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. The group currently works with more than 30 dancers. Over the years, it 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.
About Ayazamana and the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center: Ayazamana was registered as a not-for-profit organization in the State of New York in 2009. It has since expanded exponentially and has now become the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center to reflect the variety of programs the organization now hosts and nurtures (including visual arts exhibits, adult education, music classes, dance groups and more). The name Ayazamana continues to represent our dance group and continues to grow each year. As the organization's first and biggest program, its mission is to promote Ecuadorian culture and teach the new generations about our customs and traditions through dance. Ayazamana is also fundamental to our kids dance program Ñukanchik Sapi. Throughout the years, various dancers have become teachers and teaching assistants to our younger students. This has allowed children to learn the fundamentals of Ecuadorian dance and given them a space where they can appreciate the culture of their 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
Contact Us Contactar a firstname.lastname@example.org Interesados deben tener por lo menos 13 años y estar disponibles para ensayos los días sábados. No necesitan experiencia pero si deseo de aprender. Los ensayos se realizan los sábados 5-7 pm en Woodside (45-23 47 Street 1er piso). Eventualmente el nivel dos ensayará en Long Island City los viernes 7-10 pm.
Contáctanos Please contact email@example.com 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 from 5 to 7 pm at 45-23 47th Street in Woodside (and eventually Fridays 7-10 pm in Long Island City for level 2).