Choreographer Luis Valverde is also a musician, dancer and researcher of Andean Art. Member of a family of artists, he began his career in Lima in 1991. He has been Director of the Conjunto de Zampoñas de San Marcos in Lima and also member of Asociacion Brisas del Titicaca, the Center for Peruvian Music Reasearch (CIDEMP) and the Center of Folkore of San Marcos University (CUF). In 2000 he moved to San Francisco and began an intense activity performing with renown Bay Area Artists such as Eddy Navia, Nayo Ulloa, Lalo Izquierdo, Pampa Cortes, Chaskinakuy, etc. Founder of the Peruvian Dance Company, he danced and choreographed for the SF Ethnic Dance Festival, its program People Like Me, and was one of the 11 Bay Area artists selected for the Regional Dance Development Initiative (Dance Lab) part of the NEFA’s National Dance Project. He served as panelist for the 2006 Dance/USA National Round Table in Portland, OR and performed at the American College Dance Festival at SFSU (2007), Valverde has also directed the “Colectivo Anqari” and won 1st and 2nd place of Carnaval San Francisco for the past three years. Member of the International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO), he has published folkloric research works in different media and paper outlets over the years and currently works as Artistic Director of Asociacion Cultural Kanchis and of his own “Valverde Dance Company”.