The Mazatlán Professional Dance School will celebrate its first 25 years and will celebrate it in a big way by sparing no expense as it will bring together more than 300 artists in the port, 21 generations of graduates who today shine on the national and international stage.
A cradle of creative artists, dancers, choreographers, lighting designers and managers, the EPDM will celebrate its silver anniversary with the Third Dance Encounter of Mazatlán, from September 18th to 24th.
Claudia Lavista and Víctor Manuel Becerra, co-directors of the EPDM and Delfos contemporary dance, share the idea of bringing together 21 generations of graduates plus the artists who did their residency at this prestigious institution, through a festival that will show the new trends of contemporary dance, there will be shows at the Ángela Peralta Theater, master classes, conferences and conversations, among other activities.
During the Third Dance Encounter, a book written by the researcher and critic of dance Patricia Cardona will be presented; It is a work on the EPDM that analyzes its pedagogical and didactic model and is the first book dedicated to a professional dance school in Mexico.
Regarding the objective of this meeting, maestra Claudia Lavista responds: “We want generations to get to know each other because what we have done in recent years is to build a great family of dance people, we want them to begin to realize that there are other people from their own EPDM family, who can collaborate and start generating new projects in the future”.
The Third Dance Encounter will be sponsored by the Festival Support Program (PROFEST) which grants resources from the Federal Ministry of Cultura to carry out cultural and artistic festivals that preserve, promote and stimulate culture in Mexico.
TMaestro Víctor Manuel Ruiz consideres the Third Dance Encounter to be a showcase for graduates to show off their achievements in the professional field and demonstrate why the school enjoys this quality status.
Satisfied by the professional quality of their graduates, Claudia Lavista and Víctor Ruiz, founders of EPDM, feel honored and proud of their alumni who in recent months have starred in the most important dance festivals in the region.
Between 70 and 80 percent of the projects of the Northwest Network of Dance Festivals have been presented by graduates of the EPDM, or have been managed by this school or by Delfos contemporary dance, celebrated Claudia Lavista.
The Network covers the most important forums for the projection of contemporary dance in the Northwest of the country, among them the Festival between Borders, the Cuerpos en Tránsito Festival and the José Limón Festival, which are presented in Tijuana, Mexicali and Sinaloa.
Former students of the EPDM participating in the last Red Noroeste de Festivales de Danza did so through the Escuela Superior de Danza de Sinaloa, directed by graduates of the institution; “Flores Teatro Danza”, “Proyecto Pájaro Mosca”, Delfos, and C.A.T.A.M.O.N. Dance Company, a company from Israel that maintains a residency and student mobility program with the Professional School of Dance of Mazatlán.