yovanna's Bio

yovanna's bio

Yovanna Torres Blanco specialises in Irish traditional dance, Flamenco, and Mexican folk dance. She maintains an active and international career, performing in festivals and diverse productions throughout Ireland, Mexico, and the United States. Originally from Mexico City, Yovanna currently lives in Ireland, where she recently completed her studies on the MA in Irish Traditional Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Yovanna taught Irish dance for many years in Guadalajara, Mexico where she was the founder of the first Irish dance academy in Western Mexico, which was certified by the An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha. She is also the founder of Luna Celta Dance Company, which, among its many activities, was invited by the Irish Embassy to perform at the Municipal Palace of Jalisco for Global Greening 2017, a worldwide initiative by Tourism Ireland. In 2019 she was awarded a grant by the Limerick Arts Council as Co-founder and Co-director of Viva la Vida Festival, the first Latin American festival in the City of Limerick. That same year she received the Stepping Stones Scholarship, the Grant Under the Arts Act fund and a Travel and Train bursary.

Yovanna describes dance as an international language: "Through dance we tell stories, unite people, practice rituals, challenge stereotypes, break archaic social conventions, and even protest against injustice. I am a firm believer in social change through dance, music, and art.”