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Posted by admin on 2011/4/16 22:40:00 (3253 reads)

Sampler Weekend celebrates it 25th Anniversary and ArtsWave is excited to try something new – scheduling the Arts Sampler over six weekends during the 12-week community campaign for the arts from mid-February through April, and increasing the number of programs in neighborhood and community arts centers. As part of Sampler Weekend on Saturday, April 23, 12PM - 4 PM, MidwestLatino will present ArteLatino at AMIS:

AMIS (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies)
1908 Seymour Ave,
Cincinnati, OH

The ArtsWave Sampler Weekends, sponsored by Macy’s, celebrate the creative things — music, dance, theater, museums, and festivals — happening in large and small ways throughout our region. These weekends are great opportunities for families, friends, and neighbors to connect with one another and experience the arts through free events. The six weekends will offer some 180 events at over 75 venues all over the region. 

As in previous years, many local Latino artists will perform and present their art (dance, music, visual arts). See a video from Arte Latino 2010:

The planned schedule:

Time Slot Artist What
12:00 DJ Rudy Alvarez DJ
12:15 Carlos Flores Mariachi
12:30 Salsaires Cuban Salsa dancing
12:45 George Wojtas Flamenco
13:00 Josefat Celedon Theater
13:15 Rueda de Fuego Salsa Rueda Demo
13:30 Michael Beck  Merenque Lesson
13:45 New Brazil Brazilian Music
14:00 Embajadores Peruanos Peruvian Dance Group
14:15 George Wojtas Flamenco
14:30 New Brazil Brazilian Music
14:45 Embajadores Peruanos Peruvian Dance Group
15:00 Poco Loco Latin Jazz
15:15 AMIS Dance Group Children Dance Group
15:30 Poco Loco Latin Jazz
15:45 Patricia Paz Tango

Free food samples from Mexico (Taqueria Mercado) and Peru (Sabor Peruano)

This event is FREE and open to the public!!!

If you would like to perform or exhibit your visual art, please contact us. There are still spots avaliable.

The ArtsWave Sampler Weekends are a celebration of the arts in our community, and occur throughout the annual community campaign, when people all across our region come together to support the fun things to do in greater Cincinnati.

For a complete schedule of events and an interactive searchable calendar, visit 

Posted by admin on 2011/4/14 10:20:00 (1658 reads)

Premiering This Saturday!
Rhythms of Our Land, April 16th, 2011 

Click play above, for a little taste

This SATURDAY, Bi-Okoto brings a mixed repertory piece showcasing a series of traditional dances from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Guinea. Dances range from Rites of Passage Dance from Guinea for girls, a Farming Dance from Nigeria, a Harvest Dance from Guinea,  and a fun and flirty Courtship Dance from Benin,Ghana,  and Nigeria. So grab a date, or bring the family to an exciting event that will expose you to the beauty of African culture, right here in local Cincinnati!

April 16th, 2011
7:30pm Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 

Adults $18, Children (ages 6-12) & Seniors $12 
All performances are take place at Bi-Okoto, inside the Bi-Okoto Cultural Theatre.

7030 Reading Rd. Suite 662, Cincinnati, OH 45237 

Use the Langdon Farm Rd. / Jordan Crossing entrance 
Call 513-696-2112 or visit for more details.

Posted by admin on 2011/3/17 6:41:30 (1716 reads)


The event is FREE, but you need to REGISTER: contact or call 513-977-4163

Come, mingle, network and share a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres with other local artists at the Arnonoff Center for ARTNET. 

Date: Friday, April 1 · 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: Weston Art Gallerycorner of 7th and Walnut St.Cincinnati, OH

If you are a poet, dancer, singer, musician, visual artist, rapper, a budding artist or an arts organization looking for local talent to network, collaborate or to showcase local artists you can still sign up to be a participant at Artnet email 

Or maybe you want to network, chat and mingle with local artist then register by emailing:

Posted by admin on 2011/3/11 9:20:00 (1551 reads)

SHPE Cincinnati held on March 11th, 2011, a "Career Awareness" seminar for Hispanic 7th and 8th graders at Lakota Hopewell Junior High. The goal was to introduce students to fields in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

It is one of SHPE Cincinnati's initiatives to identify and sponsor a group of kids through iSPACE FIRST Lego League (Robotics Clubs). We want to excite the kids and make them aware of the opportunities out there. It was a great experience for SHPE members to interact with young thriving kids who have lot's of questions on college and STEM fields. 

We would like to thank Ms. Sharon Young from iSPACE, all SHPE Volunteers, and the staff of Lakota Hopewell Junior High for support and participation. 



More pictures are in the Photo Gallery (click here)

Posted by admin on 2011/3/11 8:03:03 (1757 reads)

Our good friends from Anaya Gypsy Belly Dancing group will be performing tomorrow at the ArtsWave Sampler Weekend. Don't miss it!
Be sure to check them out tomorrow at the Cincinnati Ballet! Stick around for a martial arts' demonstration right after the dance performance.
ArtsWave Sampler Weekend 2011 (Formerly Fine Arts Sampler)
date: Saturday March 12
time: 1:45pm
location: Cincinnati Ballet, 1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH
price: FREE!
misc: We're ecstatic to be back at one of our favorite events of the year! And we have a surprise for you...Zach Mechlem & Johnny Ruzsa of Mohenjo Daro will be joining us during the show! We couldn't be more honored and excited to share the stage with these talented musicians. There is free, gated parking right next to the Cincinnati Ballet.

Posted by admin on 2011/2/26 17:03:24 (1968 reads)

The UC student-organized Cincinnati Dance Marathon kicked off at noon on Feb. 26 and runs through noon on Feb. 27. The event at the UC Campus Recreation Center benefits young patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Participants in the dance marathon enjoyed numerous activities such as dancing to favorite songs, playing knockout and dodge ball and learning how to salsa.

This year they were able to raise over $18,000 for the Children's Hospital! Congratulations UC!!!! MidwestLatino is proud to support such a noble initiative!


More pictures are on Facebook

Posted by admin on 2011/2/22 9:00:00 (3377 reads)


Juan Manuel Corzo Román, Senator of the Republic of Colombia, was born in Cúcuta (Norte de Santander) in 1961. He is a lawyer specializing in public law, with expertise in financial law.

Member of the Colombian Conservative Party, he started his political career in Cúcuta as a City Council member, was elected in 1998 to the House of Representatives of Colombia, and in 2002 to the Senate of Colombia.

He is member of the Commission VI of the Senate, chairman of the Human Rights Commission. He was also a member of Commission III of the Senate (Economic Affairs) and belonged to the Ethics and Peace Commission of the Senate.

The ticket sale has been closed!

Posted by admin on 2011/2/19 17:11:02 (1669 reads)

On Thursday, Feb. 17, our chapter had its second networking meeting, this time at AMIS (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies), which has a high number of Hispanic students.

Representatives form iSPACE presented the Robotics programs that they organize, and which we would like to use as the base for our Robotics Club that we want to start at AMIS.

Several kids from AMIS were able to learn more about the Robotics program and get excited about the possibilities. We hope that our SHPE Members will get involved in helping these kids in their STEM Journey.

We would like to thank Maria Lang from AMIS for the hospitality, and iSPACE representatives for their insightful presentation, as well as representatives from UC, YMCA, and Lakota High School, who were able to join us.  

We hope to invite all our members soon to an official opening of the Robotics Club at AMIS!


More info on SHPE Cincinnati Website: 

Posted by admin on 2011/2/19 9:20:00 (3242 reads)

English Language Learning Foundation, 3rd Annual Recognition Breakfast, held at Northern Kentucky University, Thursday, March 3, 2011, 8:30-10:30am Breakfast Program. Corporations, non-profits, higher education institutions and individuals will celebrate children and adults who serve children. The Breakfast includes recognition of:

  • Student of the Year Award - Veronica Rebeca Alamilla, originally from Mexico is a pre-med student at Northern Kentucky University.
  • Educator of the Year Award - Dr. Miriam Steinitz-Kannan, Regents Professor at Northern Kentucky University.
  • Tutor of the Year Award - Lawrence Heitkamp, a volunteer tutor since the program began in 2004.
  • Make a Difference Award - Maria G. Molina, Procter & Gamble's Latin American Development Director and Americas Consumer Relations Manager.
Keynote Speaker – Marilyn Zayas-Davis. Marilyn currently serves as the first Legal Advisor for LULAC Ohio. She has served as member of the Cincinnati Ballet BoD and Centro de Amistad, an organization dedicated to providing services to immigrants.
The Board of the English Language Learning Foundation believes there is no greater cause to champion than providing a well-rounded, culturally diverse education to every child in greater Cincinnati. ELLF annually serves over 2000 children and adults in programs.

For more information call Gregory Stewart at 513.520.5203 or


Dr. Miriam Steinitz-Kannan               Maria G. Molina

Posted by admin on 2011/2/16 3:48:43 (1676 reads)

The SHPE Cincinnati Professional Chapter would like to invite you to our first in 2011 All Members Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17th, 4:30 - 6 PM at AMIS (Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies), located at 1908 Seymour Ave Cincinnati, Ohio 45237.   

The preliminary agenda:  

- Welcome & intro of new members and EBOD
- iSPACE Program Introduction by Educational Outreach Director, Sharon Young
- Chapter initiatives review and volunteers needs by each leader 
     - Targeted schools and leaders (AMIS, Lakota, Princeton)
- Introduction to Robotics Club @ AMIS initiative
- Preliminary 2011 Event Schedule (Local, national, etc.)

We are very excited about the meeting and we hope, you'll join us.

Refreshments and Appetizers will be provided

Please RSVP your participation todayclick here

Posted by admin on 2011/2/8 7:03:25 (5135 reads)

This Wednesday  Feb. 9, at our weekly Salsa @ Bartini's, we'll feature a sizzling Salsa performance by internationally recognized performers Diana Sanchez and Carlos Gomez.

Diana Sanchez - originally from Honduras and Carlos Gomez originally from Colombia, bring their L.A. style salsa dancing to Bartini's

Don't miss this special performance by internationally recognized Salseros! They are known for their flavor and tricks they add to their dancing. Don't miss it!

You can see Diana in action on the dance floor in this video from her DVD: dianasanchez_dvd.htm

Also with Diana will be three other girls from her dance team.

With this event, we're bringing back our "MidwestLatino Salsa Performance Series" on Wednesdays nights. In the future we'll have the Salsaire dance team, the Rueda de Fuego dance team, and many others.

Bartini's is located at 580 6th Street (corner of Walnut St.).

Posted by admin on 2011/2/1 23:00:00 (1925 reads)

Our friend Hasmik is planning a research trip to Mexico as part of her PhD program:

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a PhD Student, trying to invest my skills, knowledge and experience into raising awareness in public about domestic violence, abuse and poverty, training para-professionals outside of America, to work with victimized populations, handling crisis intervention. I am doing research on Cross-Cultural Counseling and training in Crisis Intervention. For now, this research is including a possible publication and several presentations at Professional Counseling Conferences starting in Fall.

My trip to Mexico is the field research portion of my study. I will be studying domestic violence, abuse and poverty stricken mental health needs in the context of Mexican Culture. The second portion consists of about 40 hour intensive training program of Back2Back ministry's staff in Monterrey in crisis intervention, handling trauma and mental health, as well as abuse related specific emotional/mental needs. 

The staff is eager to start the training ASAP with specific needs that they face on daily basis. I have very limited time to raise sufficient funds to make the trip.

Not only this project will help the very compassionate people in Monterrey who have dedicated their lives to helping the population in that country, but will also contribute to the field of Mental Health in understanding how to interpret the Western concept of counseling into cultures where mental health has a strong, negative stigma attached to it and very little, if any, practical application that benefits the under-privileged people. 

As a volunteer, there is no financial compensation involved, either for travel and living expenses, nor for the time at the mission facility. And of course there cannot be, due to the fact that my student visa does not permit me to be gainfully employed.

The organization is called Back2Back Ministries, they have been doing an incredible work in Monterrey and Cancun, in addition to Africa. I chose them among many organizations, because the establisher of this amazing work is a very humble person and does not want any advertisement behind his name. Here is their website: The tax ID number is 31-1468516.

Our good friend Marty is offering his home for a private salsa party /Fundraiser on the 5th of February, Saturday, from 9 PM to 1 AM, and DJ Tony Pabon has volunteered his services as DJ that night.

Furthermore, one anonymous (by choice) individual has committed to match up to the first $500 of donations received prior to or at the party event. Let's make sure that cap is met and exceeded!

It will be a great party and we need you there

If any member of the Salsa community in Cincinnati would like to join, please email me and I'll get you the directions. 

And if you cannot come, we still accept donations for Hasmik - you can donate at any of our events @ Mad Frog on Mondays, or @ Bartini's on Wednesdays. 

Posted by admin on 2011/2/1 22:22:39 (1607 reads)

It's time to celebrate another year of TROPICOSO playing Salsa @ Mad Frog

Yes, it's been 12 years!!!

Saturday, Feb. 12th, 2011

Dance lesson 9-10 PM, Band plays from 10 PM until 2 AM

$2 Coronas & other drink specials!

$8 cover, $15 per couple

Bring your Valentine and dance the night away with your favorite Latin band!

Posted by admin on 2011/1/21 6:00:00 (2325 reads)

Saturday, January 22, 2011 7:30 PM-11:30 PM, a new Latin dance company“Salsaires” will be presenting the “1st Annual Cincinnati SalsaThon for a Cause at the Cincinnati Ballet.

Salseros and Salseras: Take on the challenge of dancing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and ChaChaCha for 3 consecutive hours to benefit Faces Without Places; a local non-profit who generates awareness and funds to keep more than 3000 children and youth experiencing homelessness connected to their education in the Greater Cincinnati area. More information about Faces Without Places can be found at

So what will the SalsaThon consist of?
- The first two hours you will rotate partners and follow calls from one of the “Salsalebrities” of the evening.
- The last hour you will dance with the partner you began the SalsaThon with. For those that last you will be eligible for prizes so be ready to show what you’ve got!
- Minimal breaks are allowed. There must be one couple on the floor at all times.
- No experience necessary.

If you don’t have a partner, we will match you with another single participant
Early Bird Reservation: $15 per person
Day of the Event: $20 per person at door
Audience (non participants) and Students: $10

For more information, visit their Website:


Frequently Asked Questions regarding The 1st Annual Salsathon for A Cause

Tomorrow night aka Saturday January 22, 2011 7PM

The Cincinnati Ballet is located near the intersection of Liberty and Central Parkway in Over the Rhine near Downtown. It's half a block away from Music Hall and Findlay Market. The exact address for getting directions is 1515 Central Parkway Cincinnati, OH 45214. You can also check out the Cincinnati Ballet's locations page for more info:

There is an elevated parking lot next to the Ballet where you can park. There are also parking spaces along Central Parkway. In terms of security, there will be security officers monitoring the parking lot the entire time of the event.

Wear what you like. However,  be aware that there will be photos taken of the event. Whatever you choose make sure you're comfortable. You're going to be dancing for a long time. And it may be a good thought to bring an additional shirt or two.

The ballet floor is a marley floor, not a hardwood floor. Its designed to absorb the shock from the jumps that ballet dancers do, so it is quite delicate. In order to protect the floor and your feet, please wear smooth or soft soled shoes. And unfortunately, ladies, absolutely NO HEELS!  They will destroy the floor!
The money that you're paying to be a spectator or a dancer goes directly to Faces Without Places. Wanna know more about what they do

Remember registering in advance is $15.00 per person or $20.00 at the door for dancers. Spectators $10.00 Cash or Check only. Visit  for more information and where to register. Online registration is available until 12PM Saturday afternoon.

First and foremost spread the word to friends and family about the good work
that Faces Without Places is doing for homeless children. If you want to
make a monetary donation, here's the link ... D=36&thesubdeptID=168

6:30 - Doors open to the public
7:00 - Intro lesson of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata
7:55 - Welcome and Introductions
8:05 - Rueda and Afro-Cuban Demonstration
8:15 - Salsathon Instructions
8:30 - 11:30 Salsathon!!!!!!!

We'd love if you do, but its your right to choose when you want to stop dancing. You do get two 10 minute breaks during the three hour session to rest up. The goal is to have fun with your friends during the event. If you plan on trying to last all three hours, choose wisely when to exert yourself to the music and when to just go...... sloooooow. Make sure to eat light and avoid the alcohol until after the event is over.

Yes, of course!  We encouraged people to bring partners so there would be a good balance of men and women in the room. We will attempt to match everyone up with a partner but there are no guarantees. People will be rotating between
partners for most of the evening so there will be plenty of opportunities to
dance. If at any time you're on the floor not dancing with someone, please do shines or basic footwork on your own before you rotate to another dancer.

The competitive element with a partner is during the last half hour. And this is where you will dance with the person you were partnered up with at the time of registration. The songs will move at a faster tempo and those couples that are there at the end will be judged on how well they move and the enthusiasm they bring to the dance at that time. There will be prizes for the top three couples at the end. That's why it's ideal to dance with someone you know and are comfortable dancing with. Another reason why we
encouraged bringing a partner to the event.

The only spirit we have is water on the rocks!

Salsaires and Faces Without Places thank you SO MUCH in advance for your participation, and for your assistance to the cause. We are sure you will have a wonderful time, and look forward to making this an annual event.
Posted by admin on 2011/1/20 11:00:50 (2000 reads)

Michael Beck, founder and president of MidwestLatino is featured in this month's Newsletter of the CAA (Cincinnati Arts Associations) Building Diverse Audience Advisory Committee (BDAAC).


BDAAC LogoBuilding Diverse Audiences Advisory Committee (BDAAC)

In 1996, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) and its Education and Community Relations Department formed the Building Diverse Audiences Advisory Committee (BDAAC) to produce a strategic plan to attract a more diverse audience to its venues.


BDAAC is a committed group of citizens illustrating diversity from within the community that acts as an advisor to and ambassador for the Cincinnati Arts Association. BDAAC's purpose is to assist CAA in addressing the programming, service and cultural needs of Greater Cincinnati's diverse communities. In addition, members get the opportunity to collaborate with CAA and other community organizations on projects.

BDAAC often helps plan and participate in CAA events, volunteer at community arts festivals, and play a role in the success of diverse programs through grassroots marketing. As an advisory committee, BDAAC provides input, reminders, resources, and feedback to the Cincinnati Arts Association.

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