Johann Seren Castillo

Our artistic and choreographic director was raised and nurtured in the culture and history of his home in the department of Intibucá.

Profesor Johann Seren Castillo

Professor Johann Seren, our artistic director and choreographer, was born in Concepción, Intibucá, and since his first year, with his mother from Concepción and his father from Jesús de Otoro, he grew up in the Intibucan culture of La Esperanza. He graduation of the Escuela Normal de Occidente where he excelled as dancer in their dance group.

Starting in 2001, he was part of the folkloric dance group Lentercala in which he trained to become an instructor of dance within taht group. Then at the end of 2007 he become instructor of groups such as the Escuela Aplicación Pedro Nufio, El Instituto Departamental de Occidente, la Escuela Normal de Occidente, El Instituto Héctor Cisneros, ye el Centro Básico Honduras, Icelaca, among others. This experience was the reason why Professor Francisco Tosta Velásquez gave him the position of as instructor, in 2009, when they began a new dance project, together with a community group of youth and their parents in conjunction with the Municipality of La Esperanza. A project that today is known as Oro Lenca.

Today, Johann Seren is not only a renowned instructor at the national level but also internationally known, being a collaborator of the Folkloric dance group Raíces Hondureñas in Maryland. He led the first Intibucá cultural group outside of their Central American borders, when Oro Lenca traveled to Washington DC in September 2012. The group went again in September 2013 and September 2014. The tours were conducted in collaboration with the Embassy of Honduras, The President of the Republic, La Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería Honduras (SAG), and the unconditional support of the Raíces Hondureñas group in Maryland and of the parents and families of our dancers.

Volunteer of the Year Award
Profesor Johann Seren Castillo receiving national cultural volunteer award.

In December 2013, Johann Seren received the 2013 award of National Culture Volunteer from the National Ministry of Cuture, Art and Sports and the Spanish Embassy en recognition of his work in restoringg and sharing the traditional folklore of Honduras. The award was presented in a solemn ceremony in the Palacio Presidencial Antiguo.

Costumes of the Villa de Camasca and Guajiniquil
Vestuario de Villa de Camasca y Guajiniquil

Johann is currently finishing a degree in clinical psychology and working for the Casa de Cultura in the municipality of La Esperanza as well as investigating dances and costumes of the department of Intibucá to incorporate them into the archives of the National Office of Folklore. In 2013 he added the Creole Costume of the Village of Guajiniquil, Concepción, Intibucá to the national heritage archives in the Office Of Folklore. He subsequently researched and added the Creole Costume from the village of Villa de Camasca, Concepción, Intibucá. These costumes are now used by various groups in the region as well as being emblematic of Oro Lenca.

During this period, the group toured internationally in Mexico, Chile, and Nicaragua. In the coming years, the group plans to continue sharing our love and pride for Honduran folklore internationally.

we conclude by recognizing honor for who merits honor, Professor Johann Seren a true and authentic Cultural Ambassador of Honduras.