Son Jarocho Class for ‘Navidad’ Production

Wednesday -
Son Jarocho Class: Opening Class for Navidad!

Join us on zoom as we kick off our 'Navidad'-themed series of dance classes this month! Enjoy an open-level dance class by our professional instructors!


In this class, Julia will give a brief overview of the son jarocho tradition, explaining the role of the zapateado in the music and why this dance is called "the heart of the fandango." She will then go over some basic steps and combinations that will get everyone moving!
Born and raised in Mexico, Julia del Palacio learned the traditional son jarocho zapateado from renowned dancers in Veracruz and Mexico City, and has been performing professionally in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the past fifteen years. She was the co-founder of Radio Jarocho, a project with which she has recorded three albums, the last of which was done in collaboration with master son jarocho artist Zenen Zeferino. Julia has also had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide range of artists, including Arturo O’Farril’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the Irish music ensemble The Green Fields of America, the indie rock band David Wax Museum, and with Latin Grammy-nominated singer Sonia de los Santos, and Latin Grammy winner 1 2 3 Andres. Julia has danced at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub, Celebrate Brooklyn, Pregones Theater, The New Victory Theater, Symphony Space, El Museo del Barrio, the Kennedy Center, SXSW, the Newport Folk Festival, and Flushing Town Hall. Julia regularly teaches classes in zapateado as it is practiced in the fandango, which is the traditional son jarocho celebration from where zapateado was born in Veracruz three centuries ago. She also teaches about the history and structure of son jarocho, having led workshops and lecture demonstrations at Harvard University, Lehman College, Salisbury College, Swarthmore College, among others.