Santa Monica College's renowned Global Motion World Dance Company invites you to view an all-new, special performance for a limited time only! Promoting the expression of dance traditions from around the world, this semester's program highlights Afro Brazilian, Mexican Folklórico, Korean and Flamenco styles. Take a journey through different cultures with the entire family!
Global Motion World Dance Company educates as it promotes the expression of dance traditions from around the world. As a dance company rooted in the Santa Monica College dance department, it provides students the opportunity to work with professional choreographers, enriching their cultural knowledge as they rehearse and develop dances for public performances. This process creates awareness and appreciation for dance as an art form for students and audiences alike. Some, but not all, performances are developed around a shared theme such as water, justice or food to highlight similarities while celebrating the uniqueness of each global culture and providing a creative reflection of one of the most diverse cities of the world, Los Angeles.
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Explore this resource about the performance prepared by The Broad Stage in collaboration with Global Motion World Dance Company. The Learning Guide is for learners of all ages, providing artist insights, creative process and inviting the reader to delve further into artistic and content areas relevant to the performance. Educators are invited to use these elements to create arts integrated lesson plans with the suggested California state standards, social justice standards and social emotional learning competencies.
Professional Development Online Workshop
The Professional Development Online Workshop (2020) (25 min.) presents the co-directors of Global Motion World Dance Company, Sri Susilowati and Raquel Ramirez, speaking about the company and its role at Santa Monica College. It also includes two videos briefly comparing Cultural Dance and Modern Dance, as well as clips from the 2020 performance.
Raquel Ramírez, Director, has been an instructor at SMC since 1999. She is Co-Director of Global Motion World Dance Company and has taught Traditional Mexican Folklorico as well as Danza Azteca. She was born in the countryside of Jalisco, Mexico in a town called Tenamaxtlan near Guadalajara, and brought to the United States at the age of five by her parents and raised in Southern California. Her dance experience started at a young age during her summer visits back to her hometown where she began training in Traditional Mexican Folklorico, Waltz and Danza Azteca. Ramirez was enrolled in summer dance workshops with the local Catholic School as a way of keeping her busy. Little did she know this dance would become her passion. She has studied and taken intensive workshops with Rafael Zamarripas, Lalo Garcia and Benjamin Hernandez, and has been a member of Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos (ANGF) since 1999. She is an accomplished dancer and alumna from Santa Monica College and has performed on stage nationally and internationally, as well as on TV. Her performances include the International Mariachi Festival in New México, Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos in México and the USA. Ramirez is the Founder and Director of Ballet Folklórico Flor de Mayo (BFFM). For the past seven years her company BFFM as well as Global Motion have had the honor of touring internationally to Beijing China in 2013, 2014 and 2019, Bracciano Italy in 2015, Santiago de Chile in 2017, Lloret de Mar, Spain "Costa Brava Folk festival 2018, Paris, France 12th International Competition Festival of Folklore, Dance and Music, ETOILES DE PARIS 2018 where they won the GRAND PRIX award.
Sri Susilowati, Director, holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance. Susilowati is a dancer, choreographer and storyteller. She creates and performs traditional and contemporary works on the subjects of community, gender and ethnicity through dance and multi-media combining exquisite classical Indonesian dance with a sense of humor. She has been the recipient of many fellowships and distinctions including the Rainbow Award, Lester Horton Award, City of Los Angeles Artist-in-Residence (AIR) and COLA grants, the Puffin Foundation grant, the James Irvine Foundation grant, Center for Cultural Innovation grant and Global Citizenship Initiative grant. Her dance-on-camera collaboration project with David Rousseve, Two Seconds after Laughter, won Audience Award, Best Screendance Short at San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Susilowati made her directorial debut in Shimmer, a dance-on-camera film. Currently, she serves as a full-time faculty member in the Dance Department of Santa Monica College. Ramirez and Susilowati have taken the SMC Global Motion dancers to perform throughout the US, Mexico and have recently returned from performances in Beijing, China.