Ayazamana was founded in 1992 by Jose Rivera. Mr. Rivera was born in Quito, Ecuador and began to dance at the age of fifteen with Virginia Rosero, a well-recognized Ecuadorian choreographer and dancer. Being a part of Ms. Rosero’s folkloric dance group allowed him to learn the fundamentals of Ecuadorian traditional dance and to perform on various national and international stages.
Like many other hard working Ecuadorian immigrants seeking better opportunities, Mr. Rivera arrived in the United States in 1990 and settled in the City of New York. His love for Ecuadorian folk dance motivated him to seek and participate in several dance groups. In 1992, with the help of several close friends, he formed his own group with the name of Ayazamana.
In May of 2008 he teamed up with Justo Santos and Esau Chauca to revamp the group’s mission and structure, as well as to create a children’s dance group. They formally incorporated the group as a not-for-profit organization in April of 2009. On July 10, 2010 the group produced their first theater performance entitled “Ayazamana: Traditional Music and Dances from Ecuador” at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens. On July 24, 2010, Ayazamana won first place in the first International Folkloric Dance Festival organized in Newark, New Jersey.
One of the fundamental goals has been to allow the community to have greater access to our culture through our dances so they can appreciate the richness and diversity that exists in Ecuador. Over the years, the group has performed in various important venues such as: United Nations, Ecuadorian Consulate, Academy of the Holy Angels, Columbia University, Stony Brook University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, La Guardia Community College, Pan American High School, Renaissance Charter School, Brooklyn Music School, Queens Public Library, Corona Plaza, Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Natural History, Queens Museum of Art, New York Hall of Science, Queens Theater in the Park, Atlantic City’s Kennedy Plaza, Huntington Town Hall, and many other schools, churches and community institutions.
We currently count with about 40 dancers; some as young as seven years old. Ayazamana is a not-for-profit dance organization registered in the State of New York. Our mission is to promote Ecuadorian culture and teach the new generations about our customs and traditions. We accomplish this by providing educational and entertaining performances throughout the New York tri-state area and neighboring cities and states. We also provide classes to young children to teach them the fundamentals of Ecuadorian dance and to give them a space where they can learn to appreciate the culture of our country of origin.
Open Call and Workshop for Dancers Convocatoria y Taller para Bailarines
The Open Call consists of 4 days. Is not necessary to attend the 4 days but let us know in advance which days you will attend
Saturday, November 17 from 5pm-7pm Dances from the communities of: Shuar & Tsachilas
Saturday, November 24 from 5pm-7pmDances from the communities of: Valle del Chota & Esmeraldas
Saturday, December 1 from 5pm-7pmDances from the communities of: Cayambeña & Aruchicos
Saturday, December 8 from 5pm-7pmDances from the communities of: Cayambeña & Montubios
Ayazamana Ecuadorian Dance Group is seeking male and female dancers. Tell your wawas, your mashis, your ñaños, your vecinos! Spread the word.
We’re looking for: - Ages 13 and up - No experience necessary - Must have passion, commitment, and determination - Availability on weekends - No fee to join (our goal is to promote Ecuadorian Culture)
On Open Call day you will need: - Gym clothes -Water Bottle
Audición por anunciar: Contactar a email@example.com Interesados deben tener por lo menos 13 años y estar disponibles para ensayos los días sábados. No necesitan experiencia pero si deseo de aprender.
New audition TBA: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org You must be at least 13 years old and available to assist rehearsals on Saturday. No experience needed. Must have willingness to learn.
Rehearsals are held on Saturdays at 45-23 47th Street in Woodside and Fridays in Long Island City.