dream and make strides to make his dreams a reality.
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Mel House
Mel House
Theater

Mel House

Mel is a NYC-based actress, activist, filmmaker and comic, with a Master's Degree in Applied Drama from the University of Exeter, UK. For nearly two decades, Mel has been sharing her passion for storytelling and nurturing young artists, while working on projects in the UK, Bali, South Africa, Beijing and throughout the U.S. She joined YANY's team four years ago, as a member of the national Literature to Life Program, and has since been leading theatre-arts residencies in her Bronx neighborhood. She is a member of the Actors Center Company, where she continues to be inspired by and grow her craft with Master teachers and leading professionals.
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Michael Angel Viera
Literature to Life®

Michael Angel Viera

The most meaningful thing for me being an arts educator with Young Audiences NY is being able to connect with children via the arts. The opportunity to be a part of the team that makes children their number one priority. As always, I’m excited about inspiring children to be creative and encouraging them to express themselves through art - writing, music, poetry.
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Mtume Gant
Digital Media

Mtume Gant

What is important to me is the fact as a native New Yorker I am able to give back to the youth of this city with the artistic skills I have worked hard to hone during my life. Learning more from them about their visions of expression and guiding them in finding their voice is what gets me excited.
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Navida Stein
Storytelling

Navida Stein

Navida is an award-winning storyteller, actress, musician, writer and teaching artist. She’s worked Off-Broadway & regionally doing new plays, musicals & Shakespeare. Her one woman show URBAN ZEN won a 2012 United Solo Festival award. Navida tells stories from around the world in many places including NY Public Libraries, Hans Christian Anderson statue in Central Park & many schools. She’s narrated Peter and the Wolf and Carnival of the Animals with several NYC orchestras including The Chelsea Symphony. Navida’s a recipient of a 2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant and been a teaching artist for Young Audiences New York since 1986. Whether working with young people or professionally, Navida's motto is CONNECT and CREATE. She believes in the power of the arts to educate, inspire and heal.
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Neil Ochoa
Music

Neil Ochoa

Neil is a drummer, percussionist and educator for more than 25 years. Neil has taught in NYC public schools for 17 years, and had the pleasure to be working with YANY for two years now. Neil also teaches music, percussion and history of drumming using various tools depending on age group. That includes, hands on drums, technique, audiovisual material, discussion, ensembles, songs, students feedback and ideas for music creation, final performance. “Music itself it’s my inspiration, but seeing kids discovering their inner rhythm and musicality also is an inspiration that circles back and empowers me to keep doing so.” – Neil Ochoa
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Pat Cannon
Dance

Pat Cannon

Pat’s Foot & Fiddle Dance Company celebrates and shares the friendship, joy and community building of traditional American dance and music with folks of all ages. From a family square dance, to in-school dance workshops and residencies, to an assembly performance of “American Footsteps”, Foot & Fiddle demonstrates why Square Dancing has been popular since Colonial times….because it is FUN! Square Dancing is America’s National Folk Dance! Traditional American fiddle music can inspire anyone to kick up their heels and have fun through the simple joy of holding hands and dancing together. Square Dancing helps builds the school community and can help to prevent bullying. Foot & Fiddle has been spreading the joy of traditional dance in the school in the tri-state area for the past 31 years with 29 of those years having been at YANY.
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Ricky Santiago
Dance

Ricky Santiago

Ricky, at age seven, a native of the Bronx, began his dance training as a scholarship student at Ballet Hispanico of New York. Later, as an undergraduate at SUNY Purchase, he received dance scholarships with The Alvin Ailey School, and Dance Theater Of Harlem. Ricky has had a very diverse performance career, performing locally, nationally and internationally with many dance companies and productions such as Franco Zeffirelli's productions of Carmen and La Traviata at The Metropolitan Opera and Don Giovanni at Washington Opera, as well as with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Nicholas Rodriguez & Dance Compass, New York Ballroom Company, Bailes Ferrer, Sol y Sombra, Randy James Dance Works, Flamenco Vivo, Edwin Aparicio's Selected Works, and most recently in Omayra Amaya's repertory performance group and Andanza Flamenco. He’s been a dance educator for 25 years and is currently working with Children's Arts & Science Workshops, Lotus Music & Dance, American Academy of Ballet and Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana. This is his Eighth year with Young Audiences New York. During the process of learning a dance style, Mr. Santiago incorporates students’ own creations. This instills a sense of ownership and pride in their work. To Ricky Seeing children work intensely to hone their craft and exploring a new way to express themselves is incredibly inspiring.
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Robin Dunn
Dance

Robin Dunn

Robin, F.A.C.E. Coach and Choreographer,  is the former Director of Amateur Night at the world famous Apollo Theater. Her client list includes the iconic rock band U2, Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Missy Elliot, Teen Vogue featuring Jive recording artist 'Chris Brown,' Tony award winner Heather Headley, The Braxtons featuring 'Jay Z,' Brian McKnight, Sean Kingston and Disney's Raven Symone. Ms. Dunn is a faculty member of The Ailey School, Steps on Broadway and former adjunct professor at Hunter College.  She was a guest master teacher at NYU, Syracuse University, Harlem School of the Arts, Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts, Ron Brown’s Evidence Summer Intensive, Complexions Winter Intensive, Fashion Institute of Technology, Long Island University/ Honors class, Project Dance and Connecticut Ballet in Stamford, CT.  She has been on faculty as a guest artist for Young Audiences New York for nine years. In 1989, she was the first to introduce the art of Hip Hop dance to the mainstream studio at New York's Broadway Dance Center and The Ailey School (2003). Ms. Dunn is inspired by her beloved late mother Edith E. Dunn and believes “a teacher’s job is to shape lives, build dreams and give hope for the future.” – author, unknown
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Sorab Wadia
Literature to Life®

Sorab Wadia

I am thrilled to a part of a wonderful organization that is dedicated to enlightening and enriching the lives. The most exciting aspect of my job is seeing children/young adults experiencing empathy is a new or more profound way.
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Trevor Davis
Digital Media

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Valentina Ortiz
Storytelling

Valentina Ortiz

Valentina, in English, Spanish and French, speaks the ancient Aztec wisdom as well as the modern stories of Mexico. She has been on stage since she was 6 years old, as an actress, as a musician and as a storyteller for the past 20 years. She is well known for her special way of combining music and words. She has shows for children and for adults on different subjects. She loves bright colors, beautiful songs and deep prehispanic sounds. As a storyteller and a musician she has traveled the world; has published 4 books and produced 4 records with her original stories and music.
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Yloy Ybarra
Dance

Yloy Ybarra

It is important for me to be able to share my culture and dance with as many children as possible in a nurturing atmosphere. I am excited to expose children to dance and set up the concept of life-long learning and risk-taking.
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