2011 Aetna Latino calendar

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2011 Aetna Latino calendar
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© 2010 Aetna Inc.
Aetna Latino Calendar
Dancing to be healthy
al ritmo de tu salud
20 11
20 11
Siente el ritmo de la salud
¡Imagínate lo bien que te sentirías si vivieras tu
vida como un inmenso baile!
Los trece individuos que presentamos en el calendario
latino 2011 de Aetna se han dedicado a mejorar su
salud, así como el bienestar de sus comunidades por
medio de la danza. Algunos bailan para ganarse la
vida, y otros supervisan programas para el bienestar
basados en el baile.
Muchos de los artistas aprendieron sus primeros pasos
de baile siendo niños, y viven su pasión explorando y
compartiendo su arte y su talento.
La evolución – y la revolución – del baile forman parte
integral de la cultura general de este país, inspirando
cada día a más y más personas a vivir los efectos
positivos que tiene el baile sobre el cuerpo, la mente,
y el espíritu. Como dice Anita Martinez, “el baile es
el instrumento más perfecto para desarrollar un
cuerpo saludable”.
En Aetna nos enorgullecemos en presentar nuestro
cuarto calendario latino, celebrando como el baile
latino motiva a individuos y comunidades por igual
a descubrir y vivir un estilo de vida al ritmo de la
diversión... y de la salud.
Por medio de su trabajo comunitario, han inspirado
por igual a niños, adultos y personas de la tercera
edad a mantenerse activos y a mover sus cuerpos
como jamás lo hubieran imaginado.
al ritmo de tu salud
Feel the Rhythm of Health
Imagine how confident and healthy you might
feel if you never let a dance go by!
Thirteen individuals featured in the 2011 Aetna Latino
Calendar have committed to improving their own
health and the wellness of their communities through
dance. Some dance for a living, while others oversee
dance and fitness programs.
Many of the performing artists took their first
dance steps as children, and fulfilled their passions
by exploring their craft and talent.
Through their collective work, they have inspired
children, adults and seniors to think on their feet and
move their bodies in ways they never thought possible.
The dance revolution has taken its place on the front
line of pop culture. This encourages more people to
experience firsthand the positive therapeutic effects of
dance on the body, mind and soul. As Anita N. Martinez shares, “Dance is the most perfect instrument to
build a healthy body.”
Aetna is pleased to present its fourth annual Latino
Calendar celebrating how Latin dance motivates
individuals and communities to discover and embrace
a fun, healthful rhythm.
Anita Nañez Martinez
Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Anita Nañez Martinez era una tejana tímida cuya familia emigró de
México a los Estados Unidos hace cinco generaciones; pero cuando
aprendió a bailar descubrió la confianza en si misma. A los ocho años
de edad, participaba en representaciones de danza teatral con otros
niños del vecindario en la agrupación “Little Mexico” de Dallas.
“El baile es el instrumento perfecto para construir un cuerpo sano.
Nutre la mente y el alma. La danza transmite felicidad al corazón y a los
demás”, dijo Martinez. “Ha sido una constante en mi vida”.
Martinez quería motivar a los jóvenes en el oeste de Dallas. En 1975,
comenzó a ofrecer clases de baile folclórico en un centro de recreación
de Dallas, que ahora lleva su nombre. “Quería darles la oportunidad de
enorgullecerse de su herencia y cultura”, dijo. “Así que les traje música
y danza.”
Sus clases han crecido hasta convertirse en un renombrado grupo
profesional de ballet folclórico que se presenta regularmente en el
AT&T Performing Arts Center en Dallas.
“Hay mucha gente que apoya nuestro trabajo”, dijo Martinez. Por
ejemplo, Communities Foundation of Texas donó a la organización
un edificio que tiene 100 años de antigüedad. Este edificio se convirtió
en el lugar fijo para realizar los ensayos y presentaciones de bailarines
de distintos niveles, desde novatos hasta profesionales.
En su papel de voluntaria activa y recaudadora de fondos, Martinez está
feliz de poder tener un impacto tan positivo en la vida de miles de niños
latinos. “Los padres ven cómo sus hijos desarrollan disciplina, la práctica
de trabajar en equipo e incluso obtienen mejores calificaciones en la
escuela cuando bailan”, explicó. “Cuando se le imparte a un niño
confianza en si mismo, se le entrega el mundo”.
Los padres ven cómo sus hijos desarrollan
disciplina, la práctica de trabajar en equipo e
incluso obtienen mejores calificaciones en
la escuela cuando bailan”.
– Anita Nañez Martinez
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
La buena postura puede ayudarte a bailar mejor.
Mantente derecho, empuja tus hombros hacia abajo
y hacia atrás, y mantén tu cabeza en alto.
enero/January
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
mié./Wed.
HEALTH TIP
Good posture can help you become a better dancer.
Stand up straight, push your shoulders down and back,
and hold your head up.
jue./Thu.
vie./Fri.
sáb./Sat.
1
New Year’s Day
Liberation Day
(Cuba)
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4
5
Make a commitment
now to achieve and
maintain a healthful
weight.
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6
8
Three Kings Day
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11
12
13
Schedule a medical
checkup with your
doctor this week.
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7
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14
15
Begin a dance exercise
program this month.
Check with your doctor
before starting.
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Give the gift of
life this month.
Donate blood.
“Parents see how their children find discipline, practice teamwork and even
get better grades in school when they are dancing.”
– Anita Nañez Martinez
2011 Aetna Latino Calendar | www.aetnalatinocalendar.com
“Dance is the perfect instrument to build a healthy body. It nurtures the
mind and the soul. It brings happiness into the heart and onto others,”
said Martinez. “It has been a constant part of my life.”
Martinez wanted to motivate young people in West Dallas. In 1975, she
began offering folklorico dance classes in a Dallas recreation center, which
now bears her name. “I wanted to give them a chance to be proud of
their heritage and culture,” she said. “So I brought the music and the
dance to them.”
Today, her classes have grown into a renowned educational performing
dance organization that is a resident company at the AT&T Performing
Arts Center in Dallas.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. Birthday
Observed (U.S)
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Anita Nañez Martinez was a bashful fifth-generation Texan who found
confidence once she learned how to dance. At 8 years old, she would
perform dance theatre with other neighborhood children in Dallas’
“Little Mexico.”
“There are a lot of people who believe in what we’re doing,” said
Martinez, including Communities Foundation of Texas, which donated
a 100-year-old building to the organization. The building became a
permanent place for the young and professional dancers to rehearse
and perform.
As an active volunteer and fund-raiser, Martinez is thrilled she has
been able to positively impact the lives of thousands of Latino children.
“Parents see how their children find discipline, practice teamwork and
even get better grades in school when they are dancing,” she said.
“When you give a child confidence, you give them the world.”
Luis Salgado
Founder, R.Evolución Latina
New York, NY
A juzgar por su aspecto actual, sería imposible imaginar que Luis Salgado,
un coreógrafo muy respetado de Broadway y en excelente condición física
fue una vez un niño gordito. Descubrió el baile en un programa en las
tardes después de la escuela en Puerto Rico. Ése fue el comienzo de su
trayectoria por vivir y compartir su pasión por las artes.
A los 17 años, abrió su primera escuela de danza, que dirigió durante cinco
años antes de mudarse a Nueva York. “Después de ver un espectáculo de
Broadway, cai en cuenta que tenía que vivir ahí”, dijo.
A pesar de que sus raíces artísticas combinan el jazz con los ritmos latinos,
Salgado quería experimentar una variedad de géneros musicales en Nueva
York. Descubrió, sin embargo, que se necesitaban maestros de bailes latinos.
Consiguió un trabajo dirigiendo la coreografía latina para el musical de
Broadway In the Heights. “Nadie puede negar nuestra cultura latina”, dijo.
“La música y el ritmo están en nuestros corazones”.
Después, Salgado fundó R.Evolución Latina, una alianza de artistas en
Broadway que asesoran y enseñan a jóvenes latinos. “Queremos que los
estudiantes superen sus inseguridades y dudas por medio del baile”, dijo.
“Nosotros les simplificamos el proceso y los dirigimos paso a paso. En
realidad es una revolución de la evolución, y nuestra mayor arma es el arte”.
Además de visitar las escuelas durante todo el año, Salgado y su compañía
tienen un campamento juvenil de verano gratis. “Lo hermoso del baile es
que sus beneficios para la salud vienen naturalmente. Los músculos trabajan.
Se queman calorías. Ayudamos a los niños a estar más conscientes de lo
que sienten sus cuerpos mientras bailan”, dijo.
“Queremos que los estudiantes sobrepasen sus inseguridades y sus
dudas por medio del baile”.
– Luis Salgado
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Sonríe mientras bailas, aun si bailas solo. ¡Te gusta bailar,
así que demuéstralo!
HEALTH TIP
Smile while you are dancing, even if you are dancing alone.
You love to dance, so let it show!
febrero/February
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
1
mié./Wed.
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jue./Thu.
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Looking at Luis Salgado today you would never know that the
well-respected and physically fit Broadway choreographer was a chubby
child. He discovered dance at an after-school program in Puerto Rico.
This was the beginning of his journey to fulfill and share his passion
for the arts.
At age 17, he opened his first dance school, which he ran for five
years before coming to New York City. “After seeing a Broadway show,
I realized this was where I needed to be,” he said.
Though his dancing roots fused the flair of jazz with Latin rhythm,
Salgado wanted to experience a variety of genres in the city. He discovered,
though, there was a need for Latin dance teachers. He landed a job
leading the Latin choreography for the Broadway musical In the Heights.
“No one can deny who we are as Latinos,” he said. “It’s in our hearts –
the music and the rhythm.”
Salgado then founded R.Evolución Latina, an alliance of Broadway
performing artists who mentor young Latinos. “We challenge students
to go beyond their insecurities and doubts through dance,” he said.
“We break it down for them and take it step by step. It really is a
revolution of evolution, and our biggest weapon is the arts.”
Besides visiting schools throughout the year, Salgado and his company
host a free youth summer camp. “The beauty of dance is that healthful
benefits come naturally. Muscles are engaging. Calories are burning. We
help kids become more aware of the sensations they are feeling in their
bodies when they dance,” he said.
“We challenge students to go beyond their
insecurities and doubts through dance.”
– Luis Salgado
2011 Aetna Latino Calendar | www.aetnalatinocalendar.com
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7
vie./Fri.
sáb./Sat.
4
5
Give Kids a Smile Day.
Don’t forget to
schedule a dental
appointment for
your child.
Mexican
Constitution Day
8
9
10
11
12
15
16
17
18
19
Remember to brush
your teeth twice a
day – it will make your
smile brighter and keep
your mouth healthier.
13
14
Get your blood
pumping – get up
and move around.
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27
Dominican Republic
Independence Day
21
22
Presidents’ Day
(U.S. and Puerto Rico)
Know your numbers.
Get your blood pressure
checked today.
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23
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25
26
Vanessa Calderón-Rosado
Chief Executive Officer, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
Boston, MA
Todo empezó hace unos años, cuando varias mujeres latinas de la tercera
edad decidieron juntarse para bailar con el fin de mantenerse en forma y
saludables. Hoy en día, esta agrupación atrae a grandes multitudes hacia
sus presentaciones en Boston.
El grupo, Las Pleneras de la Villa, está compuesto por mujeres de la
comunidad, mayores de 55 años. No tienen educación formal en danza;
sin embargo, se reúnen cada semana para practicar los bailes, y también
suelen cantar. Además, las integrantes elaboran su propio vestuario. Las
Pleneras de la Villa presentan danzas tradicionales de Puerto Rico como
la plena y la bomba en eventos y festivales en la ciudad.
“Es muy inspirador ver a estas mujeres bailar. ¡Tienen tanta pasión!”,
dijo Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Directora general de la organización
comunitaria Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (“IBA”). “Son famosas en toda
la ciudad. El baile les ha dado a muchas un nuevo significado en sus vidas”.
Las Pleneras de la Villa comenzó como parte de la programación artística
de IBA y su Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, un centro multifuncional
para las artes que promueve las artes latinas, y proporciona educación
artística y otros programas asequibles para todos. Algunos de los cursos
de IBA tienen como objetivo mantener a las personas de la tercera edad
activas por medio del baile y la música.
El grupo surgió como parte de la programación de IBA para las personas
de la tercera edad, cuando María Flores, una residente de la comunidad,
decidió reunir y organizar a aquellas damas que disfrutaban del baile.
“El baile las fortalece sicológica y físicamente. Incluso, una de ellas ha
perdido mucho peso. Pero todas también se han beneficiado desde el
punto de vista emocional y social”, dijo Calderón-Rosado.
“El arte puede reafirmar la identidad cultural y el orgullo del latino, y puede
utilizarse como una herramienta para edificar una comunidad”.
“El grupo ejemplifica los criterios y objetivos de IBA”, explicó. “El arte
puede reafirmar la identidad cultural y el orgullo del latino, y puede
utilizarse como una herramienta para edificar una comunidad”.
– Vanessa Calderón-Rosado
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
El baile puede reducir el riesgo de enfermedades de las
arterias coronarias y del corazón, y puede también bajar
tu presión arterial.
marzo/March
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
1
mié./Wed.
2
HEALTH TIP
Dancing can lower your risk of coronary heart disease
and decrease blood pressure.
jue./Thu.
3
vie./Fri.
4
sáb./Sat.
5
It started a few years ago when a group of senior Latina women danced
together to stay in shape and be healthy. Today, the group draws large
crowds at their performances throughout Boston.
Eat a balanced diet,
including five helpings
of fruits and vegetables
a day.
6
13
7
14
8
9
Make sure your children
start their day with a
healthful, well-balanced
breakfast!
Ash Wednesday
15
16
10
17
11
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12
19
See your doctor or
other health care
provider for a routine
health screening.
20
27
21
22
Birth of Benito Juarez
(Mexico)
Abolition Day
(Puerto Rico)
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29
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The group, called Las Pleneras de la Villa, is made up of local women
55 and older. They have no formal background in dance. Yet they meet
every week to practice their dance steps. They usually sing along as well.
Members make their own costumes. They perform traditional Puerto Rican
dances such as the plena and bomba at events and festivals in the city.
“It is so inspiring to see these women perform. They have such passion,”
said Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, CEO of the community-building
organization Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA). “They have become
popular all over the city. It has given many of their lives new meaning.”
Las Pleneras de la Villa began as part of IBA’s arts programming and
its Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, a multifunctional arts center
that promotes Latino arts, and provides affordable arts education and
programs. Some of IBA’s programs aim to get seniors active through
dance and music.
The group grew out of IBA’s senior programming, when community
member María Flores decided to organize senior women who enjoyed
dancing into a formal troupe.
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Eat an apple instead
of chips with your
lunch today!
“Dancing has made them feel empowered. They have benefited
physically. One member even lost a lot of weight. But they also have
benefited emotionally and socially,” said Calderón-Rosado.
“The group exemplifies what IBA believes,” she continued. “The arts
can reaffirm Latino cultural identity and pride, and can be used as a
tool to build community.”
“The arts can reaffirm Latino cultural identity and pride, and can be used
as a tool to build community.”
– Vanessa Calderón-Rosado
2011 Aetna Latino Calendar | www.aetnalatinocalendar.com
Betsy Dopico
Zumba® Fitness and Zumbatomic® Instructor
Dance. Art. Fitness. Studio
Miami, FL
Cuando Betsy Dopico acudió a su primera clase de Zumba Fitness
mientras vivía en Mexico, el programa la intrigó. Pero cuando se enteró de
que existía una versión de ese programa de ejercicios bailables para niños
llamada “Zumbatomic”, se inspiró.
“Fue maravilloso ver que había un programa divertido para que los
jóvenes disfrutaran hacer ejercicio”, dijo Dopico, quien ahora enseña
ambas clases de Zumba en su estudio llamado Dance. Art. Fitness.
Studio en Miami, Florida.
Zumba Fitness incorpora estilos de baile y ritmos latinos e internacionales
en un intenso programa de entrenamiento por intervalos. Zumbatomic
mezcla los movimientos básicos del programa con ejercicios entretenidos
y seguros para los niños.
“Los niños trabajan juntos en una rutina de baile mientras aprenden
diferentes ritmos y pasos. Aprenden cumbia, salsa, merengue y más”,
explicó Dopico. “Para ellos es jugar y bailar, y no es ejercicio”.
Dopico da clases de Zumbatomic en su estudio a niños entre los cinco y
13 años de edad dos veces por semana. “He visto cómo muchos niños han
perdido peso al tomar mi clase. Los padres también me dicen que sus hijos
tienen más confianza en si mismos – bailan en todas partes, y son más
sociables”, dijo.
Dopico valora los importantes vínculos que hay entre la danza, el ejercicio
y el bienestar emocional, ya que gracias al baile pudo sentirse como en casa
después de mudarse de su Cuba natal a México y después a Miami.
“Fue maravilloso ver que había un programa
divertido para que los jóvenes disfrutaran
“Al principio cuando me mudé me era difícil bailar”, dijo. “Pero cuando
me encontré con el programa Zumba, empecé a hacerlo de nuevo, y me
hizo sentirme conectada a mi cultura. Me inspiró, y quiero ofrecer esa
misma inspiración a otros”.
hacer ejercicio”.
– Betsy Dopico
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
El baile promueve la buena salud de los huesos y puede
fortalecer tus piernas y caderas.
HEALTH TIP
Dancing promotes bone health, and can strengthen
the bones of your legs and hips.
abril/April
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
mié./Wed.
jue./Thu.
vie./Fri.
1
When Betsy Dopico first took a Zumba Fitness class while living in
Mexico, she was intrigued. But when she learned about the kids-focused
version of the dance fitness program called Zumbatomic, she was inspired.
“It was wonderful to see that there was a fun program for young people
that makes exercise enjoyable,” said Dopico, who now teaches both
Zumba programs at her Dance. Art. Fitness. Studio in Miami, Florida.
Dopico teaches Zumbatomic twice a week in her studio to children ages
5 to 13. “I’ve had many children lose weight from taking my class.
Parents also tell me that their children are more confident – they dance
everywhere, and they are more social,” she said.
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– Betsy Dopico
2011 Aetna Latino Calendar | www.aetnalatinocalendar.com
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Prepare healthful meals
with your children.
Teach them about
smart food choices.
17
Small steps add up –
take the stairs instead
of an elevator today.
Dopico recognizes the important links between dancing, fitness and
emotional well-being because it was dancing that made her feel at home
again after moving from her native Cuba to Mexico and then to Miami.
“It was wonderful to see that there was a
fun program for young people that makes
exercise enjoyable.”
6
When was the last time
you saw your dentist?
Is it time for your yearly
cleaning?
Palm Sunday
“When I first moved, it was hard for me to dance,” she said. “But when
I found the Zumba program, I started to dance again. It made me feel
connected to my culture. I was inspired. And I want to provide that
inspiration to others.”
2
Stop by your local police
department to have
your child’s car seat
installation inspected.
Zumba Fitness incorporates Latin and international dance styles and
rhythms in a calorie-burning interval-training program. Zumbatomic
mixes the core program’s moves with fun and safe exercises for kids.
“Kids get to work together on a routine while learning different rhythms
and steps. They learn the cumbia, salsa, merengue and more,” Dopico said.
“They think of it as playing and dancing, not as exercising.”
sáb./Sat.
24
Easter
25
26
Good Friday
27
28
29
30
Children’s Day
(Mexico)
Luis Martinez
Artistic Director, Kean Dance Theatre, and
Associate Professor, Physical Education and
Recreation Health
Kean University
Union, NJ
Luis Martinez se guía por las palabras que su padre le impartió siendo
niño: “La vida es demasiado corta como para dejar pasar un baile.”
A una edad temprana descubrió el baile, pero empezó a interesarse en
el baile teatral a la edad de cinco años después de ver West Side Story.
Años más tarde en la Universidad de Illinois, inició su trayectoria con
el fin de alcanzar sus sueños. Hoy en día, comparte su pasión por el baile
con sus alumnos de Kean University, donde además dirige la agrupación
de baile teatral y ejerce como asesor de “Ritmo Latino”, un club estudiantil
de estudios y bailes latinos.
Los beneficios de la danza son infinitos, dice Martinez, tras indicar que
estudios científicos publicados en el “New England Journal of Medicine”
han demostrado que el baile mejora la salud mental, física y emocional.
“El baile es una actividad con múltiples facetas simultáneas. Tu cerebro y
tu mente tienen que ser flexibles. Tienes que pensar mientras bailas. Tienes
que aprender y memorizar las rutinas, y después bailar mientras proyectas
una amplia gama de expresiones”, dijo.
Algunos de los beneficios que imparte el baile a la salud, dijo, incluyen la
reducción del estrés, el aumento de los niveles de energía, el mejoramiento
del tono, flexibilidad y coordinación muscular mientras quemas calorías,
y la disminución de la presión arterial y de los niveles de colesterol. “Esto
es especialmente importante para las comunidades latinas, donde la presión
arterial alta y el colesterol alto son más frecuentes”, dijo Martinez.
“Les digo que cada quien tiene su propio ritmo.
Disfrútalo. Sé constante y fíjate una meta”.
Para ayudar a los nuevos estudiantes a sobrepasar el miedo de bailar,
Martinez anima a los estudiantes a no juzgarse a sí mismos. “Les digo que
cada quien tiene su propio ritmo. Disfrútalo. Sé constante y fíjate una
meta”, dijo.
– Luis Martinez
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Para bailar tienes que memorizar pasos y colaborar con tu
pareja, lo cual te presenta retos que ayudan a mantener
ágil a tu mente.
mayo/May
dom./Sun.
1
lun./Mon.
2
8
9
Mother’s Day
National Women’s
Checkup Day. Don’t
forget to make an
appointment for a
checkup with your
health care provider.
15
16
mar./Tue.
3
10
17
HEALTH TIP
Dancing requires memorizing steps and working with a
partner, both of which provide mental challenges that
are crucial for brain health.
mié./Wed.
4
11
18
jue./Thu.
5
6
Cinco de Mayo
Protect your eyes.
Wear those shades!
12
19
Paraguay
Independence Day
22
13
20
sáb./Sat.
7
Luis Martinez lives by the words his father shared with him while growing
up: “Life is too short to let a dance go by.”
14
21
Cuba
Independence Day
23
24
25
26
Revolution Day
(Argentina)
29
vie./Fri.
30
31
Memorial Day Observed
Thought for the day:
You can’t be unhappy
when you’re smiling
or singing.
“I let them know that we each have our own drumbeat and pace.
Enjoy it. Be consistent and set a goal for yourself.”
– Luis Martinez
2011 Aetna Latino Calendar | www.aetnalatinocalendar.com
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Have you made that
appointment for an
eye exam?
28
He was introduced to dance at a young age, but he became intrigued
with theatrical dance at age 5 after watching West Side Story. Years
later at the University of Illinois, he began to pursue his dancing dream.
Today, he shares his joy of dancing with the students he teaches at
Kean University, where he also directs the dance theatre and serves as
the advisor to Ritmo Latino, a student club that studies and performs
Latin dance.
The benefits of dance are endless, according to Martinez, citing that
scientific studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine
have shown that dance improves mental, physical and emotional health.
“Dance is a multitasking activity. Your brain and your mind have to be
flexible. You have to think on your feet. You have to learn and memorize
routines, and then perform them with a varied range of expression,”
he said.
Some of the healthful benefits of dance, he said, include reducing
stress; increasing energy levels; improving muscle tone, flexibility, and
coordination while burning calories; and lowering blood pressure and
cholesterol levels. “This is especially important for Latino communities,
where high blood pressure and high cholesterol are more prevalent,”
said Martinez.
To help new students overcome the fear of dance, Martinez encourages
students not to judge themselves. “I let them know that we each have
our own drumbeat and pace. Enjoy it. Be consistent and set a goal for
yourself,” he said.
Salud Leon and Sergio Leal
Directors, Latin Dance Pro
Pasadena, CA
Para Salud Leon y Sergio Leal, la danza es más que un pasatiempo.
Es una manera de vivir.
“El baile ha cambiado todos los aspectos de nuestras vidas de la manera
más positiva”, dijo Leon. “Compartimos la pasión por la danza, y nos
ganamos la vida con ella. Nuestra meta es compartir esa pasión con los
demás y demostrar los efectos transformadores de la danza – tanto física
como mentalmente”.
Los dos grandes amigos descubrieron su amor por la danza en la
universidad, y su talento natural fue reconocido desde temprano. Los
dos han enseñado, actuado, competido y coreografiado danzas juntos
desde entonces.
Hoy en día dirigen su propia academia de baile y compañía de
entretenimiento, Latin Dance Pro, en Pasadena. Se centran en la
enseñanza de bailes latinos como la salsa, cumbia, cha-cha-cha,
merengue y tango argentino.
“Presentar el baile a nuestra comunidad es una experiencia gratificante y
única”, dijo Leal. “En nuestras clases, nos esforzamos por crear un entorno
que sea acogedor y estimulante. A través de bailes latinos, ¡ayudamos a
personas de todos los sectores de la vida a dejar a un lado sus inhibiciones
y divertirse”!
León dice que una vez que los nuevos estudiantes se sienten a gusto,
experimentan numerosos beneficios. “Para muchos de nuestros
estudiantes, el baile se convierte en una rutina para mantenerse en
buena salud”, dijo. “La emoción y los beneficios de aprender a bailar
pueden ser adictivos”.
Leal está encantado de que la danza latina esté ganando popularidad.
“El baile latino le ha abierto muchas puertas a nuestra cultura a través del
movimiento y la música. La energía positiva que crea la danza impulsa a
otros a experimentar y comprender quiénes somos. Es increíble”.
“La emoción y los beneficios de aprender
a bailar pueden ser adictivos”.
– Salud Leon
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Es importante seleccionar un buen instructor de baile. Un
maestro de baile no sólo enseña nuevos pasos y técnicas,
sino que también corrige tus errores.
HEALTH TIP
Know the importance of choosing a good dance
instructor. A dance teacher not only teaches new steps
and techniques, but also corrects mistakes.
junio/June
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
mié./Wed.
1
For Salud Leon and Sergio Leal, dance is more than a hobby.
It is a way of life.
“Dance has altered every aspect of our lives in the most positive ways,”
said Leon. “We share a passion for dance, and we have turned it into our
business. Our goal is to share that passion with others and to demonstrate
the transformative effects of dance – both physically and mentally.”
The two longtime friends discovered their shared love for dance in college,
and their natural talent was recognized early on. They have been teaching,
performing, competing and choreographing dance together ever since.
Today, they run their own dance academy and entertainment company,
Latin Dance Pro, in Pasadena. They focus on teaching Latin dances such
as the salsa, cumbia, cha-cha-cha, merengue and Argentine tango.
“Introducing our community to dance is a rewarding and unique
experience,” said Leal. “In our classes, we strive to create an environment
that is welcoming and inspiring. Through Latin dancing, we enable
people from all walks of life to let go of their inhibitions and have fun!”
jue./Thu.
3
4
Make time today for
exercise.
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
13
14
15
16
17
18
24
25
Don’t forget your
sunscreen today.
12
Practice safety habits at
home to prevent falls
and fractures.
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Leon said that once new students feel at ease, they experience numerous
benefits. “Dancing becomes a fitness regimen for a lot of our students,”
she said. “The excitement and benefits of learning to dance can be
habit forming.”
“The excitement and benefits of learning to
dance can be habit forming.”
– Salud Leon
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sáb./Sat.
2
Father’s Day
Leal is thrilled that Latin dancing is gaining popularity. “Latin dance
has opened up many doors for our culture through the movement and
the music. The positive energy that dance creates draws others in to
experience and understand who we are. It’s amazing.”
vie./Fri.
26
Buckle up! Wear a seat
belt at all times.
Lillian Rodríguez López
President, Hispanic Federation
Fourth Annual Get Up! Get Moving!TM
New York, NY
Desde 2007, la Federación Hispana ha motivado a miles de personas a
levantarse y moverse en la ciudad de Nueva York. ¿Cómo? Con su evento
comunitario anual que lleva un nombre irresistible: “¡Bailando hacia la
salud!”.
“Queríamos hacer algo que fuera culturalmente relevante para nuestra
comunidad. Gracias a la televisión, el baile se ha vuelto muy popular”,
dijo Lillian Rodríguez Lópes, presidente de la Hispanic Federation. “Ésta
es una manera excelente y económica de motivar a la gente”.
El evento “¡Levántate y Muévete!”, que cuenta con el respaldo de la
Alianza Nacional para la Salud Hispana y de corporaciones como Aetna,
ofrece exámenes y talleres sobre la salud, clínicas deportivas, y lecciones
de baile. Los asistentes pueden aprender salsa, merengue, y también
participar en una competencia de baile.
“Hay personas de todas las edades que bailan en la competencia”, dijo
Rodríguez López. “Hay madres e hijos y abuelos y nietas bailando juntos;
verdaderamente éste se ha convertido en un evento multigeneracional.
Nuestros jueces eliminan a los participantes hasta quedar con los tres
mejores equipos. El premio a los ganadores son lecciones de baile”.
La Federación decidió impulsar este evento hace cuatro años, debido al
problema creciente de la obesidad en las comunidades latinas. “La gente
se ha vuelto muy sedentaria mirando televisión y jugando juegos de video.
Tenemos que recordarles constantemente a las personas cómo mantener
un estilo de vida saludable”, dijo Rodríguez López. “La música y el baile
están en nuestra sangre, y pueden verdaderamente cambiar tu estado de
ánimo y relajarte”.
“La música y el baile están en nuestra sangre, y pueden verdaderamente
cambiar tu estado de ánimo y relajarte”.
– Lillian Rodríguez López
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Estírate y caliéntate por lo menos 10 minutos todos los
días. Verás que bailar es más fácil y tendrás más energía.
julio/July
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
HEALTH TIP
Stretch and condition at least 10 minutes every day.
You will find that dancing is easier, and you will have
more energy.
mar./Tue.
mié./Wed.
jue./Thu.
vie./Fri.
1
sáb./Sat.
2
Since 2007, the Hispanic Federation has been getting thousands of people
up and moving in New York City through its annual community event.
How? By focusing the event on Dancing Towards Health – ¡Bailando
hacia la salud!
Applying sunblock to
your face daily, even
during the winter
months, keeps your
skin healthy and
protected.
3
10
4
5
Independence Day
(U.S. and Puerto Rico)
Venezuela
Independence Day
11
12
6
7
8
9
Argentina
Independence Day
13
14
15
16
Avoid overexposure to
the sun.
17
24
18
19
25
26
Constitution Day
(Puerto RIco)
Do everything in
moderation. Even your
favorite activities.
31
20
21
Colombia
Independence Day
Drink lots of water.
Your body needs it.
27
28
Peru
Independence Day
“Music and dance are ingrained in all of us. They can really
change your mood and act as a de-stressor.”
– Lillian Rodríguez López
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“We wanted to do something that was culturally relevant to our
community. Dancing has become very popular with TV shows,” said
Lillian Rodríguez López, president, Hispanic Federation. “This is
such a great and inexpensive way to engage people.”
The “Get Up! Get Moving!” event is supported by the National Alliance
for Hispanic Health and corporations such as Aetna. It provides health
screenings and workshops, sports clinics and dance lessons. Attendees
have the chance to learn different dance styles such as salsa or merengue.
They also can compete in a dance-off.
“People of all ages compete in the dance-off,” said Rodríguez López.
“We have mothers and sons and grandfathers and granddaughters dancing
together. It really has become a multigenerational event. Our judges
narrow it down through the process of elimination to the three best
teams. The winning teams get dance lessons as their prize.”
The Federation decided to take on this event four years ago because of
the growing challenges of obesity within Latino communities. “People
have become so stationary at home watching television and playing video
games. We have to constantly remind them how to achieve healthful
lifestyles,” Rodríguez López said. “Music and dance are ingrained in all
of us. They can really change your mood and act as a de-stressor.”
Esther Gutiérrez Sloan
Founder and President, SALSArobics®, Inc.
Chicago, IL
Después de dar a luz a dos niños en la década de los 80, Esther Gutiérrez
Sloan, nacida en Colombia, buscaba una manera de volverse a vincular
con su cultura y a la vez mejorar su salud.
“Empecé a pensar acerca de la música y el baile. Pensé que si podemos
bailar como actividad social y para celebrar nuestra cultura, ¿por qué no
podemos utilizar esa misma pasión para cuidar nuestra salud y bienestar?”
dijo Gutiérrez Sloan.
Con ese propósito creó SALSArobics, un ejercicio aeróbico que incorpora
música auténtica y los pasos de populares bailes latinos como la salsa, cumbia,
mambo, merengue y otros. Con la ayuda de su esposo, Gutiérrez Sloan
produjo un video de ejercicios de SALSArobics. El video fue considerado
como pionero en su industria y hasta hoy en día continúa gozando de
popularidad. Posteriormente, presentó SALSArobics a su comunidad de
Chicago, ofreciendo clases y entrenamiento, y certificando instructores
a nivel local.
“Nuestras clases instruyen a la gente acerca de la danza y la fisiología
del ejercicio”, dijo Gutiérrez Sloan. “Puedes tomar lo que aprendes a la
discoteca. También puedes modificar los pasos para trabajar a tu propio
ritmo. ¡Puedes fácilmente quemar 500 calorías en una clase sin siquiera
darte cuenta!”.
Para Gutiérrez Sloan, SALSArobics es más que una manera de mantenerse
en forma. “El baile me mantiene cerca de mi país y de mi cultura. Cuando
bailo cumbia, me siento como si no estuviera lejos de mi hogar. No es
sólo el ejercicio físico, es también un ejercicio para la mente y una terapia
emocional. ¡Me mantiene viva!”, dijo.
“El baile me mantiene cerca de mi país y de mi cultura”.
– Esther Gutiérrez Sloan
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Bailar salsa es bueno para fortalecer tu resistencia y a
menudo sirve como método para bajar de peso.
HEALTH TIP
Salsa dancing is known to build stamina and often serves
as an effective weight-loss method.
agosto/August
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
1
After giving birth to two children in the 1980s, Colombia-born
Esther Gutiérrez Sloan was looking for a way to reconnect to her
culture while improving her health.
7
She created SALSArobics, an aerobic exercise that incorporates authentic
music and steps from popular Latin dances such as the salsa, cumbia,
mambo, merengue and others. With the help of her husband, Gutiérrez
Sloan produced a SALSArobics exercise video. The video was considered
groundbreaking in the industry and is still popular today. She then
introduced SALSArobics to her Chicago community by offering classes
and training, and certifying local exercise instructors.
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“Our classes educate people on dance and on exercise physiology,” said
Gutiérrez Sloan. “You can take what you learn to the nightclub. You also
can modify the dance steps to work at your own intensity. You can easily
burn 500 calories in one class without even realizing it!”
21
“Dance keeps me close to the country and
culture from which I came.”
– Esther Gutiérrez Sloan
2011 Aetna Latino Calendar | www.aetnalatinocalendar.com
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mié./Wed.
3
jue./Thu.
4
vie./Fri.
5
Volunteer at a local
blood drive this month.
“I began to think about music and dancing. I thought, if we can
dance to be social and to celebrate our culture, why can’t we extend
that passion to taking care of ourselves from a health and fitness
standpoint?” Gutiérrez Sloan said.
For Gutiérrez Sloan, SALSArobics is more than a way to stay in shape.
“Dance keeps me close to the country and culture from which I came.
When I do the cumbia, I feel like I’m not far away from home. It’s not
just physical exercise. It’s also mental exercise and emotional therapy.
It keeps me very alive,” she said.
mar./Tue.
8
sáb./Sat.
6
Bolivia
Independence Day
9
10
11
12
13
18
19
20
Ecuador
Independence Day
15
16
17
Don’t forget to schedule
an eye appointment for
your child.
22
23
24
Time to renew your
driver’s license?
Consider becoming an
organ donor.
28
29
25
Uruguay
Independence Day
30
31
Shop at a farmers
market. It’s a great way
to eat healthfully.
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Jorge Alonso Pérez
Founder and CEO, “Dance Therapy”
Dance Your Depression Away!, Inc.
San Antonio, TX
Jorge Alonso Pérez descubrió los poderes curativos de la danza siendo
un niño en México. Cuando era joven, perdió a varios seres queridos.
Agobiado por la depresión, encontró consuelo en la danza.
El ver bailar a Fred Astaire por primera vez lo motivó a convertirse en
un bailarín profesional. Fue instructor de baile en varios estudios locales.
También enseñó en Alemania mientras servía en la Fuerza Aérea de los
EE. UU.
Sin embargo, Pérez siempre supo que tenía que alcanzar metas más altas.
Mientras se recuperaba de un ataque al corazón siendo todavía joven,
decidió vivir su sueño de ayudar a otros a superar la depresión.
En 2003, Pérez fundó “Danzaterapia” ¡Baile y No Se Deprima!, Inc. Esta
organización sin fines de lucro ayuda a los niños, adultos y personas de
la tercera edad a vencer la depresión por medio del baile. El programa
combina el baile latino con el asesoramiento, el descubrimiento espiritual
y la educación cultural. Hoy en día, Pérez supervisa este programa en
casi 30 centros de nutrición para personas mayores en San Antonio y
tres escuelas primarias con 90 estudiantes de tercer grado.
“Todas nuestras actividades se centran en la familia y la comunidad”,
dijo Pérez. “Cuando tienes un niño saludable, tienes una familia saludable.
Y con familias sanas, se crean vecindarios saludables. Los vecindarios
saludables forman una ciudad saludable”.
El baile, según Pérez, es mucho más que moverse. “Por medio del baile
ayudamos a las personas a sentirse más felices y menos estresadas. No hay
nada mejor que ver a los niños y a sus padres bailando juntos”, dijo.
“Por medio del baile ayudamos a las personas a
sentirse más felices y menos estresadas. No hay
nada mejor que ver a los niños y a sus padres
bailando juntos”.
– Jorge Alonso Pérez
20 11
septiembre/September
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
mié./Wed.
jue./Thu.
1
vie./Fri.
2
Mexico Presidential State
of the Union Address
4
5
6
Labor Day
(U.S. and Puerto Rico)
11
18
12
19
13
20
Chile
Independence Day
25
8
Brazil
Independence Day
Know your numbers.
Learn your current blood
pressure, cholesterol and
body mass index.
14
15
16
Independence Day
(Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras
and Nicaragua)
Mexico
Independence Day
22
23
Belize
Independence Day
26
27
28
29
9
Seeing Fred Astaire dance for the first time motivated him to become
a professional dancer. He taught dance at various local studios. He also
taught in Germany while serving in the U.S. Air Force.
17
24
In 2003, Pérez founded “Dance Therapy” Dance Your Depression Away!,
Inc. The nonprofit organization helps children, adults and seniors deal
with depression through dance. The program combines Latin ballroom
dance with counseling, spiritual discovery and cultural education.
Currently, Pérez oversees the dance program in nearly 30 San Antonio
senior nutrition centers and three elementary schools serving 90
third-grade students.
If you are a man over
50, schedule a prostate
exam this year.
“Everything we do is about family and community,” said Pérez.
“When you have a healthy child, you have a healthy family. When
you have healthy families, you create healthy neighborhoods.
Healthy neighborhoods build a healthy city.”
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Dance, according to Pérez, is much more than movement. “We are
empowering people to feel happier and less stressed. There is nothing
better than seeing children and parents dancing together,” he said.
“We are empowering people to feel happier and less stressed. There is
nothing better than seeing children and parents dancing together.”
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Jorge Alonso Pérez discovered the healing powers of dance as a young
boy in Mexico. As a young man, he lost several loved ones. Overwhelmed
by depression, he found solace in dance.
But Pérez always knew he had a greater calling. While recovering from
a heart attack at an early age, he decided to pursue his dream of helping
others overcome depression.
Don’t forget to
wear red on World
Heart Day.
– Jorge Alonso Pérez
HEALTH TIP
Not only does the physical aspect of dancing increase
blood flow to the brain, but also the social aspect leads
to less stress, depression and loneliness.
3
Preserve the nutrients
and colors in vegetables.
Cook them quickly by
steaming or stir frying.
7
21
sáb./Sat.
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Bailar no sólo aumenta el flujo de sangre al cerebro, sino
que la interacción social que promueve el baile conlleva
a una disminución del estrés, la depresión, y la sensación
de soledad.
Julie Avalos
Project Director, Healthy Movimiento
Congreso de Latinos Unidos
Philadelphia, PA
¿Cuál es la mejor manera de motivar a los adolescentes a comer bien y
hacer ejercicio? Por medio de actividades interesantes y divertidas.
“Muchos adolescentes piensan que el ejercicio es aburrido”, dijo Julie Avalos,
directora de la organización de multiservicios Congreso de Latinos Unidos.
“Nuestro objetivo fue crear un programa para superar esa percepción con
el fin de interesar a los niños y cambiar sus hábitos de comportamiento”.
Avalos y su organización desarrollaron Healthy Movimiento, un programa
para el bienestar para los jóvenes entre los 12 y 21 años de edad. El
programa se lleva a cabo cada verano en campamentos de día y escuelas
locales. Cada sesión incluye 30 minutos de educación para el bienestar
y una hora de enseñanza de baile.
“Es una excelente combinación. Comenzamos cada sesión con un tema
como la obesidad y sus consecuencias, cómo medir tu índice de masa
corporal, o cómo controlar el tamaño de las porciones. La clase de baile
que sigue está relacionada a la información que se impartió en clase”,
dijo Avalos.
Durante la sesión de baile, los bailarines profesionales enseñan a los
jóvenes cómo pueden elevar su ritmo cardíaco bailando merengue, salsa
y hasta hip-hop.
“Tratamos de darles a los niños herramientas para su propio desarrollo”,
dijo Avalos. “Queremos que entiendan que el ejercicio no debe sentirse
como una faena. Puedes reunirte con tus amigos, sudar y divertirte
mientras te pones en forma”.
Healthy Movimiento cierra con un gran evento para la comunidad. Los
jóvenes realizan bailes y comparten lo que han aprendido durante todo
el programa. “Los chicos están muy entusiasmados. Al final se puede
ver que han cambiado su perspectiva acerca del ejercicio y la nutrición”,
dijo Avalos.
“Queremos que entiendan que el ejercicio no debe sentirse como una faena.
Puedes reunirte con tus amigos, sudar y divertirte mientras te pones en forma”.
– Julie Avalos
20 11
UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Tu cuerpo bailará mejor cuando estés relajado. Respira
profundamente varias veces y aclara tu mente. Aprende
a dejarte llevar por la música.
HEALTH TIP
Your body will dance best in a relaxed state. Take a
few deep breaths and clear your mind. Teach yourself
to unwind to the music.
octubre/October
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
mié./Wed.
jue./Thu.
vie./Fri.
sáb./Sat.
1
What is the best way to motivate teenagers to eat right and exercise?
Make it interesting and fun.
“Many teenagers think exercise is boring,” said Julie Avalos, director of
the multiservice organization Congreso de Latinos Unidos. “Our goal
was to design a program that overcame that perception to engage kids
and change their behaviors.”
Avalos and her organization developed Healthy Movimiento, a wellness
program that targets youth 12–21. The program takes place each summer
in local day camps and schools. Each session includes 30 minutes of
wellness education and one hour of dance instruction.
“It’s a great mix. We start each session with a topic such as obesity and
its outcomes, how to measure your body mass index, or learning about
portion control. The dance instruction that follows is tied to the
information learned in class,” said Avalos.
During the dance session, professional dancers teach youth how they can
get their heart rates up while doing the merengue, salsa and even hip-hop.
“We try to empower the kids,” said Avalos. “We want them to understand
that exercise doesn’t need to feel like work. You can get together, sweat
and have fun while you get fit.”
Healthy Movimiento culminates with a large event for the community.
The youth perform dances and share what they’ve learned in class.
“The kids are so enthusiastic. By the end you can see that they’ve really
changed their perspective on exercise and nutrition,” said Avalos.
“We want them to understand that exercise
doesn’t need to feel like work. You can get
together, sweat and have fun while you get fit.”
– Julie Avalos
2011 Aetna Latino Calendar | www.aetnalatinocalendar.com
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4
5
6
7
8
10
11
12
13
14
15
If you’re a woman
over 40, schedule a
mammogram this year.
9
Columbus Day Observed
(U.S. and Puerto Rico)
16
National Day (Spain)
Schedule time this
month to talk with
your doctor about your
prescriptions.
17
18
19
20
21
22
24
25
26
27
28
29
World Food Day.
Donate a nonperishable
food item to your local
shelter or food pantry.
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30
31
Keep a positive attitude
toward life. Do something today that makes
you happy.
Dunia Sanchez, LMT, CPT, CES
Wellness Instructor, Medical Wellness Center
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL
Para Dunia Sanchez, empezar un programa de ejercicios y aprender a bailar
se basa en la misma cosa – dar un primer paso decisivo y fundamental.
“Para mucha gente, bailar es un territorio desconocido. Es como ir a un
gimnasio por primera vez. Las personas se sienten intimidadas y no
quieren probar. Pero una vez que dan el primer paso, se dan cuenta de
lo divertido que es”, dijo.
Sanchez es una instructora para el bienestar en el Centro Médico para el
Bienestar de la Facultad de Medicina Miller de la Universidad de Miami.
Es profesora de Zumba® Fitness, un programa bailable de ejercicios, que
incorpora bailes y ritmos latinos e internacionales en intervalos de
entrenamiento cardiovascular y de resistencia.
“Las clases de Zumba son para personas de todas las edades y habilidades”,
dijo. “Es como una gran fiesta. La gente viene a aprender a bailar, a
socializar y a pasar un buen rato”.
Sin embargo, el programa Zumba es más que sólo divertirse, dijo Sanchez.
“Bailar es un ejercicio cardiovascular fantástico. Ejercita todos los músculos
en el cuerpo con el fin de mantener el ritmo. Aumenta el tono muscular
y eleva al máximo el gasto calórico necesario para bajar de peso. También
libera endorfinas, las ‘hormonas de la felicidad’ que reducen el estrés”, dijo.
Sanchez da clases de Zumba desde hace cuatro años, pero ha bailado toda
su vida. “Aprendí a bailar antes de caminar. Cuando yo era un bebé en
Cuba, mi madre me levantaba y me pedía que bailara para ella. Sacudía
las caderas para arriba y para abajo,” dijo. “Creo que es muy común en
la cultura latina que la danza forme parte de la vida desde el primer
momento. El baile está marcado en mi ADN”.
“Las clases de Zumba son para personas de todas las edades y habilidades”.
– Dunia Sanchez
20 11
noviembre/November
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
mié./Wed.
1
2
All Saints Day
All Souls Day
jue./Thu.
3
vie./Fri.
4
13
7
8
.
Election Day
(U.S. and Puerto Rico)
14
15
9
5
Eat less saturated fat
and cholesterol.
10
11
17
18
Challenge someone
you know to participate
in the Great American
Smokeout.
20
21
22
23
Ask your doctor to test
your blood sugar levels.
27
28
24
Thanksgiving Day
29
12
Veterans Day
(U.S. and Puerto Rico)
16
30
Panama
Independence Day
“Zumba classes are for anyone – people of all ages and abilities.”
– Dunia Sanchez
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Discovery of
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HEALTH TIP
Warming up is essential to maintaining musculoskeletal
health during repeat strenuous activity.
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Day of the Dead
(Mexico)
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UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Es esencial que calientes tu cuerpo antes de empezar
una actividad física, para poder mantener la salud de
tus músculos y esqueleto.
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Dunia Sanchez believes that starting an exercise regimen and learning
how to dance both rely on the same thing – taking that decisive and
critical first step.
“For many people, dancing is an unknown territory. It’s very much like
going to a gym for the first time. People are intimidated and don’t want
to try it. But once they take the first step, they see that it’s fun,” she said.
Sanchez is a wellness instructor at the Medical Wellness Center, University of
Miami Miller School of Medicine. She teaches Zumba® Fitness, a dance
fitness program that incorporates Latin and international dance styles
and rhythms to create cardiovascular intervals and resistance training.
“Zumba classes are for anyone – people of all ages and abilities,” she said.
“It’s like a big party. People come to learn how to dance, socialize and
have a good time.”
The Zumba program is not only about having fun, said Sanchez.
“Dancing is a fantastic, high-cardiovascular exercise. It engages every
muscle in the body in order to keep to the rhythm. It increases muscle
tone and maximizes the caloric expenditure needed to lose weight. It also
releases endorphins, the ‘happy hormones’ that reduce stress,” she said.
Sanchez has been teaching Zumba classes for four years, but she has been
dancing for her entire life. “I learned to dance before I could walk. When
I was a baby in Cuba, my mother would hold me up and ask me to
dance for her. I’d shake my hips up and down,” she said. “I think it’s
very common in Latino culture for dance to be part of life from birth.
It’s embedded in my DNA.”
Jorge Mercado
Founder and President, Houston Salsa Dancers
Pearland, TX
Jorge Mercado se siente afortunado de haber podido combinar su amor
por la docencia con su pasión por el baile. Mercado, consejero en una
escuela secundaria, decidió hace más de una década que quería enseñarle
a la gente cómo utilizar el baile para descubrirse a si mismos.
“El baile y la música son terapéuticos por naturaleza”, dijo. “Siempre
han sido una parte importante de mis procesos curativos y para manejar
el dolor”.
En 1999, Mercado fundó Houston Salsa Dancers. Además de proporcionar
más de 150.000 dólares en becas universitarias a adolescentes latinos, el
grupo lleva “Salsaterapia” a la comunidad para impartir un efecto positivo,
mental y físicamente.
La “Salsaterapia” ofrece a los participantes la oportunidad de expresar su
individualidad e imaginación. También les enseña a colaborar con otras
personas. Según Mercado, es más que una experiencia física – es también
una experiencia emocional y espiritual.
“El baile ejerce un efecto muy poderoso sobre nosotros”, dijo Mercado,
quien también es presidente de la Asociación Tejana de Instructores de
Salsa. “Es una herramienta de curación. Es una oportunidad para utilizar
tu cerebro para crear patrones. Es una actividad física, es divertido, y nos
da la oportunidad de expresarnos “.
La ‘Salsaterapia’ ha llevado esperanza a pacientes con cáncer, parejas
con dificultades matrimoniales, y niños. “El objetivo es expulsar los
sentimientos negativos y transmitir energía positiva”, dijo.
Mercado se siente especialmente orgulloso de su trabajo ayudando a
pacientes de cáncer del Centro Médico de Houston a mover sus cuerpos
por medio del baile. “Tengo el privilegio de poder ayudar a otros a
enfrentar nuevos retos y a lograr cosas que jamás pensaron que
podían hacer”, dijo.
“El objetivo es expulsar los sentimientos
negativos y transmitir energía positiva”.
– Jorge Mercado
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UN CONSEJO PARA TU SALUD
Cerciórate de utilizar el calzado correcto para bailar. Los
zapatos de baile están cuidadosamente diseñados para
proteger las piernas y los pies, y para ofrecerte el soporte
que necesitas al bailar.
diciembre/December
HEALTH TIP
Be certain that you are dancing in the correct type of
shoe. Dance shoes are carefully structured to protect
the legs and feet, and to benefit the dancer.
dom./Sun.
lun./Mon.
mar./Tue.
mié./Wed.
jue./Thu.
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Jorge Mercado feels lucky that he has been able to combine his love for
teaching with his passion for dance. A high school guidance counselor,
Mercado decided more than a decade ago that he wanted to show people
how to use dance to better connect to their inner selves.
“Dancing and music are therapeutic by nature,” he said. “They have
always been an important part of my healing and grieving process.”
In 1999, Mercado founded Houston Salsa Dancers. In addition to providing
more than $150,000 in college scholarship money to Latino teens, the
group brings Salsa Therapy into the community to positively impact
the mind and body.
Salsa Therapy gives participants the chance to express their individuality
and imagination. It also shows them how to work with a partner.
According to Mercado, it’s more than a physical experience – it’s
emotional and spiritual as well.
“Dance has a very powerful effect on us,” said Mercado, who also is
president of the Texas Association of Salsa Instructors. “It is a healing
tool. It’s a chance to use your brain to create patterns. It’s physical,
it’s fun, and it gives us a chance to express ourselves.”
Salsa Therapy has brought hope to cancer patients, struggling married
couples and children. “The goal is to kick away negative feelings and
pass along the positive energy,” he said.
Mercado is especially proud when he helps cancer patients at the Houston
Medical Center get their bodies moving through dance. “I’ve been blessed
that I have had the opportunity to help others accept new challenges and
do things that they never thought they were capable of doing,” he said.
“The goal is to kick away negative feelings
and pass along the positive energy.”
– Jorge Mercado
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Try singing the alphabet
in your head while
washing your hands.
It’s a great way to make
sure you’re washing
them long enough.
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Biographies
Julie Avalos
Julie Avalos is the director of family health services at Congreso de
Latinos Unidos, a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia that
strengthens Latino communities through social, economic, education
and health services; leadership development; and advocacy.
Avalos is responsible for developing, implementing and managing
successful health-related services, and ensuring that they are culturally
and linguistically appropriate. She also oversees programs that focus
on several public health areas, including services for domestic violence
survivors and their children, maternal infant and child health services,
community health prevention programming, and services for pregnant
and parenting teens.
A licensed social worker, Avalos is an active member of Philadelphia’s
Mayor’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence and The Philadelphia Coalition
of Victim Advocates. She has done systems work both locally and statewide;
advocating to reduce health disparities, improve access to resources within
the Latino community and promote general positive health outcomes.
Avalos earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from
Temple University.
Vanessa Calderón-Rosado
Vanessa Calderón-Rosado is the chief executive officer of Inquilinos
Boricuas en Acción (IBA), a community-building nonprofit organization
based in Boston, Massachusetts, that develops low- and moderate-income
housing, provides support services to families, and promotes and preserves
Latino artistic expression.
During Calderón-Rosado’s tenure, IBA has completed a dramatic financial,
operational and programmatic turnaround. Under her leadership, IBA
has expanded the Pathway Technology Campus, a joint venture with
Bunker Hill Community College that created a technology-infused
satellite campus in IBA’s affordable housing community, Villa Victoria.
She also has helped increase IBA’s arts and culture programs to anchor
it as New England’s prime Latino arts hub.
In 2009, Calderón-Rosado was selected for the Barr Foundation Fellowship
granted to 12 of the most gifted nonprofit leaders in Greater Boston.
Calderón-Rosado serves on the board of directors of Massachusetts’ Board
of Elementary and Secondary Education, Boston Afterschool and Beyond,
and the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders. She
is a member of the advisory committees of the Center for Community
Health Improvement at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Mauricio
Gastón Institute at UMASS-Boston and the McCormack Graduate
School of Policy at UMASS-Boston.
Calderón-Rosado has many outside interests, including reading, dancing,
pilates, Zumba®, cooking and traveling. She received her doctorate in
public policy on aging at the Gerontology Center of the University
of Massachusetts at Boston.
Calderón-Rosado lives in Milton, Massachusetts, with her husband
and two sons.
Betsy Dopico
Betsy Dopico, a native Cuban, is a renowned Zumba® instructor and
musician. She is a cofounder of Dance. Art. Fitness. Studio
(DAF Studio) in Miami, Florida.
DAF Studio represents the synergic collaboration of the mind, body and
spirit through dance, arts and fitness. At DAF Studio, Dopico leads a
team of well-seasoned professional choreographers and artists who instruct
both children and adults by utilizing various forms of dance to promote
greater physical and cognitive well-being.
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Esther Gutiérrez Sloan
Esther Gutiérrez Sloan is the president and founder of SALSArobics®,
Inc., an exercise program that provides a whole-body workout and teaches
Latin dancing at the same time. She also created the FITKIDS children’s
fitness program for the Lake Forest Health and Fitness Institute in
Chicago, which teaches children the importance of exercise and good
health habits.
Anita N. Martinez
Anita N. Martinez has been involved in community service work in
Dallas, Texas, for over 64 years. She is the founder and chief fund-raising
officer of Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Inc. (ANMBF), an
educational performance-based dance organization dedicated to instilling
cultural pride and awareness in the Hispanic community while educating
the general public about the Hispanic cultural contribution to society.
Certified by the American Council on Exercise and trained in Total
Body Training Systems, Gutiérrez Sloan teaches SALSArobics at several
locations in the Chicago area. She is a popular presenter, having led
SALSArobics exhibitions at fitness conventions, health clubs, high schools
and ethnic festivals nationally and internationally. She has performed
SALSArobics on local and national television in Illinois and California.
ANMBF teaches Hispanic youth about the riches of their culture through
performing arts, making them more aware of traditional Mexican music,
dance and history. This awareness motivates them to stay in school and
aspire to higher education goals.
Since 1998, Gutiérrez Sloan and SALSArobics have been part of the
Pathways to Learning “Be Well/Take Care” curriculum for continuing
education for K-12 teachers. Gutiérrez Sloan is currently a presenter for the
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, introducing young
girls (K-8) throughout the Chicago area to a fitness lifestyle through the
“Fit to Be Me with SALSArobics” program.
Gutiérrez Sloan is a sought-after motivational speaker, who continually
presents at elementary, middle and high schools; colleges; and universities
for both students and faculty. Active in her community, she is a PTO
volunteer and has offered her time to City of Hope, the American
Heart Association, Aids Walk Chicago, Dance for Life, and Latino
Entertainment by leading warm-ups and exercise segments, and
participating in promotional events.
Gutiérrez Sloan received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from
Northeastern Illinois University, graduating with high honors. She has
been married for 38 years and has two daughters.
Sergio Leal
Sergio Leal is a founder and director of Latin Dance Pro, a dance academy
and entertainment company based in Pasadena, California; and Latin
Dance Fashions, an online Latin dancewear company. He also competes
internationally in professional Latin dancing.
At Latin Dance Pro, Leal teaches everything from the basic salsa step to
complex patterns and partnering techniques. He has won high praise
for his teaching method that simplifies complicated salsa patterns into
easy-to-learn movements.
Leal’s performances and choreography have been featured in awardwinning routines, television, film, and numerous articles and magazines.
In 2005, Leal and his partner, Salud Leon, were semifinalists at the 10th
Annual Mayan Salsa World Competition and took third place in the
World Salsa Competition in Miami.
Costumes from Latin Dance Fashions have appeared in film and television,
and have been worn by celebrity dancers in prestigious competitions and
showcases worldwide. Latin Dance Fashions is one of the top-ranking
online stores in the world.
Leal received a bachelor’s degree in pure mathematics from California
State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Salud Leon
Salud Leon is a founder and director of Latin Dance Pro, a dance academy
and entertainment company based in Pasadena, California; and Latin
Dance Fashions, an online Latin dancewear company. She also competes
internationally in professional Latin dancing and has worked as a nurse.
Leon’s approach to teaching salsa at Latin Dance Pro stresses the social
aspects of the dance by emphasizing leading and following techniques over
choreography, which produces a smooth look and feel to partner dancing.
In 2005, while working simultaneously as a professional competitive
dancer and nurse, Leon and her partner, Sergio Leal, took third place
in the World Salsa Competition in Miami and were semifinalists at
the 10th Annual Mayan Salsa World Competition.
As a member of the 5 de Diciembre Brigade of the Universidad Central,
Dopico received national awards for choreography as first figure in the
productions La Cenicienta and Poupurrit Cubano.
Leon’s credits include print and commercial modeling, as well as
appearances on television and in film.
Dopico received a degree in arts from Universidad Central de Las Villas
in Cuba.
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Prior to creating ANMBF, Martinez was active in public affairs. In
1969, she served as a member of the Dallas City Council, becoming the
first Hispanic woman elected to the city council of a major U.S. city.
Her efforts as a council member led to a number of physical and social
improvements in communities of West Dallas and “Little Mexico.”
As a tribute to Martinez’s years of service to the community, the
Dallas City Council named the Anita N. Martinez Recreation Center
in her honor.
Luis Martinez
Luis Martinez has been a professional dancer and dance instructor since
1981. He currently is an associate professor of dance and the artistic
director of Kean Dance Theatre (KDT) at Kean University in Union,
New Jersey.
Martinez has choreographed over 40 works for KDT, the theatre and
music departments, and for numerous campus and community events.
He teaches modern dance composition, improvisation, jazz, dance theatre
production, Latin dance and ballroom dance at Kean. He also is the
faculty advisor of the student-based Latin dance group Ritmo Latino,
which is dedicated to researching and performing traditional and social
Caribbean and Latin American dances.
Martinez has presented his works at regional and national conferences
such as the American College Dance Festival; and the American Alliance
for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Prior to working at Kean University, Martinez performed with various
dance companies in Cleveland, Ohio, and New York City; including the
Rod Rodgers Dance Company and Ballet Hispanico. He also served as an
adjunct professor at Pace University in Briarcliff Manor, New York; and
as a guest dance teacher in Osaka, Japan. Martinez has studied with two
renowned master teachers and performers of Latin dance, Eddie Torres
(the Mambo Dance King) and Maria Torres (a Broadway performer
and choreographer).
Martinez holds bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degree in dance/
choreography from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.
Certified five times in Zumba, Dopico was chosen as a Zumba master
trainer by its creator, Beto Pérez, in 2007. She has appeared as a Zumba
image in Mexico on the television programs “Revista Hoy” and
“Otro Rollo.”
A trained pianist, Dopico won the Cuban National Award as
Instrumentalist, presented by the National Brigade of Amateur Artists,
three years in a row. In 1999, she was awarded the Gold National Medal
as Cuba’s best instrumentalist. In addition to her exploits as a performer,
Dopico has worked as a children’s music and piano teacher.
Under Martinez’s leadership, ANMBF has grown from a small group of
dancers who met in a Dallas community recreation center into the largest
professional ballet folklorico in the United States. It comprises more than
36 dancers and serves hundreds of people during weekly performances.
ANMBF features traditional Hispanic music, authentic costumes, and
dances from various geographical regions and historic periods of Mexico.
Latin Dance Fashions provides high-quality, affordable, custom-made
Latin dance costumes to dancers all over the world. It is one of the
top-ranking online stores in the world.
Leon received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University
of Phoenix.
Jorge L. Mercado
Jorge L. Mercado currently is a guidance counselor at Charles H. Milby
High School in Houston, Texas; a salsa dance instructor at the University
of Houston (Cougar Salsaros); and a former history professor at
Interamerican University in Puerto Rico. He is the founder of the
after-school program Salsa Therapy; and the nonprofit organization
Houston Salsa Dancers, Inc.
Through Salsa Therapy, Mercado meets with Houston-area high school
students at various schools and community centers twice a week, teaching
them Caribbean dances and counseling concepts such as developing
self-esteem and creating personal goals. The students meet on their own
an additional two times a week to improve their skills. In 15 years leading
the program, Mercado has reached out to over 5,000 students.
In 1999, Mercado and a group of his family members founded Houston
Salsa Dancers, an organization designed to enrich and empower youth
and anyone willing through an exploration of dance and culture. Houston
Salsa Dancers developed and created The Houston Salsa Congress,
which is the first-ever salsa congress in Texas; and The Texas Salsa Open,
a competition that qualifies dancers to participate in the annual World
Salsa Championship. The organization has awarded more than $150,000
in college scholarships to students in Houston.
Biographies
A certified salsa instructor, Mercado is the president of the Texas
Association of Salsa Instructors (TASI), which certifies salsa instructors
in Texas. Mercado developed the history of salsa curriculum for TASI.
Mercado earned a master’s degree in counseling from State University of
New York at Brockport, a master’s degree in history from State University
of New York at Buffalo and earned 36 hours toward a doctorate degree
in history from the University of Valladolid in Spain.
Jorge Alonso Pérez
Suffering from depression as a child and adult, Jorge Alonso Pérez
realized that dancing made his depression disappear. Combining his
passion for dance with his desire to serve the community, Pérez founded
“Dance Therapy” Dance Your Depression Away!, Inc., a nonprofit
organization based in San Antonio, Texas, that helps children, adults
and seniors conquer depression through Latin ballroom dancing.
“Dance Therapy” offers free introductory dance lessons designed to
relieve stress, build confidence and self-esteem, strengthen spirituality and
healing, and teach healthful life choices. The organization also provides
advocacy and referral of depressed individuals to qualified mental health
agencies and practitioners.
Pérez has grown “Dance Therapy” from a program run out of his car
into an organization that serves nearly 30 senior nutrition centers and
Dancing With The Children program in three elementary schools across
San Antonio. Pérez’s efforts through “Dance Therapy” was instrumental
in the community-wide San Antonio Mayor’s Dance Challenge.
Lillian Rodríguez López
Lillian Rodríguez López is president of the Hispanic Federation, a
nonprofit membership organization serving close to 100 Latino health
and human service agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
and Pennsylvania.
RESOURCES
For information about Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Inc., visit
www.anmbf.org.
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Under Rodríguez López’s leadership, the Federation has dramatically
increased its organizational capacity to serve a growing network of
member agencies and respond to the Latino community’s local and
national needs.
Prior to joining the Hispanic Federation, Rodríguez López was employed
at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, a public benefit
corporation that oversees New York City’s public health care system.
She worked in several capacities, including as executive assistant to the
chairman of the board of directors.
Rodríguez López currently is chair of the National Hispanic
Leadership Agenda and cochair of the National Latino Coalition on
Climate Change. She also serves as a member of the Citizen’s Union
Board, Nielsen’s Hispanic Latino Advisory Council and News
Corporation’s Diversity Council.
In 2010, People en Español selected Rodríguez López as one of its
25 Most Powerful Latinos in the Country. She also was elected the
2007 Coors Hispanic Leader of the Year.
Rodríguez López received a bachelor of arts degree in communications
from Fordham University and completed the Executive Program at
the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University under the
2003 National Hispana Leadership Institute.
Luis Salgado
A veteran performer and choreographer on the stage, in the movies
and on television, Luis Salgado played Jose and is the Latin assistant
choreographer of the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights.
He also is the founder and director of R.Evolución Latina, a nonprofit
organization in New York City focused on empowering Latino
communities through the arts.
To find a SALSArobics® class near you, visit www.salsarobics.com.
For information about “Dance Therapy” Dance Your Depression Away!, Inc.,
visit www.dancetherapydepression.org.
For information about Congreso de Latinos Unidos, visit
www.congreso.net/home.php.
For information about Dunia Sanchez’s fitness class, visit
wellness.med.miami.edu.
For information about the Houston Salsa Dancers, visit
www.houstonsalsa.org.
Dunia Sanchez
Dunia Sanchez is a wellness instructor at the Miller School of Medicine’s
Medical Wellness Center at the University of Miami. She uses her passion
for helping others and her conviction that fitness is an essential part of
a more healthful lifestyle to help the center’s members achieve their
wellness goals.
Sanchez incorporates her expertise as a licensed massage therapist to
help the wellness center’s members understand the importance of
proper posture when exercising to maximize results and prevent injuries.
A passionate dancer, Sanchez also is a Zumba® instructor, currently
teaching “Zumba Sculpt” and regular Zumba classes at the center.
Sanchez’s fitness experiences include gymnastics, ballet, professional dance
and sports-conditioning training. She is certified by the National Academy
of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist,
certified fitness nutrition specialist and American Heart Association CPR
instructor. Sanchez graduated from a sports academy high school in Cuba.
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Salgado’s choreography in the musical Serenade won the HOLA
(Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) Award for choreography.
SPECIAL THANkS
For information about Kean Dance Theatre, visit www.kean.edu/~kdt.
For information about Latin Dance Pro, visit
www.latindancepro.com/phpweb/index.php.
Salgado has appeared in the films Step Up 2 The Streets, Enchanted,
Across the Universe and Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights.
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To find a Zumba® class near you, visit www.zumba.com/us.
For information about Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Villa Victoria Center
for the Arts, visit www.iba-etc.org.
In addition to In the Heights, Salgado has performed in shows such
as The Mambo Kings, Fame on 42nd Street and Aida ; and is now performing
on Broadway’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He has
choreographed the musicals Serenade, Salsa Gorda, I’ll Be Damned and
Shafrika The White Girl.
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R.Evolución Latina is a collective of artists and activists committed to
empowering the artistic community in order to inspire growth within
the Latino community through collaboration, productions and
educational support programs. Salgado teaches dance in communities
in need throughout the five boroughs of New York City through
R.Evolución Latina’s educational programs.
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