Spanish Harlem Creative Movement Fest 2022

Spanish Harlem Creative Movement Fest 2022 is a dance festival that celebrates and examines the influence of Latinos in America as a place of immigration and mixed cultures; while seeking to showcase dance artists who explore a range of narratives of Latino culture and/or current issues: immigration, forced displacement, identity, and transculturation. Devoted to the multicultural nature of New York City, the festival boldly responds to the blurring of cultures from different diasporas. Featuring 6 dance artists with hybrid choreographic practices (combining dance movements with other forms/styles, including physical-theater, mime, video or incorporating performative methods on stage). Dance10 Project intends to provide opportunities for positive exposure and career advancement in dance making to underrepresented, emerging artists, especially Latinos, dance artists of color and LGBTQ members. The Fest wants to expand the creative force around contemporary dance by increasing the audience's knowledge; bringing cultural enrichment to those communities through dance-theatrical performances and set a platform for dance in East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio; which is one of the largest predominantly Hispanic communities in NYC. Also, the festival is a way of showing that dance as a social activity can entertain, educate, and connect communities, and dance as diplomacy tool can bring people together and combating racial stereotypes. We want to make a difference and make it palpable; then The Fest will host three components:

The Fest will host three components:

The Fest: Live dance performances on stage that tell stories about immigration and cultures. The work of immigrant dance artists can help immigrant audiences connect with their identities and restore pride in their communities.

Choreographers Talk: Post show conversations will bring to audience members an open conversations with dance creators and their experiences, their inspirations, their process; and it would be moderated by local personalities and/or community leaders.

A Dancing Community: The Fest and its presenters would serve as community connector with shared vision of comprehensive service agencies to offer support services and key information for immigrants of NYC; through workshops and presentations. Here dance is a connector agent (cultural, social, and creative) to build strong strategic relationships with the health and well-being sector.   (* the schedule for workshops and presentations will announce ending Summer)

The festival is headed by Artistic Director & Choreographer Elliott Ortiz.

Co-producers: Pilar Cordoba and John McGee, who be associate curators too.

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Artistic Director KR3T’s company in East Harlem

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Artistic Director Sol Dance Center in Queens

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Performer/ Choreographer

Guest Judges

Spanish Harlem Creative Movement Fest 2022

Selected Choreographers 

 Visionary choreographer women take the first edition of Spanish Harlem Creative Movement Fest. Nine (9) choreographers: María Gracia Pérez, Arianna Aquino, Julieta Valero, Stephanie Peña , Alma Dance Collective (Bianca Dam & Kat Bark), Chien-Ying Wang, Yvanhova Figueroa and Irene Ruiz-Rivero come together with a distinguished program that celebrates the richness of Latinx culture and other immigrant cultures; with seven (7) dance pieces and 22 dancers will take the stage at El Barrio’s Artspace this coming September. These female dance artists with different backgrounds from Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, USA, Taiwan, they are bringing a little spiciness, dance vibes, in their dance works including issues such as immigration, clash of cultures, gender equality, diverse inclusion; among others.

Ariana Aquino

Chien-Ying Wang

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Maria Gracia Perez

Yvanhova Figueroa

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Kat Bark &

Bianca Dam

Alma Dance Collective 

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Julieta Valero  

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Stephanie Peña


Irene Ruiz-Rivero

How to participate 

Each choreographer/dance troupe may submit up to two applications for Spanish Harlem Creative Movement Fest (each application requires a separate application form, video, and application fee). The fee is non-refundable. We are looking for choreographers who flavor the creative water; and for those stories ripped from mixed cultures, clash of cultures and related issues (immigration, forced displacement, identity, and transculturation). The call is open to all choreographers and backgrounds; however the topics/themes must be those framed by the festival. * Please read the Guidelines for more details.

APPLICATION: (Download here)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for Spanish Harlem Creative Movement Fest (Download here)

The Venue is El Barrio's Artspace in Manhattan/ New York City. ( El Barrio's Artspace's mission is to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations).

Timeline Submissions:

Open call: From April 04 to May 10/2022

* Deadline extended to May 18 *

Selected dance artists will be announced: June 02 / 2022

Orientation meeting: (between June/July))

Tech rehearsals: Sep 13 / Sep 14 (each dance work will have 2 hrs slot)

Live performances: Sep. 15 to Sep 18 / 2022.

* For fee payment please use the following link :