Public Talks and Conferences

Charlas Publicas:
Scribe Video Center & La Sociedad para el Cinema y Media Studios Latinos/a
and Africanos-Americanos Caucus: 03/07/2006 Philadelphia

Charla y discusión sobre la creación del video documentario la “danza azteca en Philadelphia” como parte de una serie mensual de la investigación, llamada “Storyville” (La aldea de las historias) y conferencia nacional en Filadelfia.

Institution for Cultural Partnership (ICP). Corre en la Familia?
Community Oriented Family Health History: 4/5/2006 Harrisburg

Arts, Storytelling and Healing: Aztec Healing Dances Talk and video presentation “Aztec dance in Philadelphia”

This video is available for purchase as part of a Community Visions compilation DVD.

Meaning “School of Blood Moving in the Heart” in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs, Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac is a dance and cultural troupe based in the heart of South Philadelphia. A visually captivating portrait of the group told through their own voices, Aztec Dance in Philadelphia raises questions about indigenous history and the retention of cultural heritage in the context of modern immigration. “We consider it a school because we are learning about the culture we have lost,” says one of the group’s members. The dancers of Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac bring their audiences a pre-Columbian heritage with roots in central Mexico. Kept alive by modern keepers of the culture like those in this trilingual Spanish/English/Nahuatl documentary, Aztec dance has followed the paths of contemporary Mexican immigrants into the United States. That migration has brought Aztec culture here, to Philadelphia. Aztec Dance in Philadelphia is an engaging resource for educators teaching modern immigration and a colorful testament to the resilience of indigenous cultures.


5th Annual PA Migrant Students General Assembly: Student Leadership Institute: 7-31-2008 Harrisburg

Invited as observer by the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs and the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program, in Association with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as part of the 19th PA Migrant Student Leadership Institute.

Americans for the Arts, Preserving Diverse Cultures Track in Philadelphia: 2008 June 19 - 22, 2008

Open Dialogue X, The Association of American Cultures, Preserving Diverse Cultures Track in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2006 August 18 - 21, 2005