Cashion Cultural Legacy (San José, CA) is a nonprofit arts organization committed to sustaining the preservation, presentation, and education of Mexican folk culture through dance. Active since 1969, CCL was founded in July, 1996 by Susan Cashion, PhD. Their core dance programming embodies two performing companies, Los Lupeños de San José & Los Lupeños Juvenil as well as public education offered through Los Lupeños Academy. Their dance projects include an Artist Exchange between California & México and a nascent Publications venture.
Dianne Walker (Charlotte, NC) One of the world’s greatest living tap dancers, Dianne Walker has been called the “Ella Fitzgerald of Tap dance.” Throughout her 40-year career, she has appeared on Broadway, on television, in film, on the international dance circuit, and in jazz clubs. She has mentored many younger dancers, including Savion Glover, and is a pioneer in the resurgence of tap. The elegance of her style earned her the nickname “Lady Di.” Walker appeared in the film Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. She was the only woman in the famous “Hoofers Line” in the 1989 Broadway production of Black and Blue. Walker has received several lifetime achievement awards.
LEIMAY (CAVE Organization Inc.) (Brooklyn, NY) is a grassroots organization and performing arts ensemble run by immigrant artists of the global majority that exists out of a converted garage space called CAVE in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Initiated by Shige Moriya of Japan in 1996 and joined by Ximena Garnica of Colombia in 2001, LEIMAY is led by artists and holds a regular NYC home season, tours nationally & internationally, offers classes to the public, brings in guest artists for workshops, and collaborates with presenting and educational partners across NYC and beyond. LEIMAY was incorporated in 2003 by Ximena and Shige who were passionate about creating a space for art to exist amongst the barriers and challenges in NYC. Their collaborative multidisciplinary works include video, sculptural, mixed-media, and light installations as well as photography, training projects, stage performances, and publications. LEIMAY supports butoh practitioners, dancers, musicians, media artists, theater artists, visual artists, performance artists, and beyond.
The National Institute of Flamenco (Albuquerque, NM) was established in 1982 by Eva Encinias. Its mission is to preserve and promote flamenco’s artistry, history, and culture by presenting the finest flamenco in the world and by educating the American family in this art form while emphasizing the positive influence of art on family and community. The Institute achieves its mission through the following primary programs: Festival Flamenco Albuquerque, est. 1987, annual series of workshops and performances featuring world-class artists and youth programming; Conservatory of Flamenco Arts, est. 1999, the largest flamenco school in the United States; Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, est. 1999, a professional company of flamenco artists, consisting primarily of Latinx people of color; and Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque, est. 2016, an intimate performance venue, featuring improvisation among musicians and dancers.