14th Annual Ife-Ile Caribbean Dance Festival Brochure, August 2012, Miami, FL | Miami | Arts (General)

Presented by IFE-ILE and

Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

The  14th  Annual

 Dance    Fes5val  
August  11th,  2012  



6/3/12 Artist: Aruan Torres

SCHEDULE SATURDAY, August 11th • 8:00 am – 9:00 am, Registration •  9 pm - 1 pm Dance Workshops •  1:00 pm - 1:30 pm LUNCH •  1:30 – 5:00 pm • Dance Workshops @ Little Haiti Cultural Arts Ctr. 212 NE 59th Terrace Miami, Florida 33137 Gala Performance @ 8 PM @ Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center Featuring IFE-ILE dancers, local artists and guest artists from Barbados and TrinidadTobago After PartyJam with the Artists immediately following the Performance @ 11:00pm @ Cubaocho 300 NE 2nd. Ave. Miami, FL 33132

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9th Festival Pre-opening •  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Video Exhibition • 8:00- 9:00 pm • Panel Discussion: “Dance Traditions and Urbanity” • 9:00-10:00pm Performance by IFE-ILE @ MDC Wolfson Campus 300 NE 2nd. Ave. Miami, FL 33132


About the Festival
The IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance Festival features a series of and music workshops taught by both local and out-of-town master artists, bilingual discussions and dialogues on arts and culture, dance parties and a dance gala performance featuring local and international guest artists. Every year, participants of the dance workshops hail from as far away as Japan, Canada, California, Belgium, Chicago, Boston, New York City, Atlanta, Michigan and Washington, DC. The festival performances are always well received by the audiences and it is usually covered by numerous media outlets including the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Miami New Times, El Diario de las Americas, Neighbors and various articles in independent printed and online magazines and websites such as those of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

IFÉ-ILÉ is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Afro-Cuban culture through the arts. IFÉ-ILÉ aims to develop cross-cultural understanding and to educate community members and visitors through traditional and contemporary dance, music performances, festivals, lectures and workshops.

Festival Audience
We anticipate a total of 300 participants in our festival workshops and an international and local audience nearing 1,500. Our workshop participants generally reflect an 80/20 female to male breakdown, with a 40/50 breakdown for attendees of other festival events. Workshop participants have an average income of $30,000, with the majority of this group (40%) ages 23-35, 30% ages 18-22 (mostly college students), 20% ages 36-55, 5% teenagers, and 5% seniors. The average income of those attending our other events is $40,000, with a majority (40%) ages 36-55, 35% ages 23-35, 10% 18-22, 10% seniors, and 5% teenagers. Collectively, our target audience is multicultural, with 45% Hispanics/Latinos, 15% Caucasian, 30% African American, and 5% Asian. Primarily, conference participants are cultural creatives, cultural heritage tourists and urban trendsetters with an interest in African/AfroLatino culture. Most workshop participants are dancers, students, scholars and instructors who enjoy recreational dance, travel and healthy living. Attendees of our other events also include patrons of the arts and young professionals.

IFÉ-ILÉ's Commitment to Community
Recognizing the many roots and routes of immigrant populations in Miami, the festival program celebrates the interdependency of cultural traits among and between Cubans, LatinAmericans, Anglo-Americans, Europeans and other peoples of Caribbean and African origins. We also recognize the financial hardships that prevent many talented youth from participating in quality programs. As such, we will offer 10 scholarships to underrepresented/inner city youth to attend conference workshops and classes. Doing so will afford youth an opportunity to be exposed to professionals, build cultural competency and grow critical skills for meaningful personal and professional development. The IFÉILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance Festival undertakes this objective each year with a dynamic program, thanks to the support of our sponsors


Gala Performance
Saturday, August 11th, 2012 -8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center Theatre 212 NE 59th Terrace Miami, Florida 33137 IFE ILE is Florida’s foremost Afro-Cuban Dance Company featuring Highly Energetic Musicians and World Class Dancers will collaborate with guest companies from Barbados, Trinidad-Tobago and local dance companies to stage a spectacular and unforgettable presentation. VIP Reception with the Artists immediately following the Performance at Cubaocho Art Gallery -Little Havana. 1465 SW8th Street #106 Miami, FL 33135


Sponsorship Opportunities Year after year, we rely on the support of committed sponsors and patrons to make our quality programming possible. Our current and former supporters include major foundations, universities and corporations, ranging from Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs to Liquor 42 to Florida International University. In return for the contributions we receive, we offer benefits to our sponsors based on sponsorship levels Platinum ($5,000) Primary Sponsor for the IFÉ-ILÉ AfroCuban Dance Festival. Limit 2. One Automotive/Retail (Exclusive) and one Liquor (Exclusive) Acknowledgement in all advertising and promotion Material, including print (The Miami Herald, Diario de las Americas, El Nuevo Herald, Neighbors and Miami New Times) pre-event and "day-of' banners, posters and cards, Internet marketing, enewsletters. Our postcards and flyers will be distributed in the tri-county South Florida area as well as to our national partners in California, Atlanta, Oklahoma, and New York. Marketing information will placed in highly visible areas, such as stores, nightclubs, restaurants, community centers and schools. Special PSAs at all festival events, including workshops, parties, tours and the gala performance. Mention in all TV/radio interviews Four free passes for each party and the Gala performance Banner placement at the gala performance Customized Display Area at Festival Parties (table and chairs provided). Full-page ad in festival program Web site Highlight
Gold ($2,500) Targeted pre-event publicity on banners, posters, postcards, Internet marketing and print. Two free passes for the Gala performance Sponsorship of a particular festival event (excluding the Gala) Highlighted in Festival program (URL with logo) Display Area at Festival Parties (table and chairs provided). Web site Highlight for the upcoming year, with Links & Logo. Silver ($1, 000 - $500) Sponsor inclusion in selected publicity and posters. (Other co-sponsorships as available) Inclusion in festival program Web site acknowledgement Parties and Events Available for Sponsorship: Dance Gala Performance Film Screening/Performance Panel Discussion - Reception Workshops After Party Jam


Neri Torres, a native of Cuba, is the Founder and Artistic Director of IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company a non-profit organization committed to the sharing and preservation of traditional AfroCuban dance. Born in Havana, Cuba Ms. Torres is trained in modern, ballet, contemporary movement and traditional cultural dance forms. In addition, Ms. Torres is a dance historian and a researcher. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Torres has had the pleasure of teaching at the University of Miami, Florida International University, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Miami Dade College, New World School of the Arts and the University of West Indies. She uses her passion for dance and her broad base of knowledge to educate others on the history of cultural dances. Neri Torres and her dance company IFE-ILE toured extensively around the world. From 1996-2008, Ms. Torres toured as principal dancer and choreographer for Gloria Estefan. Movie Credits: “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story,” the HBO movie starring Andy Garcia, features Ms. Torres choreography as well as The Lost City, Andy Garcia's directorial debut movie, starring Bill Murray and Dustin Huffman), released 2006 Awards: 2000 Woman of the Year, Glamour Magazine (Spanish edition), for contributions to dance and the Cuban Community. 2000 Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and Certificate of Artistic Merit. 2004 City of Miami Proclamation declaring September 28th “Neri Torres Day” in recognition of personal artistic achievement and contributions by IFE-ILE 2006 Film, Radio and Entertainment Council's Star Gala, for her accomplishments as a choreographer and for her leadership, vision and enrichment of the South Florida community


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