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Maestra Spotlight: Mayra Selene Ornelas

Mayra Selene Ornelas has been teaching for nearly twenty years. Her passion for Mexican folk dance started at a very young age when she lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she developed her foundations as a folklorico dancer. Selene, as all of her students know her, has been a member of folklorico groups companies Folklorico Mi Tierra & Danza Teocatl. She currently directs her own company, Grupo Folklorico No Te Rajes Jalisco, based in...

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Maestro Spotlight: Irvind Garcia & Melissa Somoza

Danzantes Unidos is blessed to be working with the dynamic duo of Irvind Garcia & Melissa Somoza. Irvind Garcia was born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA. He has been dancing Folklorico for eleven years and has been teaching Folklorico to children for four years. Irvind danced under the direction of Benjamin Hernandez, whom Irvind considers a mentor and a form of inspiration for the work he does. Being first-generation in...

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Maestra Spotlight: Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez

Danzantes Unidos is delighted to welcome back the renowned Mexican Folklorico dancer and choreographer, Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez to DUF 2017.  Maestra Basanta Hernandez was born in Mexico City, the daughter of Mexican choreographer, Amalia Hernandez, and Argentine writer, Joaquin Basanta Crece.  She began her dance training at the age of five, studying classical ballet under Nellie Happee. At age thirteen, Ms. Basanta Hernandez joined the National Ballet of Mexico under the...

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Maestro Spotlight: Alejandro Rey

Alejandro Rey, a.k.a. “The Biggest Mexican” is the 6-time Los Angeles Area Bachata Dance Champion. He is the Director of Paso De Oro Dance Company Latin Dance division. Alejandro has headlined as a performer and choreographer of the top Latin Dance Festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, China, Mexico, Canada and Brazil. He has performed live in concert with Bachata recording artists such as Toby Love, Xtreme, Carlos y Alejandra, Andy Andy,...

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Maestro Spotlight – Gabriel Avila

[caption id="attachment_24118" align="alignleft" width="283"] Maestro Gabriel Avila at DUF 2015[/caption] A Native of Mexico, Maestro Gabriel Avila has been dancing since the age of ten.  Mr. Avila has been educated in many disciplines of Dance & Movement, including African, Ballet, Flamenco, Folklorico, Modern, Jazz and Movement for Musicals. He attended Hollywood High for the Performing Arts, and has a degree in Art History. Mr. Avila is a former principal dancer with Pacifico Dance...

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Maestra Spotlight: Blanca Soto

Maestra Blanca Araceli Soto is a veteran and accomplished actress, choreographer, director, producer and dancer. Her passion for the performing arts led her to study theater and dance at the University of Guadalajara, in her home-town.  As a dancer, she has 40 years of experience working with international dance companies such as: Ballet Folklorico del Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, Floricanto U.S.A., Los Angeles Mexican Dance Company,...

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