Show your support and help fund the future of the Thomas Dixon Centre.


406 Montague Rd (entrance via Drake Street),
West End QLD 4101

View map —

  • PROGRAM & ARTISTS – la clave

PROGRAM & ARTISTS – la clave

PROGRAM  <text-ampersand>&</text-ampersand> ARTISTS – la clave PROGRAM  <text-ampersand>&</text-ampersand> ARTISTS – la clave




Dance solo – Yasim Coronado Veranes
Eleggua – Afrekete dancer and drumming
Yemaya – Afrekete dancers
Guaganco – May Gualida & Israel Ortiz (Rumba)
Camerata en Guaguanco – Yanela Pinera, Camilo Ramos,
Yasim Coronado Veranes



Guateque Campesino, Son Simple – Nelson Mansilla
Chachacha – Full band
Bolero la Gloria Eeres – Ovidio Orellana with dancers Yanela Pinera and Camilo Ramos
Me Dieron la Clave
Cuarto de Tula – Full band
Lagrimas Negras
Chan Chan
Son de la loma/Como cambian los tiempos
Guantanamera – Full company


Latin American guitarist and vocalist, and BEMAC Producer, NELSON MANSILLA studied classical guitar under the tutelage of Maestro Francisco Delgado at the School of Culture and Artistic Difusion Diego Rivera in Chile.

Nelson’s extensive travel experience, creative flair and various collaborations have led him to explore a wide range of musical influences, adding a distinctive flavour whilst still paying homage to his classical guitar foundations.

KENT WINDRESS has developed extensive experience and expertise in the field of Cuban music over the last 20 years, with a focus on Afro-Cuban percussion. He is recognised as one of the foremost performers of Afro-Cuban percussion traditions in Australia, performing at festivals and shows across Australia. He has a PhD in ethnomusicology focusing on the intersection between sacred Cuban batá drumming and social media.

DAVID ALLEN has been playing music for more than 40 years. His interest in Afro-Cuban percussion took him to study in Santiago de Cuba, where he attended El Conservatorio, Esteban Salas for 4 years in the 1990’s and received a diploma in elemental percussion.David played in many Latin bands eventually going on to found his own band ‘Los Mambises’ that performed extensively in the early 2000’s.

OVIDIO ORELLANA was born in Guatemala in Central America, and from the age of six was taught singing from his father and almost immediately started performing. He studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música de Guatemala and performed throughout Central America in Latin Style Trios, Pop Orchestras, Traditional Guatemalan Marimba Ensembles and a variety of Mariachi Groups.

His contemporaries have described him as one of “The Greatest Latin Music Tenor in Australasia”.

GLENN MINTO has been a music teacher and ensemble director with Education Queensland since 1987. He began performing live in the 1980’s with the iconic Brisbane Ska band The Furious Turtles and has since played a wide variety of genres including jazz, blues, rock, orchestral and Latin styles. More recently he has had the good fortune to perform with Victor Valdes, Jimmy Barnes and Midnight Oil.

He is a founding and current member of The Mad Mariachi.

Gustavo Colmenares is a Colombian bass player who, from an early age, fell in love with the low end. Having played with several orchestras in his motherland, he moved to Australia over 10 years ago. During this time he has actively participated in the development of the Latin music scene in Brisbane. From the Mexican corridos to Vallenatos, from Cuba to the Chilean cuecas, his groovy lines are known for making everyone get up to dance.

Afrekete is a dance ensemble who preserve, foster and educate on the ancient cultural knowledge of Afro-Cuban folklore and spirituality. It promotes authentic Afro-Cuban traditions in Australia via its annual events as well as workshops & performances, uniting Australia’s authentic Cuban dance, music and culture experts. Their name comes from the word for the Ocean Mother energy of the Arara Tradition originally from Dahomey region in present-day Benin, brought across to Cuba by slaves. Like the Ocean Mother, Afrekete advocates for an inclusive community, celebrating cultural diversity and intercultural sharing, and exemplifies healthy ways of living by encouraging interaction with the community, outdoor activity and a deeper connection to nature.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Camilo Ramos began dancing in age 10 at the National Ballet School in Havana. He started dance as a hobby but fell in love with the art form after his first ballet class. In 2007, he joined the National Ballet of Cuba, and was then promoted to Principal Dancer in 2011. Camilo joined Queensland Ballet as a soloist in 2015, and in 2017 was promoted to Principal Artist during the company’s season of Peter Pan.  In 2021 Camilo retired as Principal Artist and in 2022 took the role of Pre-Professional Program Coordinator for the Queensland Ballet Academy.

JAYDEN GROGAN has performed professionally across the globe in productions by Opera Australia, Queensland Ballet, Opera Queensland, State Opera of South Australia, Camerata, and many more. In December 2021, Jayden performed his world premiere one-man show, Jaz & the Big Red Dance Book co-created with Jacqui Carroll for QPAC. For Queensland Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Gala, Jayden was Assistant Rehearsal Director and Stager for Jacqui Carroll’s Carmina Burana Tavern Scene.

Born in Cuba, Yanela Pinera graduated from the National Ballet School in Havana in 2004. She danced with the National Ballet of Cuba for 11 years where she was promoted to
Principal Dancer at the age of 22. She joined Queensland Ballet as a Principal Artist in
2015. She has performed on many of the most important stages around the world, The Coliseum in London, the Bolshoi theatre and Kremlin Theatre in Moscow, Kennedy Center
in Washington, DC, among others. Yanela also has guested as Principal Dancer with
Kremlin Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Gala Les Etoiles and other Dance Festivals and Galas

VINCENTE PEREZ is a musician and producer from Chile. He has worked as guitar, piano and music theory teacher for more than 5 years and has played guitar with several bands covering pop/rock/latin music repertoire as a regular for Dreams Casino in Chile. He also works in music production, mixing and arranging for other musicians.

Yasim Coronado Veranes is one of Cuba’s great dancers, having professionally danced and taught in Cuba and internationally for the last 15 years, he has become well known and respected for his diverse range of dance styles. Specifically known for his Afro Cuban and Folkloric skills mixed artistically with technical ballet and contemporary background. Yasim has spent his career as a professional dancer, choreographer and acrobat in companies such as Ballet Revolution, and Cuba’s national television, Ballet TV. He found his way to Australia and now lives and runs a dance company & studio in Brisbane, creating works and teaching his unique style of dance, technique and culture.

Global Fusion Curator and Choreographer RANI LUTHER’S professional career began with the Kiel Ballet Company Germany in 1995 before moving to dance with world-renowned Netherlands Dance Theatre 2 and Netherlands Dance Theatre 1. In 2003 Rani returned home to dance with The Australian Ballet Company then joined Sydney Dance Company in 2007 and retired from stage as a Principal Dancer with Melbourne Ballet Company in 2011.

Rani’s choreographic creations include two works for NDT Workshop performances 2001/2002, Face the Music for Carriageworks Theatre Sydney 2012, Illuminate for MBC Empyrean season 2016 and Outside In for The Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional season 2017. In 2018 Rani choreographed Lunar for Queensland Ballet’s inaugural season of Synergy and in 2019 Heartstrings for the Australian Ballet Company’s Bodytorque season. In 2020 Rani choreographed From. To. Here for Queensland Ballet’s Bespoke season. In 2019 Rani was appointed Ballet Mistress and Creative Associate for Queensland Ballet and in 2022 Creative Associate.