Dr. Manuel Del Real
Dr. Manuel Del Real is the Executive Director of HSI Initiatives and Inclusion at MSU Denver. His dissertation was an exploratory case study of five chapters of a Latino fraternity in the Midwest region of the U.S. He is also working on a documentary film based on his dissertation. He will be our celebration host and educating us on Latine heritage throughout the event!
Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca
Based out of Denver Colorado, GRUPO TLALOC Danza Azteca is a traditional Mexica/Azteca group embodied of Chicano/Mexicano families and students of all ages dedicated to preserving and nourishing the ancient knowledge of their ancestors. They have pledged to uphold and walk a spiritual way of life and have committed themselves to help educate the public’s view of the Aztec culture. Tlaloc means; He who fertilizes the Earth. Liquor of the Earth. He is the rain, which makes things grow.
Mariachi Sangre Mexicana
Mariachi Sangre Mexicana is a Denver based group that has been in existence for over 10 years. They offer a wide catalog of Mexican music and strive to provide the best possible performance of their music. Their hard work has made them one of the most recommended Mariachi groups in the area.
Franklin Cruz is a queer latin dancer, poet born in Idaho, raised Texan and polished in Denver. Born from an immigrant family his work has placed him in science museums, environmental spaces, as an emcee and poet for dance & poetry competitions and conferences. He aims for specificity over simplicity, encompassing self love , conservation, immigration and culture. (Instagram @fcruz_unido)
Grupo de Danza Quetzalcoatl
This local dance group has been performing in Fort Collins for the past 20 years. They perform traditional folklorico dances from Mexico, along with Latin and tropical rhythms. The instructor, Joaquin Rivalcoba-Jimenez, attended the National School of Dance in Mexico City and has been performing since he was five years old
Manabi Latin Band
Manabí Latin Band is rated the most versatile Latin band in Colorado formed in 2011. We strive for authenticity with a current line up of top notch musicians from all over Latin America including Colombia, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Mexico and USA. We are currently touring the estate delivering a repertoire of high energy songs in the most popular styles in Latin dance music going from salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata and vocals to make you swoon.