• Rumbagua

    Carnaval 2015: Rumbágua

    • Grand Parade: Sunday, May 24th
    • Dance classes: Saturdays from 3:15 to 4:30 PM
    • Studio B (3rd Floor)
    • $10 per class ($6 after Registration)
    • $25 Registration Fee + Costume Fee

    Join Mission Cultural Center’s “Rumbagua” 2015 Carnaval Contingent! Choreography by Brenda Perdue & Javier Alvarez.

    • 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

  • Copa De Amor Y Ritmo

    Carnaval 2014: Copa De Amor Y Ritmo

    • Grand Parade: Sunday, May 25, 2014
    • Dance Classes: Saturdays February 1st to May 24th
    • From 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Studio B (3rd Floor)
    • $8 Class ($6 with Discount Coupons)

    "Copa de Amor Y Ritmo" reflects the overall theme of the 2014 Carnaval by saluting the World Cup in our "Copa" presentation. The contingent has wonderful uplifting music, rhythms, and dance moves in its choreography. Our cup overflows with our Latino dance and our Love for our culture!

    MCCLA's contingent presents a contemporary fusion of Latino Caribbean movement fused with reggaeton, a little Zumba (Brazilian inspired movement) and cumbia. We call our dance choreography SalzaZumbaton! Like MCCLA's mission, we represent all Latino culture and elements. Brenda Perdue, a seasoned Zumba teacher, will lead our contingent. Our mix of contemporary music will be provided by DJ Rumorosa, providing the sounds of contemporary Latino artists such as Wisin & Yandel, el Rubio Loco, and salsa favorites. As in any team, we have our mascot, the MCCLA Jaguar, who represents divinity and power in Mexico, Central and South America and all other places where the Jaguar roamed.

    The Thomas Edison Charter Academy students, teachers, and parents will join MCCLA's contingent, as in the last 7 years.

    • Kid's rehearsals: 2 to 2:45 PM
    • Studio A (3rd Floor)
    • $8 Class

    MCCLA has participated in Carnaval San Francisco parade since its inception and has participated continuously in the parade since 2000. This year MCCLA celebrates 37 years in the Heart of the Mission, supporting and nourishing Latino Arts and artists through performances, exhibitions, and classes for children, youth, and adults. The MCCLA Carnaval contingent is excited to participate once again in this wonderful cultural party of color and fantasy. Que Viva Carnaval!

    Copa de Amor Y Ritmo: Photo gallery

  • Barrunto En El Barrio

    Carnaval 2013: Barrunto En El Barrio

    • Grand Parade: May 25, 2013
    • Choreographer: Neo Garcia

    Barrunto En El Barrio: Image Gallery

  • Jungla Y Cumbamba

    Carnaval 2012: Jungla Y Cumbamba

    • Grand Parade: May 25, 2012
    • Choreographer: Neo Garcia

    Jungla Y Cumbamba: Image Gallery

  • Areito! Timba Y Chancletas!

    Carnaval 2011: Areito! Timba Y Chancletas!

    • Grand Parade: May 28, 2011
    • Video Screening: June 25th at 4 PM
    • Choreographer: Manuel Suarez

    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.

  • Carnaval 2010: Mi Groovy Boogaloo

    Carnaval 2010: Mi Groovy Boogaloo

    • Grand Parade: May 30, 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 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 40 year Anniversary in 2010.

    Contingent Info

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

    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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