• Barrunto En El Barrio

    Carnaval 2013: Barrunto En El Barrio


    Barrunto En El Barrio: Neo Garcia's Choreography

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  • Jungla Y Cumbamba

    Carnaval 2012: Jungla Y Cumbamba


    Jungla Y Cumbamba: Neo Garcia's choreography!

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  • Areito! Timba Y Chancletas!

    Carnaval 2011: Areito! Timba Y Chancletas!


    "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.

    Carnaval 2011

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  • Carnaval 2010: Mi Groovy Boogaloo

    Carnaval 2010: Mi Groovy Boogaloo


    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.

    Carnaval 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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