Mission Cultural Center Invites you join the 2018 Carnaval Parade contingent with live Latin & Caribbean music!
1st place winner of 2017 SF Carnaval Caribbean Category!

Carnaval Dancer


Alborada Carnaval ImageMCCLA's Comparsa "ALBORADA / SUNRISE" is gearing up for another spectacular performance. Diana Aburto, a seasoned and talented Nicaraguan dancer, will be leading this year's contingent. The choreography blends the music from Nicaragua and the coastal Garifuna groups with rhythms of Cumbia, Vallenato, Punta, Palo de Mayo, and of course, some Salsa. Come check us out next Saturday and join us!!!

Choreographer - Diana Aburto
Classes - Saturdays 10-11:15am in Studio B - $12/class
Registration fee - $35. Once you pay the registration, you'll only pay $8 per CLASS.
Raffle Tickets - Really cool prizes! We will distribute tickets next Saturday at the class.

We hope you join us this year, and become, once again, part of this wonderful and magical experience!

Download the 2018 MCCLA Carnaval Application here!

El MCCLA te invita a ser parte del Contingente
“Bomba del Corazón en la Mission.”

Carnaval 2018: Call For Dancers

Clases Sábados 10 am con nuestro coreógrafo: Temistocles Betancourt

En el marco del Carnaval de la Mission 2017 “El Corazón de San Pancho”, el Mission Cultural Center reafirma su compromiso con la comunidad por 40 años ininterrumpidos!! La Mission es el Corazón de San Pancho y el MCCLA es el Corazón de la Mission.

Como tal, el Corazón se encarga de bombear la sangre y a todo el cuerpo, en cada palpitar existe una pequeña explosión que contagia al cuerpo de la alegría y la emoción que necesitamos para vivir.

Del mismo modo, durante sus 40 años de existencia, el MCCLA ha sido el catalizador del talento, el arte y el color que contagia toda la Mission y este año queremos compartirlo con todos.

Download the 2017 MCCLA Carnaval Application here!

Carnaval 2017: Request For Choreographer Proposals

Carnaval 2017: Call For Choreographers

(Carnaval SF Grand Parade, Sunday, May 28, 2017)

Deadline: February 1st, 2017

MCCLA, a 501(c)(3) is seeking proposals from experienced choreographers with demonstrated teaching skills to create a thematic, Carnaval choreography and to teach that choreography to classes of adults and children of all skill levels. MCCLA has been a proud Carnaval SF participant for over 30+ years. In 2017 MCCLA will also be celebrating 40 years of promoting art and culture in SF. Proposal's theme and concept should relate to Carnaval SF's 2017 theme, "EL CORAZÓN DE SAN PANCHO". MCCLA's selected theme will guide the contingent's dance, music, costumes, and allegorical float. The theme must be approved by MCCLA's Carnaval Committee.

More Information Here

Join Mission Cultural Center’s “Rumbagua” 2015 Carnaval Contingent

Carnaval 2015: Call For Dancers

Sunday, May 24th (Mission District)

• Learn MCCLA’s Carnaval choreography.
• Dance to an exciting mix of Latin & Caribbean rhythms to include: salsa, rumba & merengue.
• Have lots of fun at Carnaval.
• All Levels Welcome

Choreography/Classes: Brenda Perdue & Javier Alvarez

Saturdays from 3:15 to 4:30pm in Studio B

$10 per class / $25 Registration Fee + Costume Fee
(classes $6 after paid registration)

2868 Mission St., SF, CA 94110 - (415) 821-1155

Mission Cultural Center: Carnaval 2014

Carnaval 2014

Carnaval Party 2018

Dance with MCCLA in Carnaval San Francisco!
Sunday May 25, 2014

Choreography Director: Brenda Perdue

Rosa Hernandez
DJ Rumorosa

Rhythms: Cumbia, Salta, Merengue, Reggaeton, and more!

All Levels Welcome

Feb 1 - May 24
Saturdays from 3:15pm to 4:30pm at Studio B
$8 Class
$6 w /Discount Coupons

Kid's Rehearsals: Saturdays from 2:00pm to 2:45pm at Studio A
$8 Class

Download Registration Form

Carnaval 2014 Event & Image Gallery

Carnaval 2013: Barrunto En El Barrio

Carnaval 2013

Barrunto En El Barrio: Neo Garcia's Choreography

Carnaval 2013 Event & Image Gallery

Carnaval 2012: Jungla Y Cumbamba

Carnaval 2012

Jungla Y Cumbamba: Neo Garcia's Choreography

Carnaval 2012 Event & Image Gallery

Carnaval 2011: Areito! Timba Y Chancletas!

Carnaval 2011

Live Your Fantasy!

Manuel Suarez' Choreography.

MCCLA students, staff, and Board, in conjunction with Edison Charter Academy [K- 8], is proud to present its entry for the San Francisco Carnaval Parade, and the 2011 theme of “Live Your Fantasy!” “Areito! Timba Y Chancletas!” is our fantasy of what the Pre-Columbian festivals held throughout the Caribbean region have evolved into. “Areito” is a Taino word used throughout many of the major islands in the Caribbean, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the Bahamas - -where ever the Taino lived and gathered for their celebrations. These gatherings would last for days according to early chroniclers of the indigenous people of the Americas.

The choreography and music of MCCLA’s contingent under the leadership of Manuel I. Suarez will combine elements of indigenous, Afro-Cuban, Latin popular dance, and French tradition. “Tumba Francesa” is the result of the French diaspora to Cuba after the Haitian revolution several centuries ago. “Tumba Francesa” is characterized by stately quadrille style formations and vestments reflective of the French colonies in the late 1700s. “Timba” is the latest hot Cuban dance form and rhythm. The “Chancleta” portion of the presentation is joyfully rhythmical, as the dancers produce their own musical accompaniment with the wooden sandals called “chancletas”. “Chancleta” is not only a wooden sandal, but also a rhythm and a dance from the “Oriente” or eastern part of Cuba. The dress is the traditional “guarachera” – known to the general public as “mambo” shirts, i.e. heavily ruffled sleeves for both men and women. Musicians will play traditional Oriente style “Comparsa” or Carnaval music. The music is characterized by tumbadoras, a specific “campana” or bell rhythm, and a “boku” – a large round drum sustained from the shoulder, typical of the Oriente region of Cuba. The professional musicians will be complemented by drummers from Edison Charter Academy, a K – 8 school located in San Francisco’s Mission District, as well as students from MCCLA.

Come and enjoy the full Carnaval Contingent Video: Saturday, June 25th at 4:00 pm

Watch our Carnaval Rehearsal routine, every Wednesday and Saturday. JOIN TODAY!

Carnaval 2010: Mi Groovy Boogaloo

Carnaval 2010

Thriving in the heart of the Mission District for 33 years, the MCCLA has been a staple in Carnaval San Francisco since it’s early days. MCCLA’s contingent prides itself on being open to people of all ages and dance abilities. This year, we enter our 5th year of partnership with Edison Academic Charter School. Together with youth from our Multicultural Afterschool Program and our adult dancers, we will present “MI GROOVY BOOGALOO” for the 2010 Carnaval SF Parade. Our theme takes a fond look back at the colorful and highly musical latin-retro period of the late 1960s.

Elizabeth Soberanes, former Carnaval Queen and creator of Latin Dance Grooves, is the Lead Choreographer. She is assisted by Co-Choreographer Bianca Coleman and Rehearsal Assistant Eyla Moore. For music, we enjoy the accompaniment of the fabulous MCCLA Youth Orquesta Futuro Picante, under the leadership of musical director Jose Leon, MCCLA Youth Program Coordinator. In this contingent, more than 200 dancers will theatrically boogaloo, cha cha cha, salsa, and sing along the parade route—joyfully following our very chévere float. Dancers will portray go-go dancers and classic 1960s latin-retro characters inspired by fun and funky spy/detective movies of the era.

This year, MCCLA will also join forces with an enthusiastic group of dancers from the historic Mission bi-lingual newspaper El Tecolote, which celebrates its 40thyear Anniversary in 2010.


(Jose Leon / Miguel Govea)


Lead Choreographer: Elizabeth Soberanes
Co-choreographer: Bianca Coleman
Rehearsal Assistant: Eyla Moore
Music: Futuro Picante (Jose Leon & Miguel Govea)

Lucha Chevere
Las Anacaonas
Las Micaelas
Tito Poderes
El Doctor Calvera
Los mimi-mi's (Youth)
Go-Go Dancers

In 2010, Latin dance and music are in danger of extinction! Our heroes have to travel back in time to rescue the Latin Boogaloo rhythms that flourished during the late 1960's and THEN mysteriously disappeared. They travel back in time to this era to learn to dance to Latin Boogaloo music. When they arrive, the dancers from that era try to distract our heroes with other American dances of the 60's (like the Twist, the Mashed Potato, and the Monkey). But instead, our heroes manage to entice these villains with the beautiful rhythms of Latin music and teach them to dance to our sophisticated Latin beat. Everybody returns to the present to dance a fusion of old and new with a blend of Salsa, Boogaloo and contemporary popular urban dances of today. Latin music is here to stay!

Overall Message:
“Mi Groovy Boogaloo” acknowledges and recognizes the history, influence, richness and sophistication of Latin dance and music, and the importance of keeping our dance, music, traditions and cultural legacies alive and evolving for future generations.

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