3:30 – Breakout Session
4:30 – International Receptions featuring the area’s top international restaurants and Maryland’s best beers
5:15 – Speaking Program
6:00 – Cultural Performance Showcase
Wednesday, December 6 | 3:30PM – 7:00PM
Columbus Center (IMET)
701 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
During this breakout session, learn the basic steps and history of Bachata – an integral part of culture in the Dominican Republic. No partner is necessary! Get comfortable with the basics, and then enjoy a mesmerizing dance performance by Nancy and Ross.
A genre of music, a dance and a vector of emotions. Influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia, Bachata is fun to learn and a great dance to get your feet “wet” in the exciting world of Latin dancing! Bachata was born over 60 years ago and has been a way for Dominicans to express their joy, their pain, and their suffering. Once stigmatized, Bachata was to Latin America, as Jazz was to the U.S.; its practitioners were denounced and considered low class. Over the years, Bachata has kept its authentic essence and evolved over time, and remains one of the most popular and still fastest growing Latin dance styles.
Sentimiento is a Latin dance school located in Baltimore, MD.
Baltimore is home to many large international NGOs who are vital to our local economy while making impacts across the world in a variety of sectors. Learn about how these organizations operate in challenging environments to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company
Keur Khaleyi is an African dance company for children and adults. They are committed and passionate about passing on the art of dance. They exist to strengthen and enhance awareness, understanding, preservation, education, appreciation, and enjoyment of traditional African performing arts dance, music, songs, and stories.
Washington Samulnori is a Korean traditional percussion performing troupe, dedicated to performing and preserving “Samulnori”. The Korean words “sa” and “mul” mean “four things” and “nori” means “to play.” In the case of SamulNori, it refers to the four musicians playing four different types of percussive instruments: the changgo (hourglass-shaped drum), the buk (barrel drum), the jing (large gong), and the kkwaenggwari (small gong).
Cissa Paz is a Brazilian singer-song writer. The diversity of her cultural experience merges with her fearless taste for new combinations, as she creates and rearranges songs that are melded with the rich traditions of Afro-Brazilian and Luso-African concepts. Cissa’s captivating stage presence and soulful voice bring music that is fresh, fun and rhythmic.
Baltimore Development Corporation, Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore History & Culture, Baltimore Sister Cities Committee, Connecting Cultures, Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, Kanagawa Office in Maryland, Maryland-Anhui Sister State Committee, Maryland Department of Commerce, Maryland Economic Development Association, Rockville Economic Development, The City of Frederick, U.S. Export Assistance Center Baltimore