Mario Casillas

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Deceased
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Mario Casillas from cover of Ornament, Vol 5, No 2

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Mario Casillas and Daniel Guardado Mario Casillas at the 2010 Intersection Reunion

Mario Casillas was a performer with the AMAN Folk Ensemble and the AVAZ International Dance Theatre.

Mario taught at the California Kolo Festival, the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, and at several AMAN Institutes.

Mario died in 2018. In memorium, Bonita Edelberg wrote: "Mario was also open naturally to all cultures, religions, persuasions and what nots. He weighed almost 13 pounds at birth and the doctor wrote a note saying, “this child may go to school tomorrow”. He was also born with a sense of curiosity. AMAN only expanded on that openness and curiosity. He was way ahead of his time with health foods and naturopathic medicine. He believed strongly in his own natural ability to sense things about people, sometimes their physical health and sometimes with premonitions which proved to be accurate. He knew that most people were not convinced of this ability but he did not care. He did what he could. Aside from that, Mario was wise on every day matters and matters of the heart and many of the younger members of his enormous family came to him for advice." He is missed by so many.

Dances Mario taught include Lindjo, Bunjevačko Momačko, Oro Vlaško, Orijent, Rugovo, Šilovačko Oro, U Šest Koraka, and Vrličko Kolo.



Tammies teachers 1973

Tammies teachers, 1973
Anthony Shay & Mario Casillas
in foreground

  Mario Casillas performing the tango

Mario Casillas
performing the tango