LOS ANGELES — When it comes to her passion for music and dance, Lorena Gomez Maese never misses a step.
The choreographer and designer merges various cultural traditions to create a dance atmosphere that is both enjoyable and educational.
More importantly, Gomez Maese wants the Wilmington community to reap the health benefits of his newly opened facility, The Cultural Arts Studio.
“Music plays a very important role in our mental health,” she said. “And I really want everyone in this community and this neighborhood to have the opportunity and the passion to learn something about the culture and the tradition.”
Gomez Maese teaches folk ballet. She and her team of eight professional teacher-performers hope to welcome more neighbors and community members to the studio to learn more about the programs. One of them includes a ballet she wrote called “The Spanish Swan Ballet”, which her young students performed before the pandemic.
“I think we’re losing culture and tradition in our kids, so I thought it would be great to open a studio again to offer all of these classes,” she said.
Gomez Maese’s Cultural Arts Studio is the only dance studio in all of Wilmington. The spacious center features costumes she has designed for her dancers. She hopes the community will embrace the healthy lifestyle that music and dance can provide now that the pandemic is slowly changing for the better.
“There’s a saying that if you’re happy, you’re healthy,” she said. “And I play and listen to music every day. It inspires me. And that’s what gives me energy.”