Dance Genre Lead, Heidi Quenga

 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAs a Chamoru military dependent born in Germany, Heidi made frequent childhood visits to the Marianas. Her parents wanted to ensure Perezville (Tamuning) is where Heidi calls home.

As a graduate of San Francisco State University (SFSU), CA with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management, Heidi was instrumental in establishing the Pacific Islander’s Club, teaching Pacific Island cultural dance workshops on campus and elected to the SFSU Student Center Governing Board and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Heidi, along with her husband Joey, was bestowed the honor of Directors of the Kutturan Chamoru Performers (KCP) in 1998, a Chamoru cultural song, dance and chant volunteered based group founded by her mother-in-law, Regina Quenga in 1993.

As a past California Arts Council, Artist-in-Residence, Heidi continued her efforts in Chamoru cultural preservation and established the Kutturan Chamoru Foundation (KCF) in 2008, a 501c(3) non-profit organization which houses; KCP – Chamoru Song & Dance program, Ta Hita – CHamoru Language program, Mo’na – College/Career Mentoring program, and the Cheyenne Angelica Scholarship all of which are “tuition free” programs offered to the community in Long Beach, CA.

Continuing to spread Chamoru cultural dance, Heidi and Joey mentored students at California State University, Long Beach and Fullerton, as well as Millikan High School Pacific Islander Clubs in Southern California. In 2013, Heidi expanded her efforts and since inception, is the Lead Instructor for Uno Hit Chamoru song & dance program in San Diego, CA in partnership with Director, Sandy Flores-Uslander of Che’lu San Diego.

Heidi has had the honor to apprentice under Glenn Bernardo, past Instructor of KCP, Frank Rabon, Inaugural Master of Chamoru Dance. She is humbled to have had these opportunities and will continue her efforts to ensure future generations preserve and perpetuate the songs, dances and chants of her Micronesian Chamoru heritage.

Heidi Quenga is also the meeting and events coordinator for the FestPac diaspora.

She can be contacted at HQguamdiva@gmail.com or by phone, 562.972.0969.

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