Dos y Dos
Dos y Dos is a Spanish and English educational TV and DVD series for children ages two through seven, initially produced in San Diego in 2009.
Each show in the series is recorded in Spanish with several words and phrases spoken in English allowing children to be entertained in Spanish while learning elementary English. Each show features a live Latino cast singing, dancing, entertaining, and educating. In each show, Sofia, Fernando, Adriana, and Andres find five giant puzzle pieces, which when placed in a giant frame, reveal the topic or theme of the show for that day. Some of the themes for the show are shapes, colors, weather, and how to make the fastest paper airplane.
Along the way, "Dos y Dos" intends to teach fundamental core values like sharing, helping, and the importance of teamwork. Each show has music videos performed by the cast in Spanish. Foto Joe speaks English and travels the world taking pictures for children to see. When Foto Joe appears, kids learn from Foto Joe's photos and sing a song in English.
Prior to joining "Dos y Dos", Bayardo was a cast member in "Britannicus" at the Compass Theatre in San Diego. Other recent performance credits include the Spanish production of Besito Pa'Ti at the Center for Mexican Arts, and Midsummer Nights Dream, Othello, Titus Andronicus, and Julius Caesar at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
A Performance Arts graduate from the University of San Diego, Bayardo has been entertaining for six years and is known for his multi-year tenure at The Old Globe in the Shakespeare Festival.
Ritchie Valenzuela plays the role of Fernando. Ritchie joined the cast of Dos y Dos in August 2008, after performing in the cast of "Los Jumpitz". Ritchie adds a strong dance background. An accomplished and award-winning singer, Ritchie has been performing on stage since he was a child.
Recent performance and choreography credits include Footloose, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita and Meet Me in St. Louis in addition to being a part of the Mojalet Dance Collective.
A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Ritchie regularly teaches for the San Diego Civic Dance Arts, the North Park Studio and spends summers teaching dance to children through a dance arts program.
Karla Bautista plays the role of Sofia. Previously a member of the Spanish children's entertainment group, "Los Jumpitz", Karla brings experience entertaining toddlers and preschoolers to Dos y Dos.
A natural talent and magnetic force with children, Karla regularly lends her bilingual voice talents to a variety of kids products, most recently working on a series of educational games for children produced by LeapFrog.
Karla has a teaching degree from San Diego State University with a specialty in Social Sciences. Karla lives in Bonita, California where she teaches in the Sweetwater Union High School District.
Blanca Buelna plays the role of "Adriana". Blanca brings more than 12 years of performance experience in stage and video to the cast of Dos y Dos. Recent credits include Grease, Dracula, and El Tigre y Los Encontrados.
She also performed in the Latin American Youth Conference and was a winner at the Festival De La Cancion Latino Americana. Blanca studies Performance Arts at San Diego State University's Theatre Department.
Joseph Dionisio plays the role of "Foto Joe." Joseph serves a dual role as cast member and Production Manager. On camera he is "Foto Joe", the English-speaking friend of Dos y Dos, and brings the element of English into the Spanish show. Joseph also belongs to the management team of Latin American Multimedia in the capacity of Production Manager.
As an actor, Joseph brings nearly 10 years of experience performing in video and on stage. Joseph was most recently a cast member of "The Jumpitz" children's DVD series. Stage credits include Twelfth Night, Hair, and My Fair Lady.
Dos y Dos has 39 music videos.
In the Fall of 2009, 4Kids International signed a worldwide licensing arrangement with Dos y Dos to handle its product sales. 4Kids International is also responsible for Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Cabbage Patch Kids.
Mexico City-based Rose Entertainment is the international television distributor for Dos y Dos.
As of April 2010, Dos y Dos aired in the U.S. on the Latin American Television Network nationwide every Saturday and Sunday morning.
Latin American Multimedia Corporation
|Headquarters||San Diego, U.S.|
|Area served||Latin America|
|Key people||Joe Lizura 2008–2011
- "Latin America Multimedia Corp.". Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved 2013-07-27. "14810 Old Creek Rd., San Diego, CA 92131"
- "Televix to Distribute Educational Series Dos y Dos". Montevideo, Uruguay: TodoTv Media. Retrieved 2013-07-27. "The 60-member team behind the creation of Dos y Dos includes television executives, educational consultants and theater professionals. Each episode of the series is recorded at the KPBS studios in San Diego, California, and supervised by translators from Colombia, Mexico and Los Angeles."
- Levin, Lara (18 October 2010). "Dos y Dos Makes Its U.S. Cable Television Debut on the ¡Sorpresa! Network". HispanicTips. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- Gina Catanzarite (2010). "Dos y Dos". Parents' Choice Foundation. Retrieved 2013-07-27. "In both look and pace, Dos y Dos is somewhat reminiscent of The Wiggles, but it has a lot of originality in its content. Cast members speak directly to viewers (and we frequently hear cheerful children's voices answering back), teaching basic academic and social skills."