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Art, Music and Dance in Latin America

Art, Music, and Dance have always been a part of life in the region, even dating back to pre-colonial times.  As time progressed, all three elements became intertwined with the local and national realities of each country, creating a wide variety of traditions and celebrations.  More than that, art, music, and dance have both reflected and influenced politics and society in ways that cannot be understated.  From Brazilian Samba and Cuban Nueva Trova to Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Latin American culture is brilliantly rich and diverse.

Lesson Plans

PDF Ballet Folklórico: An Introduction (Mexico)

CLAS Resources

DVD 2 Filhos de Francisco (Brazil, 2005)
DVD Ballet Folklórico Nacional (Mexico)
Book Dancing with Cuba
Book Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas
DVD Favela Rising (Brazil, 2005)
Book Frida Kahlo (Mexico)
DVD Hacemos Fiesta! Let's Celebrate! Baroque Music from the New World
DVD La Camioneta (Guatemala, 2012)
Book Latin American Art of the 20th Century
DVD Se Arrienda: Bienvenido al sistema (2005)
Book Tango!: The Song, The Dance, The Story

CLAS Workshop Presentations

PPT Art of the Mexican Revolution
PDF Narco-Music
PPT Song, Dance and Nation in Modern Mexico