Thursday, June 23, 2011

NEW CLASS AT MILLS COLLEGE: Aztec Dance and Culture

Hello everyone!

I will be teaching a New Class at Mills for the Fall Semester: Aztec Dance and Culture.
It will be DNC 180 C and will take place Tues/Thurs, 1-2:15pm.

In this course you will learn the fundamental techniques, styles, rhythms, and choreographies of Aztec Dance, along with its history, cultural symbols, and Pan-Indian/Intertribal relationship.

This will be a fun and energetic Dance Class, with history/lecture woven into the class setting to provide appropriate cultural understanding and background.

If you are curious about Native American Dance, Culture, History, Immigration, Relationships, and Moving Bodies, then this course would be a great addition to you eduction.

Cuauhtemoc Peranda is a MFA graduate student in Dance at Mills College. Traditionally Trained in Aztec Dance since he was five, he is Sergento de Danza in grupo Tlaloc-Chalchiuhtlicue. He has been a dance advocate and educator for seven years, and excited to add this class to the rich Mills academic environment.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

ME, a thought and a video

"temoc, do you see the glass as half full or half empty"-therapist. "I don't like that question, its too judgmental, I like to see the obvious, the glass has water in it...what else matters...we need to drink"- Temoc....

It's not about positivity, nor about is about the mundane, the essential. In chemistry, a science I studied well, it was about atoms and their chemical properties....In life, the same phenomenon and logic exist...patterns, periodics, chaos, its all there, its all interrelated. Perhaps I make Dance because it is so like Chemistry. Perhaps I like Chemistry because it is so like Dance. Patterns, Movements, Reactions, New products, New Studies, Experimentation, furthering knowledge about our existence--the arts and sciences are not so different.
The Glass has water in it....

Inner peace. House of Light. Fierceness

Voguing is the Embodiment of Fierceness

What is Fierceness? Pure, amazing competence of the self, the understanding and doing of one's fabulousness.
What is fabulousness? The creations of the self, one's process, the individuals arrangement of his/her's look, health, mind, spirit, body. It is the essential beauty.

now werk!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cuauhtemoc Peranda's 28 rules...

These are my rules to life.....made with help from John Cage...enjoy.

1. Keep your friends close to you. Love then, and why not everybody?

2. There is no such thing as “hotness”. In fact, it is all in the eye of the beholder—and very context specific. What we get thrown into can be dangerous.

3. Be respectful of your elders. Even if they are old and full of shit, something in their experience they share with you is important—even if it is not so on the surface.

4. After you ask: “what does it mean?”…and you have gone as far as you can…“ask why does it mean?” ….Example: what does it mean to be gay….. why does it mean to be gay? Or more specifically. Why is there meaning to the identity of gay.

5. Injury occurs when you are tired or when you are not confident. So rest and take the leap of faith and believe in yourself.

6. Originality is not hard to find or do. You are unique, and thus, anything you do is intrinsically original. What is hard is to avoid following others, and following yourself

7. Follow others, learn from them. But in the end, be original.

8. There is nothing more exciting than Fierceness. Werk on finding your fierceness and being Fierce! Ya’ Bettah WERQ!

9. There is no such thing as better. This is another judgment statement that has no context or content. It is preference without grounding. Avoid using the at all cost.

10. “There is no win and no fail. There is only make.”

11. Take all the classes you can. Read all the books you can. Know all the News you can. Talk to as many people as you can. Make as many friends as you can. Work with all the people you can. Experience the world, and then some.

12. Always be open to new ideas. After some digestions, do as you wish.

13. “Be self disciplined. This means finding someone smart or wise and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.”

14. Find your practice, your daily practice, and, be true to this.

15. Your calling may not be what you hoped for, but in the end, you will be happy to wake up everyday to do as you know you have to do.

16. Know your process, and respect it. Follow it, learn about it, chill with it, and let it take you where you wish to go—or somewhere new.

17. Try not to create and analyze at the same time, they are different processes. *

18. “The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It is the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans - but not the players.”

19. Save everything, document everything. It will come in handy, at least once!

20. Dancers make the impossible possible. This is their plight, their duty, their love.

21. Think like a scientist and an artist, think creatively, think philosophically. In the end, make everything your experiment, the world your lab.

22. Saying it make it a reality. Naming it makes it real. What you put out, is put out into existence into the world.

23. Plié, Fold

24. Try to have as much happiness in your life as possible. Also, try to eat well, and eat great! Tasty food is great for you!

25. Try to be organized.

26. Sleep.

27. Set goals and timelines, even if they are not reached or even followed, you marked a path to stray from and maybe to return to….

28. Be good to yourself. Know thyself. Be good to yourself. Everything with excellence, you're excellent, your excellence.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

He will be Dancing and Singing in New FIre, a play

I have been casted as the Lead Signer/Dancer for a new play:


Written and Directed by Cherríe Moraga
Conceived and Designed by Celia Herrera Rodriguez

October 12-30th at the Brava Theater in San Francisco.

"New Fire" World Premiere

Written and Directed by Cherríe Moraga
Conceived and Designed by Celia Herrera Rodriguez

New Fire: On the Road to Consciencia Xicana. Countering Hollywood’s doomsday predictions for 2012, New Fire marks the closing of the epoch by inscribing “a cosmic contract for a fundamental change in human consciousness. The play, which is a performance and ceremony at once, follows the sacred geography of Indigenous American mythologies to tell a 21st century story of rupture, migration and homecoming. It marks that moment in history when maligned female spirits return to the earth “to make things right again”.

Performance Dates: October 12-30, 2011.

Opening: October 14, 2011
Brava Theater

Friday, June 3, 2011

Raw and Uncut Performance at Garage

Choreography Showcase June 1st and 2nd @ 8pm at The Garage, San Francisco, CA.

Featuring Joy Prendergast, Evangel King, Bianca Brzezinski,
Cari Delaplane and Whitney Stevenson and Cuauhtémoc Peranda

The Garage's showcase of emerging choreographers returns June 1-2 with a provocative line-up that features some of the Bay Area's hottest new voices in contemporary dance.
raw & uncut choreography showcase

sample of previous performance at The Garage

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


There are four Pillars of the Dance Practice of Mitote:

There are 4 factors:

Decolonization, House of Light, Elders.
Fierceness, embodiment of self&wholeness, Men.
Breath, play/innovation, Children.
Boundless Creation, Divinity, Women.

The Technique of Mitote, the training, as I see it, is Vindiction:

Conviction--with all power, with passion, in strength
Vindication--to prove, to create, to empower
Vindictive--to get back, to fight, to resist

  • Voguing--fierceness, space, pose, poise, lovely luscious self
  • Cunningham--clean movement, anti-exaggeration, abstracted movement, the body's full power/range, mind body exhilaration and challenge.
  • Aztec--traditionalism, mathmatics, logic, prayer, the world, 4 directions, sacred, commmunitas, kinesthesia,
  • Contact Improv--Improvisation, proprioception, kinesthesia, senses, contact, weight, self and group somatics.

House of Light:
  • Decolonization
  • Re-birth
  • Re-Integration
  • Individuality
  • Communitas


Philosophy: Mexica concept of House of Light within Aztlan

House of Light:

Decolonization of the body, Mind and Spirit. It is a process, never ending, but continually improving, creating balance in one’s life with the traditional, contemporary, and the colonized life-experience.