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DANMAR, a journey to our history, by MARU

DANMAR was first opened back in 1999 in Weston Florida and moved to Houston in 2001. DANMAR was created by two talented young sisters, DANiela Urbaez Olivares and MARia Fernanda Urbaez Tapia, who had a tremendous passion for dance and music. Daniela Urbaez Olivares along with her husband Pedro Cesar Olivares passed on in January 1st 2007. Both live on in our hearts and memories and inspire the work of DANMAR to this day.


In order to integrate the community in our mission, we created DAPA, DANMAR Academy of Performing Ars in November 2006 which was approved in August 2007 by the IRS as a Charitable organization 501 (C)(3), mainly to promote, preserve and forge new and greater appreciation of world cultures, through different programs in the area of Houston, Texas and its surroundings.


DANMAR has produced many original new works which have been presented not only in Houston but also in New York, Miami, Baton Rouge and internationally.


For the past 20 years DANMAR has become a well-recognized multicultural dance organization that shines at entertaining and inspiring the community through the art of dance and music; and also, has been the ideal place to foster new friendships among students and student’s parents as well. It has been a training center, not only in dance and music, but in values, where respect, discipline and teamwork are the fundamental mast of our mission.


DANMAR success has relied upon its directors, individual and company contributors as well as many volunteers, and currently is working to define the best ways to integrate its recreational, competition, professional, and educational programs and also to continue producing the acclaimed shows it is known for!


DANMAR Art & Dance Studio and DANMAR Academy of Performing Arts are committed to uphold the legacy and reputation that has been created in the last 20 years, so come and join us in our new endeavor!


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