November 2016 - Danzantes Unidos®
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Maestro Spotlight – Cecilio DeCastro

“Intricate and always eager to share his knowledge of dance with his students,” is how his students describe him. Dancing and teaching for the past 40 years, Maestro Cecilio De Castro was first introduced to Folklorico in Michoacan, Mexico in 1977. The richness of Folklorico motivated him to continue its practice. He has performed in Mexico, throughout the United States and in Europe. He began dancing in Los Angeles at the age...

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Maestra Spotlight – Cindy Padilla

Cindy Padilla began her dance career at the age of eighteen with the Ballet Folklórico Aztlan de CSUN dance organization on the CSU Northridge campus. The need to re-charter the resident Northridge group, Ballet Folklórico Aztlan in fall of 1996 after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, was a goal for Cindy and other members who helped reinstate the forty-five year old student and community based dance troupe to what it is today. She received...

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Maestro Spotlight – Samuel G. Betancourt

Maestro Samuel G. Betancourt is the Executive and Artistic Director of Orgullo Mestizo Folk Ballet in Fontana Ca. His dance training extends beyond Folklorico, he has also trained in classical ballet, jazz and modern dance. His dance training in Folklorico has gone as far as dancing with Grandeza Mexicana and also trained with Pacifico Dance Co. Maestro Samuel was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. He began his dance training at a young...

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Maestra Spotlight – Ana Rosa Valle

Maestra Ana Rosa Valle estudio la carrera de Danza en La Universidad de Guadalajara;  Tres Diplomados en Colegio de Jalisco.  Ha sido integrante de: Grupo Folklorico Universidad de Guadalajara Decanos, Bellas Artes. Maestra en Universidades de: Ann Arbor Michigan, Granada España, e Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. En California: jurado en competencias, y cursos a grupos y Maestros en diversas ciudades. At DUF 2017 Jalisco (Adults 18+) Maestra Ana Rosa Valle will cover the following in...

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Maestro Spotlight: Francisco Salinas

Born in the Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, Maestro Salinas Morales was part of all the dance groups at the institutions he attended. After finishing high school, he became part of the Instituto de la Danza Mexicana in Acapulco, Guerrero. There, he became an investigator in the field of Folklorico for nine years until he finished his Bachelor’s in Danza Regional Mexicana, Regional Mexican Dance. To strengthen his passion, he then studied to obtain a...

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Maestra Spotlight – Maria Valdovinos

Maria Valdovinos was born in Los Angeles and raised in Stockton, CA.  She became fascinated with Folklorico dance ever since she saw a local group perform while she was in elementary school. Soon after, she joined the group and has been dancing ever since. Her passion to preserve our culture fuels her motivation to continue to learn about Mexican culture and to share it with a larger audience and in public spaces....

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Maestro Spotlight – Manuel Ramirez

Incurciono en la Danza Folklorica a la edad de los 14 anos, mis conocimientos han sido graduales. En casas de la cultura de Instituciones de Arte, donde atravez de muchos anos sigo aprendiendo el misterio de la Danza que es muy basta y en riquicedora lo cual es una mision de diario, evidentemente sigo preparandome para mejorar mis conocimiento. En la Danza tengo el gusto de seguir disfundiendo la cultura. Cursado en el...

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Maestra Spotlight – Jenny Robles

Jenny Robles was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her love for the performing arts started at an early age, dance  is a form of living and an everyday part of culture in her family. Ms. Robles 16 years of dance experience and specializes in teaching Folklorico dance from the state of Oaxaca to children and adults for the past 6 years.  In 2009,  Jenny Robles joined Esperanza del Valle Dance Company...

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Maestro Spotlight – Oscar Bustos

Oscar Bustos was born in 1995 on the weekend of the Danzantes Unidos Festival to a family of lifelong folkloristas. He has been dancing with Teocalli Cultural Academy for fifteen years, and teaching for the Academy for four years now. As an instructor, he has had an opportunity to teach at Washington Union (Easton) and Kings Cultural Center (Hanford), Sol de Valle (Merced), and Orosi High School (Orosi). He is also the...

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Maestro Spotlight – Rafael Valpuesta

Rafael Valpuesta has served as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Resurrección Mexican Folk since 1998. Mr. Valpuesta’s extensive dance training has allowed him to create a stylized and theatrical interpretation of Mexican folk dance.  Dedicated to teaching the beautiful dances of México to the youth of his community, he shares his knowledge accumulated from more than 30 years of dance and directing experience with renowned teachers and organizations. Mr. Valpuesta began his...

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