Leonardo Ivan Dominguez - Dominican merengue and folk dance

Ivan Dominquez breaks down traditional merengue steps in a workshop Photo: Nicole Macotsis

Leonardo Ivan Dominguez has been working for more than 35 years as an educator of Dominican folk traditions. Born on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ivan was learning to drum by age five. Later he co-founded Santo Domingo's folkloric dance ensemble at La Universidad Aut�noma. In 1996 he became director of Conjunto Folklorico, a Dominican folk arts youth program at the Alianza Dominicana in Washington Heights. He teaches Dominican dance and music traditions from a repertoire of more than 50 dances of Afro-Dominican and colonial Spanish heritage - including merengue and bachata - to Dominican youth in New York City. Classes can be taught in English or Spanish, incorporate cultural and historical learning and may include material-arts traditions like making costumes and carnival masks. Classes are co-taught by Conjunto's Assistant Director, Dario Hernandez, and may be accompanied by live music. Conjunto Folkl�rico is also available for performance. Registry / Contact Info