Performance Schedule

12:00 PM - Festival Opening

Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, and Phillip Klint, Emmy Emmy Award-winning journalist and anchor/producer for NY1 Noticias, will open the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month as Master of Ceremonies

12:15 PM - Tango

Karina Romero, a professional tango dancer from Argentina is the executive director of New Generation Dance Company in New York City, has studied with the world’s most influential tango instructors and has performed in tango shows and festivals across the world 

12:45 PM - Salay Bolivia USA

A Bolivian dance group that will perform traditional Andean dances 

1:00 PM - Flamenco

 Antonia (Toni) Messina is a professional Flamenco dancer and teacher who has danced in the U.S. and abroad for over 20 years. She currently teaches in Maplewood through the South Orange/Maplewood Adult School.
Sponsored by Morgan Dental 

2:00 PM - Capoeira

The Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey brings you capoeira, an Afro Brazilian martial art that combines dance, music and acrobatics. The cultural center, located in Bloomfield, NJ, is home to many Brazilian arts.

2:30 PM - Tinkus San Simon

A folkloric dance group bringing you indigenous traditions from South America.  

3:00 - iCal folklore dance

iCal from Hackensack brings you the rich, folkloric rhythms and dances from the streets of Colombia.  

3:15 - Official welcome

 Maplewood Mayor Victor De Luca and Vice Mayor Frank McGehee  will address the audience and welcome the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity to continue strengthening our town diversity. 

3:30 - Merengue Contest

Maplewood Mayor Victor De Luca and Vice Mayor Frank McGehee will lead a dance where you can be the “Hola Fest merengue champion.”

4:00 - Tonantzin Coatlicue

Tonantzin Coatlicue is an indigenous-infused dance group that transports you to the jungles of Ecuador and Mexico so you can experience a rich, tribal ritual. 

4:15 - Yenyere Salsa

Professional salsa dancers at Yenyere Dance studio in Union City will be sure to bring the house down. Featured in “America’s got talent,” they take salsa dancing to a whole new level.

4:30 - Mariachis

The crowd will be serenaded by Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, one of the few bilingual mariachi bands in the area. 

Sponsored by Abril Cocina and American Jiu Jitsu of Maplewood 

5:15 - Samba

The festival will close with a spectacular display of samba. Danielle Lima, a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will lead a three-person samba extravaganza sure to rock the house down. 

5:50 - Closing

Announce Raffle winners and close Hola Fest 2018