Johann Seren Castillo

Profesor Johann Seren Castillo

Our artistic director and choreographer Professor Johann Seren was born in Concepción, Intibucá. Since his first year, with a mother from Concepción and a father Jesús de Otoro, Johann grew up in the Intibucanan culture of La Esperanza. He graduated from the Escuela Normal de Occidente where he concentrated his studies on the traditional folk dance and lore of Honduras.

 

Starting in 2001 he took part as instructore in the folk group Lentercala and in projection groups within the ranks of Lentercala group until ]the end of 2007. Aftewards he became instructed dancers in groups including the Escuela aplicación Pedro Nufio, the Instituto Departamental de Occidente, the Escuela Normal de Occidente, the Instituto Héctor Cisneros, and the Centro Básico Honduras, Icelaca, among others. This experience was the reason why Professor Francisco Tosta Velasquez past the baton of instructor, when in 2008 they took on a project with a group of friends, dancers and parents of dancers, together with the Municipality of La Esperanza, which is now known as the Ballet Folklórico Oro Lenca.

 

Today, Johann Seren is a recognized instructor not only at national level but also at international level after partnering with the folk dance group Grupo Folklórico Raíces Hondureñas, in the state of Maryland. He took Oro Lenca as the first cultural group to travel outside of the borders of Central America to Washington DC in . The group went on tour to the United States for a second time in . The tours were conducted in collaboration with the Embassy of Honduras, the President of the Republic, SAG, and with the unconditional support of Raíces Hondureñas.

 

Professor Seren has received major awards at notable festivals such as The Great Pereke in San Pedro Sula and YUMKAX in La Ceiba, among others. Professor Seren presides over the organizing committee of the folk festival El Grande de Grandes that is becoming a tradition in La Esperanza.Through an executive decree that declared our city Capital of Criollo Folklore in Honduras. Our instruction is becoming known nationally with support and recognition from educational institutions, the department of Intibucá and national instutions and as a jury of folklore events.

 

In December 2013, Johann Seren was awarded the 2013 National Cultural Volunteer Award by the Honduran Ministry of Culture, Art, and Sport and the Spanish Embassy in recognition for his work in restoring and sharing folklore traditions of Honduras.

 

Profesor Johann Seren Castillo receiving national cultural volunteer award
The 2013 Honduran Cultural Volunteer Award in recognition of work in Honduran folklore

 

Johann Seren currently working on research and compilation of dances and costumes of Intibucá for incorporation into the office of the national folklore. He recently incorporated the Creole costume from the village of Guajiniquil Conception, as part of the international recognition for our beloved Oro Lenca. In 2014 we also plan to continue sharing our love and pride for Honduran folklore internationally with tours in Europe and the United States.

 

Professor Johann Seren is recognized as a ambassador of our folklore and an authentic Cultural Volunteer.