About Cuauhtemoc

Cuauhtémoc Peranda, Artist-Scholar-Warrior, Choreographer & Dancer.

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Cuauhtémoc Peranda, MFA (Xicano/Aztec and Mescalero Apache) is a choreographer, dancer and teaching artist from Santa Cruz, California. 

His dance training primarily comes from Tezcatlipoca under David Vargas, Tlaloc-Chalchihuitlicue by Elizabeth and Elena Barron, as well as Stanford University and Mills College. 

His work has been presented around the Bay Area, and he has traveled through the United States, and to Canada and Mexico as a performer. 

Since the age of 15, Cuauhtémoc has taught traditional Aztec dance to his communities and now continues to teach Aztec dance and give lessons in voguing, and contemporary dances. 

He has studied with, and performed in contemporary works, by Ralph Lemon, Rulan Tangen, Ann Carlson, Jane Comfort, Robert Moses, Diane Frank, Aleta Hayes, Parijat Desai, Susie Cashion, Tony Kramer, Sonya Delwaide, Molissa Fenley, Jerome Bel, Sheldon Smith, and Shnichi Iova-Koga. 

He has graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and was the 2010 recipient of the Sherifa Omade Edoga Prize for Work Addressing Social Issues. He holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College, where he was awarded the E.L. Wiegand Foundation Award for Dance Departmental Excellence upon graduation. 

Cuauhtémoc current artistic interest is the examination of modern dance’s Decolonial relationship to the “Native American Indian”, Queer & Quare Fierceness, and multi-media collaboration. He is the Founding Artistic Director of art company: Mitote Choreographics, and he performs regularly as a freelance dancer. 


Race, Gender, Decolonization, the Body, Flesh, History, Ancestral Memory, Metaphor, Sex, Poetry, Desire, Fractals, Subcultures, Club-Cultures, Anarchy and Love.