Finalist in “Transito MX 02”: Festival Internacional de Artes Electronicas Video: 10/2007
The Transitio MX 02 festival titled Nomadic Borders has the initiative of creating action and reflection over the concept of community. In this sense an allusion is made to the metaphor of the border as a non-place, a symbolic site that draws a territorial line and opens a new possible future for convergence to occur. Danza Azteca en Filadelfia was the film use for this festival.

This video is available for purchase as part of a Community Visions compilation DVD.

Meaning “School of Blood Moving in the Heart” in the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs, Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac is a dance and cultural troupe based in the heart of South Philadelphia. A visually captivating portrait of the group told through their own voices, Aztec Dance in Philadelphia raises questions about indigenous history and the retention of cultural heritage in the context of modern immigration. “We consider it a school because we are learning about the culture we have lost,” says one of the group’s members. The dancers of Ollin Yoliztli Calmecac bring their audiences a pre-Columbian heritage with roots in central Mexico. Kept alive by modern keepers of the culture like those in this trilingual Spanish/English/Nahuatl documentary, Aztec dance has followed the paths of contemporary Mexican immigrants into the United States. That migration has brought Aztec culture here, to Philadelphia. Aztec Dance in Philadelphia is an engaging resource for educators teaching modern immigration and a colorful testament to the resilience of indigenous cultures.


City of Philadelphia, Office of Truancy & Delinquency Prevention: Unsung Hero Award: 5/2006
Asset to the Community Award from the EPIC Community Stake holder Group of South Philadelphia for unselfish dedication to the quality of life within the community.

City of Philadelphia, Art in City Hall: Visions and Voices: 9/2004
Recognition from the Mayor of Philadelphia as a prominent member of the Philadelphia community of Latino artists.



Institution for Cultural Partnership (ICP) and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA): 2007
Master and Apprenticeship a grant to learn how to make Clay Flutes and Naive Mexican Music. With Master Xavier Quijas Yxayotl. Culminating in a presentation “The Fall of the Bellybutton of the Moon” festival, free for the public in Philadelphia PA.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Preserving Diverse Cultures: 2007
Grantee Artistic Director salary for Ollin Yoliztli .

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Arts Management Internship. 2005
Internship for Arts development and management, including internship time at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, the Mt. Pleasant Hispanic American Center, and the Philadelphia Folklore Project.

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership: 2005-2007
Listing as an Artist and Multidisciplinary Cultural Art Teacher in the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Directory of Arts in Education