Eda Zavala Lopez, a female curandera and activist was honored by the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment with the National Environmental 2014 Award. It was presented in recognition of her efforts to Protecting Indigenous Sacred Territories. As a spiritual leader in her village, she is deeply committed to Indigenous Peruvian People in defending their sacred territories and protecting their lands. She encourages them to empower themselves through Education, a Cross Cultural Bilingual Education that brings Hope to future generations. She inspires to Indigenous leaders, bilingual teachers and children to stand strong and learn to negotiate their dire circumstances by facing up to the intrusive and disrespectful modern world. Eda actively supports her people living deep into the forest. She is also very committed to Plant Medicine, medicinal plants strength her spirit and envisioning her path as a Shaman and leader. The profound knowledge she receives from her training every year brings her into the wisdom of nature and contemplation, observing and learning from the dynamism of plants, trees, birds, rivers, mountains, water, earth and fire. Through the interaction among human beings and a diversity of creatures supporting each other, Eda experiences and understands a real equilibrium that brings peace, serenity and deep love. Her practice teaches others a profound way to keep calm in mind and warm in heart by listening to the sounds of nature and through the embodiment of the medicinal plants that have a close relationship with wisdom. She understands very well that preserving the Peruvian rainforest is also for the benefit of the entire world and that expanding global efforts is very important in supporting this unique biodiversity. The plants, animals and people are ONE together and we need to work cooperatively to avoid the daily destruction of the rainforest. Together we can prevent it.
Born in the Bronx and raised in East Harlem, Christopher “QuestRoc” Ramos, has been honing his B-Boy skills for 6 years. Taught by many experienced and talented dancers stemming from all five Boroughs, “Quest” is well versed in the art of B-Boying(Breakdance). His style showcases fundamentals and originality. This translates into his teaching philosophy, emphasizing on conditioning, foundation, and history. Determined in unlocking others potential, “Quest” makes sure that his students leave feeling accomplished and empowered.
In addition to teaching at CCE Beacon, Maia is Director and instructor of Dojo Dance Company & Hudson Valley Tango. Maia's dance background extends from ballet, Argentine Tango, Latin dance, Modern Jazz, Folk, Flamenco & belly dance. She is also a licensed DXF- Dance Xross Fitness coach and Groove & Spaniard Dances Certified instructor. Maia achieved a degree as Self-defense instructor in Argentina and is training for her 3rd degree Black belt in Karate in New York. Her wide multidisciplinary experience contributes to the versatility of her dancing and teaching style, and to the creation and impetus of her Dance Company.
Janet Werther is a dancer, choreographer, arts educator, and scholar living in Beacon, NY. She holds an MFA in Dance & Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College and is earning her PhD in Theatre & Performance from the CUNY Graduate Center. She taught at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange from 2010-2017 and has also taught in public school and after-school settings in Buffalo, Yonkers, and Brooklyn, NY. Janet also teaches theatre and dance at Baruch and Marymount Manhattan Colleges. She was a member of the Ballez Company from 2013-2016 and performed as Little Red in the Ballez Sleeping Beauty and the Beast. She is looking forward to collaborating with director Eero Laine on a production of Men on Boats at the University at Buffalo as a Dance Dramaturg (Fall 2017). Her writing is published in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and Studies in Musical Theatre. Janet believes in child-centered, exploratory, socially conscious, and affirming arts education. She also believes in the power of the arts to build communities.