The MiNAPRESS Column

On with the show. The column resumes.

Posted in arts, dance, events, journalism, music, performing arts, pr, public relations, salsa, sonoma, wine country by MiNA on February 24, 2017

Greetings from the MiNAPRESS news desk…. Since our last post, freelance journalist Mina Rios wrapped up 2016 with the October 26 issue/feature story “Refined Lines” in the Pacific Sun newspaper, commemorating the 10 Year Anniversary of Alonso King LINES Ballet’s BFA Program at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.

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As we embark on 2017, the MiNAPRESS Column will resume with more regularity, as will published articles in print with a variety of media outlets. To that end, if you’re a professional artist/arts organization, a winery, restaurant, or brewery and have a unique story angle, contact Mina Communications for consideration in a feature story or review. Submit your query here.

In other news, Mina Communications proudly announces its partnership with Santa Rosa Salsa – serving as the company’s publicist/advisor. Santa Rosa Salsa is the pulse of Sonoma County – presiding at the helm of what is an actively growing Salsa community. Regular events and classes include:

  • LIVE Salsa at the Flamingo Resort. Monthly – every 2nd Saturday
  • Salsa & Bachata dancing every Sunday at the Flamingo Resort. 21 and older. Salsa dance lesson included.
  • Bachata dancing every Thursday at the Flamingo Resort. 21 and older. Bachata dance lesson included.
  • Salsa Crash Course w/Irene. Teaching the fundamentals of Salsa to get you confidently on the dance floor. A 4-week class series begins at the start of each month.  No partner or experience necessary. Location: 1808-B Empire Industrial Ct., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • Santa Rosa Salsa is also the presenter of the annual Santa Rosa Salsa Festival (projected for October 2017; location TBA) as well as Dancing Under the Stars at Francis Ford Coppola Winery (live musical guests to be announced). Summer 2017 dates include:
    • June 24
    • July 22
    • August 26
    • September 23



Until next time. Live. Dance. And Prosper….

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MinaComm Pressing-on in 2016

Greetings Arts Enthusiasts!

Mina Communications has been keeping very busy since our last posting in July 2015. From article writing to new client generation, the work and results have been both steady and positive. Here’s what you’ve missed and what’s to come….

July 2015  – Pacific Sun – Restaurant Review: “Whip It Good” by Mina Rios











October 2015 – San Diego Reader – Feature: “How Comic-Con Spectators Combat Hotel Wars. The Overnight Game of Woes.” by Mina Rios


December 2015 – Pacific Sun – Cover Story: “Cool Vines” by Mina Rios

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January 2016 – Santa Rosa Salsa client PR efforts for the 6th Annual Santa Rosa Salsa Festival
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February 2016 – Flamingo Resort client PR efforts for the 25th Annual Santa Rosa Tattoo & Blues Festival

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  • “About the Music” Screenplay by Mina Rios completed. More details to come…
  • Mina Communications and New York City based Duvall Productions will be collaborating on various creative projects beginning in mid 2016. More details to come.

Thanks for your readership. As always – Live. Dance. And prosper.

DANCE IN CINEMA. MiNA Recommends: “First Position” (Part II)

Posted in arts, ballet, cinema, dance, film, reviews by MiNA on July 3, 2015
Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Continuing our two-part review of director Bess Kargman’s extraordinary 2011 documentary feature First Position about youth ballet competition, we resume with coverage of Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) competitors Michaela de Prince and Aran Bell; and introduce dancers Rebecca Houseknecht, brother and sister Jules and Miko Fogarty, and Joan Sebastian Zamora.

Following Michaela de Prince’s costume mishap/dilemma (in Part I) de Prince sparkles on stage during the 2010 YAGP semifinals, giving a powerful performance that advancers her to the NYC finals. Immensely proud, her Dad states, “Tonight’s performance was perfect. She was in total control.”

Michaela de Prince pictured. Photo by Yaniv Schulman. Provided courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Michaela de Prince pictured. Photo by Yaniv Schulman. Provided courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Only three days before the NYC finals, de Prince develops swollen tendons. Torn over whether to compete or not, de Prince decides to press forward. Nursing her injury until the very last moment, de Prince shares, “My teachers know that even when I’m sick or injured, I won’t stop.”

Injured and all de Prince delivers yet another flawless performance. After the fact however, she admits, “I was in so much pain afterward.”

Photo of Aran Bell with friend Gaya. Courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Photo of Aran Bell with friend Gaya. Courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Once 11 year old Aran Bell arrives to the YAGP European semifinals in Sicily, he is pleasantly greeted by his enchanting young friend (and competitor) Gaya from Israel. Passionate and full of life, together these young dancers bring an adoring quality to the screen that’s as compelling and irresistible to watch as their dancing. Tremendous performers — are these two dancers, both of whom deservedly receive standing ovations; securing their spots in the NYC finals.

For 17 year old Rebecca Houseknecht of Odenton, Maryland dancing professionally is more than a pipe dream. She shares, “I started dancing just for fun, but now it’s much more than that.”

Photo of Rebecca Housenecht. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Photo of Rebecca Housenecht. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

In her final year of high school, Houseknecht admirably juggles ballet with academics and an active social life — all while coping with lingering pressures at home.

Despite fears over an uncertain future (post high school), during a discussion with her parents, Houseknecht puts on a convincing face to assure them they will get a return on their investment in her ballet training.

Once YAGP semifinals are underway, Houseknecht makes some first-hand observations. “People size you up as soon as you get there, especially in the dressing room,” she says.

During Houseknecht’s performance, nerves get the better of her, resulting in a near complete loss of focus. Afterward, Houseknecht admits with a smile, “it was horrible.” Then adds, “No one sees the hard work you put into it.”

As dance mentor Michelle Lees consoles her pupil, Lees recalls, “She was absolutely prepared for this competition.”

Fortunately for Houseknecht, YAGP judges see past her flawed performance and recognize what potential she has; ultimately letting her advance to the final round in New York.

Proud of her student, Lees assures, “She will do much better in the New York finals. ”

Miko Fogarty pictured. Photo by Nick Higgins. Provided courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Miko Fogarty pictured. Photo by Nick Higgins. Provided courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Photo of Jules Fogarty with mother. Courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

From the Bay Area, we are introduced to brother and sister Jules (10) and Miko Fogarty (12). Adamant about the proper balance between ballet training and childhood, Miko states, “Those that say I’ve missed out on childhood, I think I’ve
had the right amount of childhood and the right amount of ballet.”

Encouraging Miko’s dedication to her art is her ballet teacher Viktor Kabaniaev, teacher/choreographer with Diablo Ballet. So that Miko can devote “more hours to ballet,”  Kabaniaev recommends homeschooling to her parents. With parents in full agreement, the family also decides to move to Walnut Creek, where she can be closer to the Diablo Ballet studios.

“Miko is exceptional student,” says Kabaniaev in a heavy Russian accent. Yet with Miko’s brother Jules (J.J.), Kabaniaev says with less confidence, “I don’t see that Jules is the same case.”

While favoritism toward Miko are clear case points, Kabaniaev does little to help instill confidence in his other impressionable pupil Jules. Instead, Jules demonstrates how painfully self conscious he is around other peers by confessing, “I don’t tell any of my friends that I do ballet because at my old school, I told them and then everyone started teasing me.”

In a later conversation between brother and sister about food, Jules jokingly calls Miko anorexic. Dismissing her brother’s accusation, Miko says, “I love food,” yet with some insecurity she adds, “There’s people who say I’m too skinny and I should start fattening up, but you have to be skinny to do ballet.”

During semifinals, Miko takes a fall and her mother blames herself for rushing her daughter. After Miko is given a second chance to perform, she sways both audience and judges and advances to the NYC finals; as does her brother Jules.

In time, Jules’s mother finally asks her son whether he truly enjoys ballet. To her disappointment, she discovers he does not share his sister’s passion. An understandably difficult conversation between mother and son, yet one that’s far past due.

Joan Sebastian Zamora pictured. Provided courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Joan Sebastian Zamora pictured. Provided courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Originally from Colombia, 16 year old Joan Sebastian Zamora, of Queens, New York, is an ambitious ballet student of mentor Flavio Salazar, whose hope is to one day join the Royal Ballet.

Inspired by his mother, a former ballet dancer, Zamora states in broken English, “My dream is being a professional ballet dancer.” He then adds, “So many dancers would like to have a career but very very few succeed. Ballet is very, very expensive.”

While Zamora speaks long distance over the phone with his father, he is reminded of certain harsh realities back home. “There’s nothing for you to do here in Columbia,” says his father, referring to the widespread poverty and work shortage.

As a teenager under the obligation of having to help support his family back home, the amount of pressure is inconceivable. Despite this, Zamora admirably demonstrates his maturity and commitment by doing what’s in the best interest of his family.

Focused on what he must accomplish at the YAGP semifinals, Zamora puts on a flawless performance; making his family and mentor proud, Zamora advances to the NYC finals.

Following the semifinals, Zamora returns home to Cali, Columbia. As we are introduced to Zamora’s mother, we learn that ballet is an unusual pursuit for most boys, yet his mom insists that ballet was a means of keeping her son off the streets.

Joan Sebastian Zamora at home in Columbia. Provided courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Joan Sebastian Zamora at home in Columbia. Provided courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Now a role model himself, Zamora is honored to serve as his younger brother’s inspiration to dance one day.

Easing his little brother into ballet, Zamora teaches him first position; one of the film’s most endearing scenes, when Zamora leads his brother into plié, in turn out.

During YAGP finals at the New York City Center judgment looms. While some dancers from around the globe give spectacular performances, others shed tears and endure inevitable disappointments.

To get a sense for what some judges are looking for during the competition, one judge states, “We’re looking for that hunger and need to dance; talent that will be exceptional 10 years from now.”

Once the final results are in, competitors (by division) are asked to take the stage.

From the 9-11 year old division, Aran Bell receives highest honor with Best Overall while his friend Gaya receives a Bronze Medal in the Women’s category.

From the Women’s 12-14 year old division, Miko Fogarty receives a Bronze Medal, while Michaela de Prince receives a scholarship to the ABT/Onassis School.

Though Rebecca Houseknecht does not place in the competition or receive a scholarship, two months following YAGP finals however Houseknecht is offered a position with the Washington Ballet.

As for Joan Sebastian Zamora, he is the proud recipient of a Royal Ballet scholarship and becomes the first Colombian student to attend the Royal Ballet school. Relishing his accomplishment he says, “This is my dream. My life’s gonna change.”

Inspiring and thought provoking on so many levels, “First Position” stands tiers above the bar —in the dance film genre. If you’re a dancer or a parent of an aspiring dancer, this is essential viewing. Even if you’re not a dancer — prepare to be both entertained and enlightened.

Courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Courtesy of Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Until next time – Live. Dance. And Prosper.

DANCE IN CINEMA. MiNA Recommends: “First Position” (Part I)

Posted in ballet, dance, film, journalism, performing arts, reviews by MiNA on May 9, 2015
Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Among the most notable independent dance films of recent years – was a film so well-received during its premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, the award-winning documentary continued its surge across the globe well into 2013.

Director/former dancer Bess Kargman calls her debut feature film “First Position” a work she – “always wished had existed.” Shot in North and South America, Europe, and Asia – the 95 minute feature provides an inside look at youth dance competition – touching on some of the ballet world’s most sensitive topics including: peer pressure, injuries, eating-habits, and stereotypes.

Six contestants are documented – three male and three female, as they prepare for the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition – the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) from 2010. Immensely competitive, the annual competition enables supremely talented youth age 9 – 19 an accessible means to entering the profession. Few advance to the end to reap the extraordinary benefits, which in some cases include contracts with professional dance companies.

Aran Bell pictured. Photo by Nick Higgins. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Aran Bell pictured. Photo by Nick Higgins. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

First introduced is 11 year-old Aran Bell from the US, living in Naples, Italy with his parents – where his father is stationed in the military. Dancing since the age of 4, Bell explains his adoration for ballet, then casually demonstrates the proper use of a foot stretcher; a torturous looking device which Bell innocently admits “hurts a lot.”

Voicing a common concern of parents, Bell’s mother confides: “Kids who are pursuing ballet as a career give up a lot of their childhood” – a position where mother and son differ, but has not interfered with the youth’s long-term goals; this is evident through Bell’s parents’ willingness to commute two hours from Naples to Rome, to ensure their son receives the best training available.

Aran Bell with mentor Denys Ganio. Photo by Nick Higgins. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Aran Bell with mentor Denys Ganio. Photo by Nick Higgins. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

In Rome, we are introduced to Bell’s ballet teacher Denys Ganio. Bell describes Ganio as “Strict, but not mean strict, he’s nice strict – and funny;” a deeply moving scene as we observe the mutual fondness and respect shared between mentor and protégé.

Michaela de Prince pictured. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

Michaela de Prince pictured. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

In the compelling story of 14 year old Michaela de Prince of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we learn that the normal life she currently leads, might never have been, had she not been rescued by her adopted parents. Orphaned as a child amidst South Africa’s civil unrest, de Prince’s birth parents were horrifically shot down by rebels during her early youth.

In studying ballet at the Philadelphia Rock School, the art form has served as an invaluable means of expression for de Prince. Under Stephanie and Bo Spassoff’s tutelage, de Prince has found strength and determination through her art. Making certain she always remembers her roots, de Prince vows to play a key role in helping to abolish racial discrimination in the ballet world.

Michaela de Prince pictured. Bess Kargman, First Position Films, LLC.

With the competition fast approaching, all seemed in order until de Prince’s mom discovered a problem with her daughter’s costume. Concerned that the light nude colored bodice beneath her daughter’s corset might be too glaring against Michaela’s dark skin, she feared judges might get distracted. “They only come in flesh color – for white people,” said Mrs. de Prince. Instead of leaving matters to chance, Mrs. de Prince remedied the situation by removing the bodice from the corset, dying it a darker color, then reattaching it.

While Mrs. de Prince dealt with the issue with her daughter’s bodice as best she could, the subject she brings up about nude colored dance undergarments not being made for dancers with dark skin merits further discussion. For this reason, our focus will now shift to the topic at hand; while the review will resume in Part II.

In response to the question as to whether dance undergarments are made for dancers of all skin colors – the surprising answer in these modern times is – yes and no. Research shows that a few product lines offer some dark skin color undergarment options, however variety is still limited. One must still scour the internet to locate these costly hard to find products.

Considering we’re talking about product demand from such a sizeable demographic, where the potential for capital gain is substantial, why such a basic product isn’t already available through most major dance apparel manufacturers is a good relevant question for today.

Ultimately someone will catch-on and make a fortune. It’s just a matter of whom and when. If that investor happens to be you on account of this column, you’re welcome; just don’t forget where you got the idea. I’ll be awaiting your reply.

Stay tuned… Part II of this review will feature dancers: Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty, and Jules Fogarty.

Until next time – Live. Dance. And Prosper.

Kitchen Choreography

Posted in arts, ballet, careers, Chef, culinary, dance, florida, miami, new york, tv by MiNA on December 18, 2014

1-photo-001Truth be told that a dancer’s creative appetite sustains an everlasting pirouette motion; hence the reason why a continuum in artistic practices during one’s post dance career, remains all the more important for mind, body, and soul to thrive.

Little known fact, but there’s a particularly sweet second career path in which former dancers can mindfully indulge their inner artist with the forbidden fruit of yesteryear while savoring delicious long-term benefits. Perhaps one of the best-suited post-dance career trades around, kitchen choreography — or rather — the culinary arts have a bountiful many parallels to dance.

While teaching dance and choreography are traditional À la Seconde career outlets for many former pros, alternatives to the norm will forever reign in demand. The proof is in the existing numbers of dancers who have long surpassed their culinary taste tests and blossomed into some of today’s most esteemed chefs.

Dancers intrigued by this revelation need not worry about culinary proficiency upon entering the trade. As long as there’s a clear commitment and earnest desire to learn, aspiration can transform reality.

Whether an aspiring chef de cuisine (executive chef) or pâtissier (pastry chef), it’s the swift and the disciplined who make it into the kitchen spotlight, exercising their supreme creative potential.

Photo by Simon Hare

Chef Michelle Bernstein. Photo by Simon Hare.

The kitchen — though a vastly different stage setting – similar binding ingredients (to dance) impact culinary performance; ‘tis the amalgam of talent, coordination, and choreographic innovation (in cuisine) which yield the coveted enthusiastic audience reaction.

Dancers turned chefs with the natural ability to create flavors that dance, are more of a rare breed however, as they represent the extraordinary — those twice graced with the gifts of supreme dance and culinary talent.

One such chef-extraordinaire whose mastery in both art forms has earned her place in the limelight is renowned Chef Michelle Bernstein of Miami, FL. A familiar face indeed — chef is also a former dancer with New York City’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Quite the impressive resume, Chef Bernstein’s culinary undertaking began with the study of cuisine at Northern Miami’s Johnson & Wales University. In developing her own cooking style, Chef Bernstein established her own definitive form of kitchen choreography rooted in chef’s Argentinian and Jewish heritage. While Latin flavors drive her cuisine, an occasional twist on Jewish delicacies and Moroccan inspired dishes get mingled-in now and again.

Well-recognized throughout the culinary world, career highlights include the opening of chef’s acclaimed restaurant Michy’s Miami; followed by her winning of the 2008 James Beard Award, and publication of her cookbook “Cuisine a Latina” in the same year. Chef Bernstein has also appeared on such programs as Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters,” and Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” where she defeated the acclaimed Bobby Flay in cooking battle.

Specially chosen for readers — for their tasting pleasures, Chef Bernstein has selected a recipe comprised of healthy seasonal ingredients, with one worthwhile splurge of fromage (cheese) for protein. Bon appetite…

A Recipe in Kitchen Choreography: Roast Root Vegetable Salad (serves 4)

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Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Root Vegetable Salad


12 asparagus

1 butternut or acorn squash, peeled and cut into 2 inch long, ½ inch wide pieces

2 cups small cauliflower florets

8 radishes

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped

1 cup grated manchego cheese (protein and calcium rich)

salt and black pepper


3 tablespoons extra virgin oil (countless health benefits)

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 400F. Toss the veggies with the oil, rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Roast the vegetables for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Cut the asparagus in half, radishes in quarters. Toss with vinaigrette and mix-in the cheese.

More recipes from Chef Michelle Bernstein and her culinary team:

Moroccan-Chickpea-Soup – published by

Tajine of Seafood Chermoula – from a collection of recipes for the James Beard Foundation


Posted in arts, dance, events, music, news, performances, publicity by MiNA on May 19, 2014

Wilcommen. Bienvenue. And Welcome….. Duvall Productions proudly announces — Soul of a Blue Butterfly is now casting for the roles of “Production Contributors.” Come partake in the launch of an artists dream by playing the role you were destined for. Semi-controversial in context — this important theatrical dance production is a rare quality piece which cries-out for your funding assistance; enabling this modest stage production to metamorphose into the international theater sensation it’s predestined to become. Earn a place with your name in the performance program with a contribution of $25 or more and make a visionary’s life work become realized.

Representing what a true crowd-funding effort is supposed to be — supporting independent artists with limited financial means — your participation via Indiegogo is respectfully requested.

Photo of dancer Jennifer Chicheportiche provided courtesy of Duvall Productions


ABOUT Soul of a Blue Butterfly….

The true story of a young Swedish woman en route to Jerusalem to discover her roots, finds unexpected love. Upon being asked to marry, the Synagogue Rabbi declares Lavana (the story’s heroine) not Jewish enough for an Orthodox wedding. As despair ensues, the struggle of a lifetime begins.

Set in the 1940s, this tragicomedy – elevated by an original music scoreperformed live by Swedish composer Elin Palmer; a lighthearted Charlie Chaplin mime motif; and breathtaking aerial theatrics by former Cirque du Soleil artist Sara Joel, is a rare theatrical feast for the senses for all generations.


  • To compensate our artists for their hard work and commitment
  • To generate positive/effective media coverage
  • To generate strong patronage for three performance dates
  • To establish our brand and continue building a national and international presence

NEEDS: $5,000 USD

  • STAGING/TECHNICAL: Lighting, sound, stage management, photography/filmography, venue space, rehearsal space, costumes, sets, and props
  • CAST/CREW: actors/directors/musician(s)/admin salaries; transportation; lodging
  • COLLATERAL/PROMOTION RELATED: programs, flyers, website maintenance, advertising/publicity

CONTRIBUTOR PERKS In addition to having your name featured in the performance program, your contribution of the below listed amounts include:

  •  $25 USD – Contributors receive an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  •  $50 USD – Contributors receive a CD of the soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample: and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  • $100 USD – Contributors receive a tee-shirt, a CD of the  soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample, and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster
  • $1000 USD – Contributors get to meet the cast and receive a tee-shirt, a CD of the  soundtrack (original score by Elin Palmer/music sample, and an autographed Soul of a Blue Butterfly poster

Support the Blue Butterflies of the World via


Thespis Theater Festival / Cabrini Repertory Theater / Washington Heights

701 Fort Washington Avenue / New York, NY 10040

JUNE 17th at 8:45pm / JUNE 20th at 9pm / JUNE 22ndat 2pm

Tickets $20 + minimal fee (no discounts) /



Posted in arts, dance, performances by MiNA on January 7, 2011

“The future of live classical music” returns to Anthology on Sunday, January 16. The Luscious ensemble featuring members of the San Diego Symphony will commemorate Twenty Eleven with….

…live dance to the music of Bach
…live music by Vivaldi, Ravel, and Messiaen
…and Rachmaninov’s “Vocalise” performed by soprano Diane Alexander

… also featuring a film excerpt from “Wings of Desire” and footage of baritone Albert Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 7:30pm
All ages welcome. Space is limited.

Anthology · 1337 India Street · San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets $10 – $20 · Call 619.595.0300


Posted in Uncategorized by MiNA on August 29, 2009

In an effort to promote public interest in dance performance in the city of San Diego, Mina Communications will be producing an ongoing series of dance films with live dance pre-shows. To make these events possible, financial support from sponsors is necessary. Anyone who is interested in helping to generate sponsors will receive a commission for their efforts.

Sponsors who support this campaign will receive ample media exposure through PR and the Advocacy Advertising campaign that will be produced to promote the events and professional dance performance in San Diego. To learn more visit:


Posted in advocacy, arts, dance, Uncategorized by MiNA on May 4, 2009


Mina Communications is proud to announce San Diego’s 2009 Dance Awareness Campaign/Initiative.

The effort was established in August 2008 to help create more dialog in the San Diego Dance Community, educate the public about the various challenges that exist in the local dance community, and help stimulate year-round dance performance patronage.r

A primary goal of the Campaign/Initiative is to generate enough sponsors to:
• Support the cost of print materials for the dance awareness initiative; i.e. posters, flyers, etc.
• Cover the overhead production cost to produce dance-related public events in August 2009 and beyond
• Finance the Advertising campaign to promote these events

Play a part in the 2009 Dance Awareness Campaign/Initiative
• Become an Advisory Board Member.

• Share your ideas.

• Volunteer. Help create, coordinate, promote, and/or host dance events.

• Help generate sponsors. Earn a commission for your efforts.

Questions/Comments contact Jasmine Rios at

To learn more about Mina Communications, visit

To learn more about Dance Awareness, visit


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