Conozca su Gente-MarCe Zerrate


MarCe, born in Cali Colombia, has been involved in and celebrating the Hispanic Heritage through the arts from her early childhood. She began Folkloric dancing and acting in Cali, Colombia. She continued her artistic career when she moved to the United States in 1999, where she professionally performed at the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC under the direction of Placido Domingo.

Currently, MarCe founded and is the executive director of Amor and heritage Inc. non-profit organization, a Hispanic folkloric dance Company, after school and diversity dance program in Buffalo, NY. Amor and Heritage is a traditional Hispanic/Latino dance company with programs dedicated to the promotion of multiculturalism and diversity, through the use of DANCE! Shows and classes. Amor and Heritages promotes tolerance, education, understanding of other cultures, the importance of self-confidence, sharing kindness and staying healthy through dance, narrative and movement.

MarCe and Amor and Heritage have taught folkloric dances at various schools, universities and non-for-profits to thousands of children and young adults over the past several years and has been able to make a difference to hundreds of kids each year by bringing donations including food and school supplies to the less fortunate in the U.S. and South America, thanks to Amor and Heritage programs and the constant support of our community.

MarCe was named a 40 under 40 Latino Rising Star in New York State and receive certificates of merit from the state in 2013. She was a finalist for Artist of the Year in Western New York in 2014 and received a recognition for contribution to arts and culture in WNY by the Arts Services initiative of WNY in 2013. She recently was featured on a television program produced by WNED and WBFO Buffalo-Toronto as a person “Making a Difference” in the community and inspiring others in 2015. , Additionally, she was recognized as the new do-gooders with Amor and Heritage Inc. by the Buffalo Spree Magazine, received a recognition from the city of Buffalo Common council for preserving culture and heritage for the Hispanic Immigrants and future generations in 2015 and named in 2016, as one of the most successful Entrepreneur Latina Woman in Buffalo, NY by La Voz of WNY a TV show and Magazine, and is the recipient of the Give for Greatnesss grant for the arts to continue of Afterschool programs which benefit kids in the East and West Side of Buffalo, NY.

Amor and Heritage has been a dream come true for MarCe. Asked about the impact of Amor and Heritage on the community, MarCe stated that “running Amor and Heritage has been an amazing experience with great rewards and collaborations. We continue promoting multiculturalism, our traditions, diversity and provide dance classes and shows in our area with family friendly and open to the public events. I could not be more thankful and blessed.”

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