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Festival Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty:

Argentina:  Claudio Otero
Mexico:  Rudy García
Peru:  Gabriela Shiroma
Spain:  Sara Moncada
U.S. Clogging:  Ian Enriquez
U.S. Rhythmic Tap:  Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias

Audreyanne Delgado Covarrubias, a native Californian, discovered her passion for dance at the age of four. By the time Audreyanne reached high school, she was studying and teaching tap to students of all ages at the prestigious LaVerne Krei tap studio where she was also a member of the Tapsichore tap company. After high school Audreyanne pursed a professional dance career of which led her to Korea and eventually back to California. She also returned to teaching tap and continued her own studes as a member of the Bay Area Rhythm Tap Company under the direction of Debbie Sternbach.

Audreyanne continues to study with famous Sam Weber and has had the honor of performing some of his pieces. Currently, Audreyanne can be found working in the Quality Control microbiology lab, at a start up biotech company in Berkeley. In her spare time, she attends tap class, tap festivals, master classes, rehearsing, and collaborates with other tappers and musicians. She is also an accompanist drummer and performing member of the OngDance Company. Recently, Audreyanne appeared in the Korea Day performance at the Asian Art Museum where she performed a duet for tap dance and Korean traditional drum, a piece that is especially meaningful to her due to her love of both tap dance and Korean traditional music and culture.

Ian Michael Enriquez dabbled in dance since middle school where he first discovered dance through a school play.  He moved from choreographing his high school show choir in the Philippines to college musicals in Ohio while studying African dance forms.  He danced with the London Marching Boys for three years before moving to San Francisco and starting a similar company with the aid of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance.  It was not until 2003 that he discovered clogging and began performing with the Barbary Coast Cloggers.  He is not a traditional clogger by any means and is known for blending in moments of new movement into the genre from other dance styles.

Rudy F. García has danced with several Bay Area dance groups including Flor de la Esperanza, Xochipilli de San Jose, and Jubilee American Dance Theater. He was Artistic Director for Alegría de San Jose and Los Lupeños de San Jose. He is married to María Luísa Colmenárez. Together they teach and perform, sharing their love or Mexican dance and history. Rudy’s book, "Folklórico Handbook" is used in several Californian colleges. Both are National Endowment for the Arts Folk Arts grant recipients and have served as California Arts Council Dance Panelists. The couple serves as Treasurer and President for Danzantes Unidos de California.

Gabriela Shiroma is the Artistic Director of “De Rompe y Raja” Cultural Association devoted to preserving afro-Peruvian traditions. She has 15 years of experience teaching Afro-Peruvian dance and researching the African Diaspora music and dance legacy around the world. Her classes and educational workshops include universities, schools, colleges and cultural centers in Ghana, Togo, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and USA.

Born in Argentina, Claudio Otero began dancing at the age of four. His talent was quickly recognized, and he soon joined the National Tour in Argentina, sharing the stage with renowned stars of tango. Claudio's driving performances were sought after for commercials and television shows throughout Argentina. He captivated audiences with his presentations at theaters such as the Teatro Alvear and Astral, and with dinner shows at Michelangelo and La Ventana. In the United States, his tango and gaucho performances continue to dazzle and amaze. His dancing has been featured in television shows as well as in commercials. He is now the director assistant and choreographer for the internationally renowned “Rhythm and Passion Show” which tours through Asia, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Claudio received the Gold Star Halo Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment industry by the Southern California Motion Picture Council. Claudio is one of the few dancers who has perfected both the tango and the gaucho dances. His energetic gaucho performances reflect the soul of the Argentine countryside while his tango style ignites the stage with the passion and intensity of Buenos Aires.

Sara Moncada began her studies in dance at the age of four including classical ballet and modern dance. In 2001, she discovered her passion for the art of Flamenco and began studying in the U.S. with La Monica and La Tania, among others. Her studies took her to Spain where she studied with such artists as Farruquito, LaFarruca, Pastora Galván, Andrés Marín and Rafaela Carrasco. Since 2003 she has performed as a company member and soloist with Monica’s Pasión Flamenca, and has been invited to dance with Carola Zertuche’s Theater Flamenco and Yaelisa’s Caminos Flamencos. In 2006 she joined La Tania Baile Flamenco and has worked as a company member and soloist for such events as Una Noche Flamenco, Punta y Tacón and Misión Flamenca. Her involvement in her Native American culture and heritage merged with her performance and professional dance training, naturally bringing her Native American dancing to the theater stage as a dancer and company member for Sewam American Indian Dance. For over 20 years she has performed and shared the art of dance and culture to communities across the U.S. and abroad.