IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company, Miami’s premier Afro-Cuban cultural organization, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award. The winner will receive $20,000 to support its mission.
IFE-ILE Founder Neri Torres is an award-winning choreographer and instructor, would like to expand the organization’s annual festival, which produces a wide array of workshops for all ages reflecting the diversity of the African diaspora and live performances, including its annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival (now in its 16th year).
In addition, she is currently working on a new choreography titled Entre Cielo y Tierra, based on the Cuban exodus of the Mariel Boatlift and its cultural implications in the U.S.
People’s Choice nominees are also finalists for the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest that awards Knight Foundation grants for the best ideas in the arts. Winners of both the challenge and the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Dec. 2.
To vote, text code VOTE3 to either 22333 or 747-444-3548 toll-free, through 11:59 p.m. Monday Nov. 17.
About the IFE-ILE
Established in 1996, IFE-ILE is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Afro-Cuban culture through dance. IFE-ILE seeks to develop cross-cultural understanding and to educate community members and visitors through traditional and contemporary dance, music performances, festivals, lectures, workshops and master classes.
IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company