Tucson Sino Dance

Tucson Sino Dance promotes Chinese culture and heritage via authentic Chinese dancing, while encouraging physical and mental health for participants. They perform specific dances from the 56 minority groups of China, each with their own unique music, costumes, and movements. Over the years, Tucson Sino Dance has become an integral part of celebration activities for … Read more

Mari Kaneta & Suzuyuki-Kai

Mari Kaneta is founder of the Tucson-based Traditional Japanese Dance group Suzuyuki-Kai. She received her degree and professional training in Tokyo and received the dancing name “Suzuyuki” in 1973. Kaneta has performed at multicultural events in Phoenix and Tucson for the past 25 years and internationally in Caracas, Venezuela and Nogales, Mexico. Mari established the … Read more

Tucson Sino Taiji

Tucson Sino Taiji was founded in 2007 and now has 20 regular members. The group’s goal is to improve the health of our members and to promote the awareness of Taiji in Tucson community. They have participated and performed in many cultural events both in Tucson and Phoenix, such as Tucson Meet Yourself, 4th Street … Read more

Tamara Khachatryan

Tamara Khachatryan is an Armenian-born violinist. She is a 2019 recipient of the Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Artist Award.

Odaiko Sonora

Odaiko Sonora is Tucson’s Japanese taiko ensemble drumming group. “Taiko” is the word for drum in Japanese, and the ensemble is known for its high-energy performances. Formed in 2002, the group has been a TMY favorite for 18 years, bringing drumming, song, and folk dance in the taiko tradition to the festival. As one might … Read more

Sound of Thunder of Tucson

The Sound of Thunder was established in 2007 to represent Tucson’s Korean community and its culture through the study and performance of classical Korean dance and drumming. The group has performed in TMY since its inception and has also appeared in Phoenix and Sierra Vista.