Children’s Dance Program

Our children’s dance program is named Ñukanchik Sapi, which in the Kichwa language stands for “our roots.” This program provides children and their parents with a space where they can learn about Ecuadorian culture and meet other families. The class meets every Saturday and is open to children of ages between six and twelve. In order to provide access to as many children as possible, the program fee is kept to a minimum and majority of the traditional costumes are provided at no cost.

The program presents a spring and a winter recital where the children perform the various dances they have learned. Besides these productions, the students who participate in the weekly rehearsals have the opportunity to perform in local cultural events.

Some of the dancers who participate in the Ayazamana Dance Group started in the children’s dance program.


¡Come dance with us!

Children between the ages of 6 and 12.

Every Saturday

3:00 pm – 4:30pm


Jose Rivera is an artist and founder of an Ecuadorian dance group, he is presenting himself with a hat in hand.
Jose Rivera

Jose Rivera was born in Quito, Ecuador and began to dance traditional dances from Ecuador at the age of 15 with the Virginia Rosero Dance Company, one of the most well-known folkloric groups of Ecuador.  In 1992, at the age of 25, Mr. Rivera migrated to the United States and founded the Ayazamana Dance group, becoming one of the premiere Ecuadorian folkloric dance groups in this country.

Sonia Bueno

Sonia Bueno is a first generation Ecuadorian American with years in experience in dance and children’s education. She started her dance training in ballet and folkloric Mexican and Domician Dance. Currently, Sonia has been part of Ayazamana Dance Group for the last 7 years. Sonia has worked in education in various New York museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History.


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Interested in learning Ecuadorian traditional dance and joining our group?