Born and raised within the Loco Bloco family, Mayela Carrasco had the unique opportunity to learn from amazing community artist mentors including Heather Watkins, Tanya Mayo, Miss Little, Maya Havener, Joel Molina and others, who inspired her passion and dedication to dance, theater and stilt dancing. As a teenager she started to take adult dance classes studying under masters including Tania Santiago, Metzi Henriquez, Danda de Hora, Marcia Cigarra and many others who motivated her to expand her training by traveling to Brazil. In 2010 Mayela started teaching dance, stilt dancing through different non profit organizations such as Loco Bloco, Arts Ed/Intersection for the Arts, Performing Arts Workshop, Melrose Leadership Academy, Get Empowered and ABADA Capoeira. In addition to teaching dance, she spent years learning the art of costume design and production from local artists.
Episode aired June 15, 2021
Episode aired May 18, 2021
Vanessa Sanchez, Founding Artistic Director of La Mezcla (which literally translates to “the mix”) has a passion for cultural politic! This episode mixed together a break down of the “buffalo” tap step for us, as well as snippets of her show, “Pachuquismo,” which will be back on tour in 2022. Vanessa shared how she fuses rhythms and dance forms that are a mezcla in her body, thanks to a lifetime of training in tap dance, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian dance, and fandango jarocho from Veracruz. Beyond fusing forms, she excavates stories and mixed-race relationships that are the backbone of Mexican cultural identity (especially the parts no one speaks/remembers).
Eddie Madril (Pascua Yaqui / Yoeme), a beloved dancer, singer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker, started us off with brilliance and generous wisdom. He shared the meaning of Sewam, and led us through some simple hoop and grass dance.
With enthralling wit, Eddie comments on everything from virtual powwows, to his experience sharing traditions on EDM festival stages.
Catch the simple hoop dance demo he gives at the end—it’s a great way to get moving even at your desk/office!