Panama Culture In Austin, Texas
Folklore Y Ritmos De Panama
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Born in Panama, Marta McInnis received her education in Panama City and Kingston, Jamaica. This early exposure to diversity is evident in the multicultural flair she fosters in her dance company, Folklore y Ritmos de Panama en Austin. Ms. McInnis, best known for her unique choreography and beaming smile on stage, is one of the foremost authorities of Panamanian folklore in Austin and throughout Texas. She debuted professionally as a dancer with the accomplished Folklorico group of Dale Carnegie and later joined the University of Panama’s dance troupe, Baila Panama Baila. She has since participated in and led numerous workshops and performances in the United States and abroad. Her goodwill has earned the group respect, and she is often invited to national Panamanian performances and, more recently, this summer, the honor to dance in Italy and France. She first introduced
Austin to Panamanian folklore in 2000 at the International Festival at the local St. Louis Church, where she first conceptualized the idea of Folklore y Ritmos de Panama. Her tireless dedication and support toward the mission of cultural exchange led to her founding the group in September 2001. She has continued to spread that love for her culture throughout her teaching to adults and young dancers in Austin and the region. Her high standard and strive for authentic hand-crafted national dress Polleras set her troupe apart from all others in the Lone Star State.
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