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International Dance Day 2018!


By Margot Sunev

Calling all movers and shakers! International Dance Day is here again. This year marks the 6th Annual Dance Day Celebration: a day of free classes with some of SMA’s best instructors. I sat down with Patty Arrieta, Artistic Director of Danza Arrieta Dance, to get more info.


Margot Sunev: What classes are being offered this year?

Patty Arrieta: We have African, Ballet, Capoeira, Contemporary, Folk Dance, Hip Hop, Intro to Dance, Jazz, Jazz with Babies, Music for Kids, Tango, Tribal Belly Dance, and Yoga. Classes range in age and all levels are welcome.

MS: Who are the teachers participating?

PA: I am so grateful to the teachers who donate their time and talents to the event each year! This year we have Julia Araiz, Katerina Barron, Elsanne Barrows, Cynthia Cardonatto, Tara Cassone, Carlos Martinez, Kathleen Mazurek, Paty Monsell, Andrea Rodríguez, Duncan Tonaitiuh and myself.

MS: What inspired you to organize this event?

PA: I love to dance and share that joy with others! I began the day of free classes as a way to reach out to the community and get people moving. It’s always a lot of fun and unifying. I also love seeing many of the same people come back year after year.

MS: What are the important details?

PA: Our Dance Day celebration is Saturday, April 14. The event will be at El Sindicato, Recreo 4. All classes are free and open to the public. You can pick up a schedule at El Sindicato or email me for information.

The Sindicato and I have once again partnered up for this event and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’d like to give a big thank you to El Sindicato and their staff, especially Julieta Sanchez. A special thanks to all the teachers participating this year. Thanks to Duncan Tonatiuh for his design of the dance day poster.

I hope everyone will come out on April 14 to help us celebrate International Dance Day! It’s a great opportunity to try a new class or support your favorite teacher.

You can email Patty for more info at or find her on Facebook at Danza Arrieta Dance.



International Dance Day Celebration

Day of Free Dance Classes

Sat, Apr 14, 10am–7pm

El Sindicato, Recreo 4





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