Cuauhtemoc Peranda Mitote
A Dance Company
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Cuauhtémoc (Xicano/Aztec and Mescalero Apache) is a choreographer, dancer, performance artist, creative writer, and a dance and quare scholar.
Cuauhtémoc has performed with The Mills College Repertory Dance Company, Molissa Finley and Dancers, his former Vindiction Dance Company, Stanford Chocolate Heads Dance Company/Aleta Hayes, Tlaloc-Chalchihuitlicue Traditional Aztec Dance, Whitehawk Traditional Aztec Dance, and Tezcatlipoca Traditional Danza Azteca.
His dance work has been presented at Mills College, La Galeria de La Raza, The Garage, SFMoMA, Stanford Drama & Dance Department, and at UC Davis’s Native American Cultural Days.
His training come from Tezcatlipoca under David Vargas, Whitehawk with Yermo Aranda, Tlaloc-Chalchihuitlicue by Elizabeth and Elena Barron, and he was classically trained at Stanford University and Mills College.
Cuauhtémoc has taught dance since he was 13 years old, starting with Aztec Dance. He has also taught Voguing, Modern Dance, Winterguard (movement, flag, rifle, and saber), and Creative Dance. Teaching and studying dance is one of his deepest passions, and he continues to keep the human tradition of dance alive though his work.
At Stanford, he studied with and performed in works by Ralph Lemon, Rulan Tangen, Ann Carlson, Jane Comfort, Robert Moses, Diane Frank, Aleta Hayes, Parijat Desai, Susie Cashion, and Tony Kramer. Cuauhtémoc graduated with honors from Stanford University with degrees in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Dance, and is 2010 awardee Sherifa Omade Edoga Prize for Work Addressing Social Issues.
In addition to dancing, Cuauhtémoc has worked extensively with Dance and Performance Studies Scholarship, training at Northwestern University at the Ramon Rivera-Servera, and completing an honors thesis about Voguing and Queer/Quare Subcultures in the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.
(He continues to investigate and research Voguing and the Embodiment, Ideas of FIERCENESS)
Cuauhtémoc is currently at Mills College, in Oakland, working towards his MFA in Choreography and Performance. There, with the Mills Rep. Company, he has performed works of Sonya Delwaide, Molissa Fenley, Sheldon Smith, Shnichi Iova-Koga, while also producing his own work and writings.
He is the Artistic Director of his company: Cuauhtémoc Peranda Mitote dance company, and is the Director of Choreography for the Santa Cruz Chamber Ballet.