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R.Evolucion Latina Concludes 2014 Beyond Workshop Series Today

R.Evolución Latina is concluding its 2014 Beyond Workshop Series program celebrating Musical Theater with Cultural Exchange.

The Beyond Workshop Series (BWS) is a scholarship-based training program for actors, singers and dancers at varying career levels, sponsored by R.Evolución Latina, the organization that promotes community empowerment through the arts. Now in its 7th year, the 2-week program was held at the National Dance Institute in Harlem from March 24th through April 7th. A total of 37 artists from New York and 5 Latin American countries were exclusively selected to benefit from the program.

12 International students from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Colombia were invited to join 25 students from NYC in studying acting, singing and dancing, the major components of musical theatre, as a means of creating well-rounded and empowered performing artists. The students committed to developing an honest awareness of their own potential through the arts, in turn empowering and contributing to their communities.

Under the guidance of Founder/Director Luis Salgado, teachers from Broadway, Film, and TV assembled to provide the students with in-depth, professional training tailored for all experience levels.

The faculty included Matt Steffens (associate choreographer of QUEEN OF THE NIGHT), Rickey Tripp (currently appearing in MOTOWN on Broadway), William Wade, Ian Hersey (The Public Theatre) and RL's Adult Educational Programs Coordinators Hanley Smith (THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, LES MISERABLES) and Heather Hogan (IN THE HEIGHTS). They were joined by special guest teachers Gabriela Garcia (CHICAGO), Jonathan Mendez (Ballet), Donnie Mather (The Adaptations Project), Alfredo Dinatale (Peruvian Dance), Ron Piretti (Broadway Fight Choreographer), Robert Perillo (Master Voice & Speech Trainer), Valeria Cossu (Body Percussion), Jaime Lozano (Composer & Musical Director,) and Julie Freudnt (Peruvian Singer/Songwriter).

On Monday, April 7th, the 2014 class will reunite for an evening of celebration and performances at the National Dance Institute: 217 W. 147th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass Blvds. DIRECTIONS: A, B, C, D trains to 145th Street, or 3 train to 148th Street. To reserve a ticket, email

Founded by Luis Salgado ("In The Heights", "Women on the Verge", "Rocky"), R.Evolución Latina provides 6 celebrated local, national and international programs including the Beyond Workshop Series, the Dare to Go Beyond Children's Performing Arts Camp, School Arts, and Kids Beyond Broadway. For more information about R.Evolución Latina's programming, visit

All R.Evolución Latina programs are made possible thanks to the support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS and by individual donors who support the organization. If you would like to support the arts and these programs, RL is currently running the 'Dare To Give Campaign".

DARE 2 GIVE is a 5-week fundraising campaign that invites YOU to invest in the arts and support the growth and empowerment of the Latino community in NYC, Latin America and around the world. The campaign will run through April 30th, 2014.

Students who completed this program: From NYC - Alice Roschuni, Armando Mendez, Brett Robinson, Christine McClellan, Damiana Reyes, Edgar Cavazos, Eduardo Ramos, Elias Avalos, Hassan Salazar, Ingrid Tous, James Rogers, Jasmine Romero, Jessica Smith, Jorge Loaiza, Kendra Augustin, Lola Arruti, Luis Herrera, Maria Peyramaure, Michela Deidda, Natalia Peguero, Nicole Gray, Phoenix Ximenez, Robert Rice, and Zahaira Curiel.

From Latin American countries - Ana Lucia Polanco Bustamante, Juan Pablo Lostannau Aliaga, Kollen Herrera, Manuel Antonio Piero, Gianina Arana Terranova, Varonica Paris Gutierrez, Jhonathan Giusseppe Munoz, Helber Eddward Sepúlveda Escobar, Argentina, Facundo Agustin, Guido Salas, Camila Araújo de Freitas, and 10-year-old scholarship winner, Mariana Herrera Jury.

Photo by Heather Hogan

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