Music & Dance Instructor
Wednesdays from (9:30 am - 10:30 am)
Marcos Augusto Napa Ormeño, was born in Lima, Peru, with 22 years of his life as a professional artist, dedicated to the Afro-Peruvian music and dance. Since his childhood, he grew as a dancer in the Ballet Peru Negrito; years later, in 1983, he made his debut as a professional percussionist in Ballet Perú Negro.
Marcos has traveled all over Perú with Peru Negro, in addition, he has participated in international festivals as Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. As a percusionist and first cajonplayer, visited a number of the America’s countries such as: Martinique, Panama and Chile.
After a brilliant career with Ballet Peru Negro, Marcos proceeded to become nothing less than a member of the group of musicians that accompanied the Peruvian leading singer Eva Ayllon with whom he participated in many concerts at national and international level in the USA, Canada and Japan. In the other hand, between 1993 and 1997, he took part in 3 recording and video-taping productions called: “Gracias a la Vida”, “Para Tenerte” and “25 años 25 éxitos”.
By excellence, Marcos Napa is a traditional musician and due to this, he was requested in many occasions to participate in concerts and recording productions, among others, with Peruvian artists such as: Juan Castro Nally, Cecilia Bracamonte, Lucila Campos, Mariela Valencia and Maria del Carmen Dongo.
As a dancer, in the year 1995, he found in Per? the “Ebano Academy” for children and adults; 3 years later, he travel to the United States of America with an only dream; to continue spreading out the rich Afro-Peruvian heritage. That is why, in the city of Miami, he joined the ballet “Asi es mi Peru” as an instructor of Afro-Peruvian dances; later, travel to New Jersey and in 2003 open once more his Ebano Academy in Paterson. Established in the State of New Jersey, he has carried out various and important workshops in towns of the States of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey; the last one of those was in the “Out of Doors” program organized by Lincoln Center on 28 August 2005.
It is important to bring out that Marcos once more was dressed with his native colors to come up on stage with the ballet who saw him born, “Peru Negro” in the presentations that took place the 27 and 28 July 2005 in the Queens Theater of New York.
Marcos Napa is teaching Afro Peruvian Dance at Pachamama Peruvian Arts in Queens,NY, and directing his Afro Peruvian Music and Dance Group: “Caracumbe”.
Tamara Clary Clark
Owner / Artist / Instructor
The Instructor and Owner, Tamara Clary Clark has been in business for over three decades. She is a licensed Art Educator receiving her Teaching Certification from Meredith College, Raleigh, NC. Tamara also received a BFA in Illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. She has continued her education by attending numerous Decorative Finishing Classes, Wood Graining Classes and Cabinet Refinishing Certificates in the US learning several techniques.
Tamara taught Art Education K-12 in Wake County, Mecklenburg County & Charlottesville, VA. She also taught several courses for adults at Wake Technical Community College and in her former Art Studios.
Tamara's Experience in Her Words... " I have walked down several paths along my journey in Art. I have been a teacher, graphic designer for the News & Observer, Dressed Mannequins and Decorated Window Displays for Hudson Belk. I have been Commissioned by numerous clients to Painting Portraits of Animals, Houses & People using pen & ink, oils and acrylics.
Since 1997 I owned my own business as a Decorative Finisher, Muralist & Designer. Residential & Commercial clients hired me to paint designs on ceilings, floors, furniture and walls. The products I used ranged from glazes to plasters to foils. My work has been seen on TV & in magazines: American Biker, Extreme Makeover, Wake Living, The News & Observer & Spectator Magazine to name a few. I am also the resident Artist for the Cheesecake Factory in Charlotte, Durham and Raleigh.
In 1998 I fell into Commercial Interior Design and ended up Designing, Project Managing and Decorating over 52 Dental & Commercial Offices. For the past 10 years my business has focused on Cabinet & Furniture Refinishing & Kitchen & Bath Design. The years have flown by and I have loved ever minute of my journey!"
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