ALCATRAZ: Afro-Peruvian Music & Dance

The band, Alcatraz will introduce your students to the fascinating world of Afro-Peruvian music and dance. The group performs and describes some of the most typical Afro-Peruvian styles like the festejo, lando, zamacueca, and a unique form of tap-dancing called zapateo.  Students will get to hear and play some of the typical percussion instruments used in this music like the cajon, cajita and even a donkey jawbone! The band invites the audience to join in the performance by singing refrains (in Spanish) and dancing some traditional steps. This program also includes a printed booklet with introductory information (including a map of Peru, a brief history of Afro-Peruvian music, and pictures of Peruvian fauna) that will help the classroom teacher to integrate our concert with her curriculum. This concert is appropriate for all grade levels and can be presented in English and Spanish.

  LOS PLENEROS DE LA 21: Puerto Rican Bomba & Plena

Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21), formed in the South Bronx, New York City, in 1983 by National Heritage Fellow, Juan Gutiérrez-Rodriguez, is a group which has spanned three generations of Puerto Rican musicians, dancers, and artisans dedicated to performance and transmission of bomba and plena, two genres of Puerto Rican music which spring from deeply-rooted African traditions.  Their assembly program features five members of LP21 presenting Puerto Rican bomba and plena traditional music, song and dance in a highly interactive format. The performances include original LP21 compositions and arrangements of the traditional bomba and plena repertoire, dynamic demonstrations, insightful narratives and interactive activities where students and teachers can join the artists on the stage for drumming, singing and dance exchanges. All sessions conclude with a Q&A.

MALINI SRINIVASAN & FRIENDS: Bharatanatyam Dance & Carnatic Music

Malini Srinivasan and Friends bring their audience on a journey to the beautiful and colorful world of Indian classical dance and music. The company presents Bharatanatyam dance and its sister art form, Carnatic music. The dance grew in the courts and temples of South India, and combines percussive and rhythmic footwork with dynamic movement and intricate story-telling. Dancers use storytelling techniques including hand gestures and facial expressions to tell stories from Indian mythology. Through the performance students learn popular Indian stories, try hand gestures and clap with the rhythms. Students are also introduced to the idea of the oral tradition, which is how classical arts in India are passed down from generation to generation. Performances conclude with interactive sessions in which students get on stage and learn the basic steps and hand gestures of the dance and/or try out musical instruments like the kanjira (tambourine). area.  ~Marta Montañez

MEXICO BEYOND MARIACHI: Regional Mexican Dance & Music

Mexico Beyond Mariachi® is one of the leading providers of in-depth, educational, and entertaining performances and residencies that incorporate live music and dance from Mexico.  If you are a teacher, administrator, parent or theater looking for a meaningful cultural program to present, then join the hundreds of schools, museums and theaters that in the past eight years have invited Mexico Beyond Mariachi to perform for their audience. We also have a special show in the months of October and November celebrating the “Day of the Dead” / “Dia de los Muertos”. Our concerts are appropriate for all grade levels and can be presented in English and Spanish.


The Manhattan-based DANCE CHINA was founded in 1973 in New York City’s Chinatown. DANCE CHINA NY’s dancers include internationally-renowned artists from performance stages and academies throughout mainland China, Taiwan and the U.S. Performing a vast and dynamic range of Chinese dance and Beijing opera styles, DANCE CHINA NY transports audiences to a world of colorful myths, historical drama, and timeless beauty that evoke the haunting beauty and melancholy of imperial courtesans, recreate the rousing carnival rhythms of a harvest festival, and conjure up the dramatic beating of drums and clashing of swords on a distant battlefield. Noted for pieces with powerful grace and contained elegance, this 45-minute program, including a demonstration/interactive segment, introduces beloved ancient Chinese folk art pieces, including Lion dance, excerpts from Peking Opera featuring the popular Monkey King character, as well as the signature red ribbon dance.

TAHUANTINSUYO: Music of the Andes

Formed by musician Guillermo Guerrero in 1973, Tahuantinsuyo is dedicated to the research and performance of the traditional music of the Andean countries that once formed the Inca Empire (known as Tahuantinsuyo in Quechua, the native language), which now comprises the countries of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia.  The group performs in concert halls, universities, libraries, schools and folk festivals. Their school assembly program is an interactive musical presentation with projected images of the Andean landscape and daily lives of the region’s people, as a backdrop for the performance.  The performers introduce students to Andean percussion, wind, and string instruments, invite participation from the audience, and close with a Q&A.

To book any of these ensembles for an assembly at your school, please contact Amanda Dargan, Education Director, at or 212.529.1955 x14.