Monthly Archives May 2018

Big News for Boston’s Latin Quarter!

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HSTF youth leaders celebrate the designation of Boston’s Latin Quarter as a Massachusetts Cultural District during a press conference on May 24th.

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, May 22, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board of Directors voted to designate Boston’s Latin Quarter as an official Massachusetts Cultural District!

Two years ago, in an effort led by Hyde Square Task Force youth, the Boston City Council voted 13-0 to recognize the neighborhood as Boston’s Latin Quarter. Hyde Square Task Force then began the effort to obtain official cultural district designation. Latino immigrants have had 60 years of history and impact in our neighborhood and the designation honors that. Located in the Hyde/Jackson Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, the Latin Quarter is a bustling business and cultural district that has over 125 businesses – the majority immigrant owned – including many Latino specialty shops and restaurants.

“The Latin Quarter is important to me because I believe in diversity and I strongly believe that all cultures have a place in the city,” reflected Mabel, HSTF youth, yesterday at a press conference announcing the news. Barbara Wallace Grossman, Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Board of Directors, described the Latin Quarter as “diverse, colorful, and loving” and acknowledged the youth who served as the catalyst for this work.

We are also excited to announce that the City of Boston, in partnership with Hyde Square Task Force, was awarded a $100,000 grant through the Our Town Program of the National Endowment for the Arts to support long-term planning for the Latin Quarter Cultural District. Hyde Square Task Force will serve as the Managing Partner for the cultural district, and this investment comes at just the right time. We look forward to engaging community stakeholders in this planning process.

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Dance Salsa with Eury Ortiz!

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Our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth event is approaching! Don’t miss your chance to dance Salsa with HSTF alumnus Eury Ortiz, who will co-teach classes with Burju Perez!

Who is Eury Ortiz?
Eury Ortiz began dancing in 2010 when he joined Hyde Square Task Force’s Ritmo en Acción dance group. During his time at HSTF he learned Afro-Latin choreography that inspired him to take dance more seriously.

In 2014, Eury received the Emerging Leader award as an HSTF alumnus during our Annual Making Change Happen Breakfast. During this time he attended Bunker Hill Community College, was a member of the professional Mambo Revelation Dance Company,which toured the U.S. and Canada, and taught middle school kids dance at UMass Boston.

Today, Eury is an instructor at Cultura Latina Dance academy where he teaches people how to move their bodies!

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Take Bachata lessons with Angeline Egea during ¡Bailemos!

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Our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth fundraiser is around the corner, and we have some amazing instructors! If you want to learn how to dance Bachata from professional dancer Angeline Egea, make sure you get your tickets today!

Who is Angeline Egea?
Angeline Egea began her formal dance training in her native Colombia with ballet at age 5, and flamenco at 14. She performed and competed with the Julie de Donado Flamenco Dance and Theater Companies.

Angeline continued her training with belly dance, modern/contemporary, hip-hop, salsa, samba, ballroom, capoeira and aerial dancing. She moved to Boston in 2008, where she won various ballroom competitions and received a teacher-training diploma from Extreme Dancesport Academy. Angeline began salsa training at the Hacha y Machete Company in 2011 and has been performing professionally and teaching dance since then. She believes dance is a wonderful vehicle through which people can better express and connect with themselves.

Currently Angeline is the Afro-Latin dance specialist and resident artist at Hyde Square Task Force, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping inner-city youth build communities through music and dance. Since 2014, Angeline joined the world renowned Masacote Dance Company where she currently serves as a Latin dance coach, performer and choreographer. The most recent and impactful project she was part of was “Yo Soy LOLA” an annual thought-provoking multimedia experience showcasing Latinas in the arts.

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Learn Cuban Movement with Jonathan Burke!

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Don’t miss the chance to learn Cuban Movement from Masacote’s Jonathan Burke at our ¡Bailemos! Dance for Youth fundraiser on May 12th!

Who is Jonathan Burke?
Jonathan Burke, born to Jamaican immigrant parents, grew up with a love for hip hop/reggae music and various modalities in the arts. He fell in love with Cuban music and dance in his teenage years and began training intensively with MetaMovements Latin Dance Company.

Jonathan progressively developed into an instructor for the school, teaching various Cuban styles and managing performance and weekly classes. He continued his intensive training in Afro-Cuban and Cuban Modern Dance through mentors at the company and Cuban instructors through visits in Cuba and abroad. He began training at the Masacote Dance School and joined the MASA2 Coaching Team in Fall 2016.

Masacote’s connection to Cuban culture has resonated deeply within Jonathan. He has focused on the connections between Cuban folkloric music/dance and popular Latin music/dance. As such, Jonathan found himself dancing anything with a clave: Son, Casino, Danzon, Chachachá, Salsa, Mambo, Rumba (Yambu, Guaguanco, Columbia), Yoruba — you name it! If he knows it he wants to share that knowledge, and if he doesn’t then he is trying to learn it. Jonathan joined the Masacote School Family in Summer 2017.

Notable Stages and Work
– Various Salsa congresses and dance festivals across the US
– Club Jardines de 1830 (Havana, CU)
– Festival Cubano (Chicago, IL)
– Telemundo “La Gran Feria” (Roxbury, MA)

Specialties: Cuban Son, Afro Cuban, Rumba, Salsa

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