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Perú Independence Day Celebration

July 28, 2019 @ 1:30pm to July 28, 2019 @ 3:00pm

SunTrust Auditorium

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Orlando Museum of Art and the Raymi Dance Company will celebrate and share Perú Independence Day with the Central Florida community with music and dance. The program will begin at 1:30 pm with a concert in the SunTrust Auditorium featuring Afro-Peruvian music by Miami musicians Johnny Mora and Perico Casanova. Following the concert, the Raymi Dance Company will demonstrate several different traditional dances from Peru. In addition, the Orlando Unity Rhythm Section (OURS) will perform.

This event is FREE!


The Raymi Dance Company exists to present dance, music, theater and other cultural expressions of Perú. Raymi is led by Silvia Huddleston, an artistic folkloric teacher and graduate of the prestigious Jose Maria Arguedas National Folkloric School in Lima, Perú. Huddleston is a professional folkloric dancer who has traveled the world representing Perú in amazing events such as the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea (1988); Epcot 2000 Millennium Celebration; International Folkloric Festival in Martigues, France; Ville de Saint Ghislain, Belgium; Lefkada Festival, Greece; and many other countries including Russia, Italy, and Hungary.

Perico Cassanova

Perico Casanova, a Peruvian-born professional dancer, choreographer, and musician, is a former member of the world-renowned group Perú Negro. He traveled to many countries sharing Afro-Peruvian dance and music with Perú Negro, which was sponsored by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Mr. Casanova has choreographed two different dance styles, the contemporary dance and Afro-Peruvian dance. He is an amazing Peruvian tap dancer and Champion of the Marinera Limena dance.

Johnny Mora

Johnny Mora, a Peruvian-born professional musician, started playing percussion instruments at an early age. Mr. Mora was a member of the prestigious cultural group Perú Negro for over ten years. As a professional musician, he worked with Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón for six years, and many more national artists such as Lucia de la Cruz, Arturo Zambo Cavero, Cecilia Bracamonte, Lucila Campos, among others. Currently, he is the founder and director of Perú Expresión from Miami, Florida. Mora is an expert cajón (box drum) player.