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Dominican Music and Dance Festival feat. Joan Soriano (@UAA Anchorage)

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The Dominican Music and Dance Festival, sponsored by La Tertulia, the UAA Student Spanish Club, is an entirely student-driven event made possible by volunteers and the generous donations and collaboration of various UAA funding entities and community sponsors.
This fantastic event will share Hispanic/Afro-Latin culture with Alaskans through Dominican music and dance. The event will take place on June 2nd, 6-10 pm, on the UAA main campus in the Student Union cafeteria, and it will include a variety of enriching activities.
The festival will start at 6 pm with a one-hour bachata dance class donated by Alaska Dance Promotions' professional instructors, followed by time for open dancing. No experience necessary and no partner required. Then, at 7:30 pm, world-renowned Dominican artist Joan Soriano ( will play a 2-hour concert with his band, featuring Dominican percussion instruments like the tambora, the guira and the bongo. Joan has performed all over the globe.
From the iASO website:

"Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. The Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music has made him a favorite among dancers.

As a boy Joan received little formal education. The seventh of 15 children, Joan left school to help his father farm the family's land. But Joan’s destiny was for something else. Forming a band with his young brothers and sisters, he began to perform at neighborhood events. Nicknamed “Los Candes” (after their father Candelario) the band became a local sensation. At age 13 Joan hitched a ride to Santo Domingo and went on to nurture his talent working with some of the island’s greatest bachata stars.

Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A practitioner of palo and gaga, Joan blends Afro-Dominican sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down to earth spirit and dance-ability. Joan preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them. He is a rare combination of new and authentic."

At intermission, Dominican folkloric dancer Altagracia Perez will perform, and the Alaska Dance Promotions' semi-pro team will perform several Latin dance routines.
There will be door prizes announced as well, such as a bachata dance class punch card, CDs from the band, and a free opening party pass to the 2013 Alaska Salsa Festival.

Tickets :
$11 for UAA students, faculty and staff (with vaild UAA ID)
$22 for the general public
Available through UAA Tix (see above link)
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $25

Security will be provided for this multigenerational, alcohol and drug free festival.
Please note that the UAA South Parking Lot will be closed at this time for construction. Allow adequate time for parking and entry (as indicated by event signs).
American Sign Language Interpreters and other Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. Please contact Disability Support Services at[masked] at least 72 hours in advance.

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