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Grab your dancing shoes and come celebrate a “wedding” with us!

Have you ever been to a wedding where the newlyweds grew up in two cultures with different tastes in music? Sometimes, the reception turns into a battle where the DJ alternates between styles and each family only comes out to dance when their music is playing. People at the reception start whispering about what the new couple sees in each other. Why would they want to spend their lives together?

Those are the “bad” parties.

Now, remember one of the weddings where the DJ recognizes a connection between the two types of music. They literally “mix things up” a bit—blending elements from both styles and loudly encouraging everyone to come out and try their favorite dance moves to the mix. Everyone at the reception has a blast! They leave refreshed, looking forward to a long, happy marriage for the couple.

Those are the “good” parties.

Celebrando 2017 is one of the “good” parties!

Join the Puerto Rican Cultural Center as we welcome you to the Celebrando 2017 Salsa and Heritage Festival! This year’s event brings together Salsa dancing with Orquesta Trabuko (the hottest Salsa band in Central Texas) and groundbreaking performances that weave together the rhythms of Puerto Rican Bomba, Plena, and Seís with the guitarra, palmas, baile, and guitarra of Flamenco. Enjoy live music and dance featuring amazing guest artists with the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance performing company and members of our youth and family programs.

You Are Invited

The Ballroom at JCC Austin
7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731

June 10, 2017

6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

dance@prfdance.org
512-251-8122

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Adult ticket – $15.00 in advance
($20.00 day of show)

Child ticket (ages 3-12) – $5.00

Lap children (under 3) – Free!

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Special Guests

Orlando Laureano

Orlando Laureano

Direct from Borinquen, Orlando Laureano—master of the Puerto Rican cuatro and tiple. Joined by his brother Jaime on guitar, Orlando, along with resident PRFDance cuatrista Adam Rosario, will bring to life Puerto Rican favorites including Seís Dorado, Aguinaldo Jíbaro and more.

Illeana Gomez

Illeana Gomez began her dance studies at a young age, studying ballet and classical Spanish dance. She has since pursued intensive flamenco studies, traveling to Spain frequently to study at Amor de Dios school in Madrid or at various schools in Seville. In 2006, Illeana moved to Albuquerque, NM to study at the Conservatory of Flamenco Arts where she became a member of Alma Flamenca. In May 2010, she was awarded an MFA in dance from UNM.

Illeana Gomez
Orlando Laureano

Alejandro Pais Iriart

Alejandro Pais Iriart was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The guitar has always been a part of Alejandro’s life. Alejandro has studied a variety of guitar styles including Spanish classical and Flamenco forms. He performs as a soloist and as a dance accompanist with several performance groups in United States and Argentina and is currently developing new projects for his own company La Juerga Flamenco ensemble and Jazz’tamos flamenco/jazz ensemble.

Chayito Champion

Flamenco singer Chayito Champion began singing at an early age carrying the legacy of her family of flamenco artists. She is in high demand both nationally and internationally, always captivating her audiences with her heartfelt and passionate performances. She is currently the Flamenco singer for CBJ Essemble and Carlota Santana Flamenco Vivo. Chayito recently recorded 2 Albums Asi soy Yo and Levanto.

Chayito Champion
Sandunga Dance

Sandunga Dance

Sandunga Dance from Dallas, TX.

Plan Your Evening

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Performances begin at 7:00 pm.

Tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early!

Have some dinner and visit vendor booths featuring original art, crafts, and other recuerdos that will let you take home a little piece of Puerto Rico to brighten your week.

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The Celebrando 2017 heritage project is made possible in part through funding and support by the Junior League of Austin, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Promotions by Mingo TV

Hungry? Pruebe el Rico Sabor de Puerto Rico

No time for dinner? Not a problem. Enjoy some comida criolla and refreshing beverages for sale by Chago’s Caribbean Cuisine.

Location

The Ballroom at JCC Austin
7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731

The Dell Jewish Community Campus (JCC Austin) campus is located at 7300 Hart Ln, between Far West Blvd and Greystone Drive.

Take Loop 1 (MoPac) to Far West Blvd. Turn West on Far West Blvd. Drive approximately 0.5 miles to Hart Ln. Turn right onto Hart Ln. The JCC is located half a block up Hart Lane on the left. Look for the stone sign marking the entrance to the Dell Jewish Community Campus. There is a guard house where you can ask directions to the main building where the ballroom is located.

Ballroom at JCC Austin

Ballroom at JCC Austin
7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731