Afro-Peruvian, Latin American, & much more… Meet Julissa Angelik

When did you start dancing and what got you interested?

I began my career at the age of five. I received training in many styles of Peruvian dance and other international dances. Later, I received intensive instruction from renowned instructors and champions of Marinera (Peru’s national dance)

I love dancing, it is one of my passions. My mother introduced me to the dance world.fotorcreated

Tell us more about Afro-Peruvian dancing?
During our dance workshops we explore forms of Afro-Peruvian culture. The genre is a mix of West African and Spanish music. This is a type of Latin American music that was developed in South America, and in Peru it’s also known as “musica criolla”.

Outside of Afro-Peruvian, are there any other dance styles you enjoy?
I love to dance and learn all kind of dances from around the world. I have performed with different Peruvian Dance Companies, also on television and numerous theaters in Lima. I have participated in many competitions in Lima, Peru receiving different recognition for my talent and passion for “Marinera” and Peruvian dances. I have also performed Social Latin dances at international festivals, local television and local institutions in Minnesota and other states.

Who inspires you to dance?
My mother inspired me to dance. She is the reason why I do this. I love her so much for giving me this beautiful opportunity to be part of this musical world.

Do you have any big plans in the future for your dancing?
Many projects in mind … I really enjoy learning other dances and I always try to improve those that I already know. I run a cultural program: “Acuarela Criolla e Internacional” that opens the doors to all who would like to participate, learn and share their culture and traditions with the community. There is no age limit. And, you don’t need to be a professional dancer to join us. Everyone is welcome!

Do you have a favorite professional dancer?
I admire all of them.

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.
-Martha Graham

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