ArtPerUK burst onto the UK dance scene in mid-2019, offering Peruvian folkloric dance classes that are representative of the three regions of Peru: coast, mountains and jungle. We believe that dancing is a great way to keep fit, meet people and explore different cultures. We don’t just dance, we take you on a journey through the culture and history of Peru through several detailed choreographies.
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Katherine came to the UK in 2017, and after searching for a Peruvian dance group to join, she didn’t find any that offered the kind of dance experience that she wanted, so she went ahead and created her own group. Starting out with a few friends that met up to dance Peruvian songs, she soon expanded out and set up ArtPerUK as a fully fledged dance academy. Katherine has 12 years of work experience in Human Resources, including 6 years in management, she has 2 masters degrees, and has been
Joan, our instructor of Marinera, comes from Lima, Peru. At the age of 15, he moved to Spain, where he joined a dance group and learned to dance traditional Peruvian styles. Throughout the 10 years he had been living there, he went to many international dance festivals around Spain, as well as Belgium, France and Sweden. He has been living in the UK for the past 5 years and joined ArtPerUk about a year ago to teach his favorite style of dance - Marinera Norteña. Apart from teaching Marinera, Joa
Estrella is a 34-year-old Peruvian who has lived in London since 2009. Her passion for Peruvian dance started when she was young, her father (from Cusco) and her mother (from Arequipa) always ensured she was connected to her roots and part of this connection was through dance, which she has embraced ever since. Estrella was born in Puno, her family then moved to Cusco where she was deeply engaged with the local traditions and festivities, and then she moved to Arequipa before relocating to the u
Minttzi was brought up in Puno, surrounded by the majestic Titikaka Lake and the millennial culture settled there for centuries, Puno is also considered the "Capital of Folklore of Peru" for more than 350 dances in its territory. She used to dance at the Fiesta de la Candelaria for years (the biggest event in Peru and the third biggest event in South America). Her knowledge of the Andean culture and its importance in the social and economic development of the country have been a major part of he
Andreas has several years of sales and marketing experience in both the UK and Peru, and has worked writing content for several websites, and managed social media accounts. Andreas has been working with ArtPerUK since its launch in 2019 to promote its services and get the word out about their unique dance classes to the wider world. Andreas attends ArtPerUK events and is behind the camera during the dances.
Maidie Ruiz, is a profesional Peruvian folklore dancer. She has been in London since 2008. She was a member of the Fina Estampa folkloric dance Group in Chiclayo city where she promoted Peruvian dances such as festejo, marinera,tondero, vals and polka. She was a national champion of Tondero Dance At the Club Grau in Piura and won several other Marinera contests in Bagua, Chiclayo and Piura.
PERUVIAN DANCES CATALOGUE
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This is a traditional dance of the Shipibo-Conibo ethnic group of the Peruvian Amazon that is distributed on the banks of the Ucayali river. It is a dance done in honour of the Anaconda snake, as an offering for abudance in their hunt, and the female dances imitate the Anaconda's movements.
Marinera is one of the typical dances of Peru, which has gained popularity on the northern coast of the country, where a man and a woman dance together acting out a courtship of the woman, and makes use of handkerchiefs by both the man and woman dancing.
Festejo (from Spanish 'fiesta') is a festive form of Afro-Peruvian music. The dance is a staple in the Black coastal populations and it celebrates the emancipation of slaves. Festejo is recognized for its high energy and the improvisation carried out by the dancers.
The Caporales is a traditional Andean dance originated in Los Yungas of La Paz Bolivia, but also performed widely across the Peruvian Andes. Caporal or caporales today is a folklore dance very popular in the festivities of not only Bolivia, but also Argentina, Chile, Perú, Spain and the United States.