Omo Aché Afro-Cuban Music and Dance Company
A Celebration of Afro-Cuban Music, Dance, and Culture: Let Your Spirit Soar
Join Omo Aché Afro-Cuban Music and Dance Company for an evening’s journey of the tapestry of Cuba’s cultural richness through its music and dance traditions. This exciting program invites the audience on a journey through the evolution of Cuban culture, from its African roots to today’s most popular urban expressions.
Juan Carlos Blanco – Master Artist and Artistic Director
Juan Carlos Blanco has dedicated his life to preserving the African roots of his Cuban cultural heritage through performance, choreography, and teaching throughout the U.S.A.
Born and raised in Havana, Juan Carlos danced professionally in Cuba for fifteen years before coming to the U.S. in 1997. While in Cuba, Juan Carlos was the lead dancer for the Afro-Cuban folkloric company Raices Profundas, directed by Juan De Dios Ramos. During his time with Raices Profundas, he toured Asia, Central, and South America. Juan Carlos also performed and taught for several other Cuban dance companies, including BanRraRra, Cumballe, Oba Ilu, Arte Popular, Arawe, and Alabama.
The name Omo Aché comes from Lucumi, the Yoruba language, as it is preserved in Cuba. Omo means children, and aché is a positive spiritual energy that brings good fortune. Mr. Blanco chose this name to recognize the importance of the youth in the preservation and development of culture. Mr. Blanco takes pride in cultivating a deep understanding of this rich cultural art form by emphasizing historical context, precision, spirit, and character.
Health and Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend these performances. Please bring a picture of your vaccine card or the card itself.
Masks are required indoors for all guests (ages 2+) regardless of vaccination status. For more information about visiting Mingei International Museum, please visit their website.
We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance to minimize your wait.
Major Grant Sponsor
Financial support provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
Become a Sponsor
For details on sponsorship opportunities, please visit the Center for World Music’s 2022 World Music at Mingei Sponsorship Information.