February 2020 - Danzantes Unidos®
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DUF 2020 Spotlight on Maestra Susana Hinojosa

For over 40 years, Susana G. Hinojosa has dedicated her life to studying, performing and teaching Mexican folkloric dance. She began dancing as a young child and by the time she was a teen, became a member of the longest established folklorico dance ensemble, Danza Floricanto USA, directed by her mentor Gema Sandoval.  Floricanto, was the unique opportunity for dance internship and performance.  In 1980, Plaza de La Raza's School of Performing and...

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DUF 2020 Spotlight on Maestra Sara Moguel

Sara Moguel was born in Villaflores, Chiapas and moved to California in 1992. She graduated with a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching in 2011. Sara Moguel has been dancing with Ballet Folklorico Aztlan de CSUN for over 13 years. BFA de CSUN instilled in her the love for Mexican Folklorico dance. She has been teaching folklorico for seven years in Ventura County and is now director of her own group, Ballet...

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DUF 2020 Spotlight on Maestra Rosemarie Olais Pantoja – Folklorico 101

Rosemarie Olais Pantoja: Is a native Fresnoan who first began learning Folklorico through a City of Fresno Parks and Recreation class offered to the public. That class awakened a love for Folklorico that has stayed with her for forty-one years. At the end of that first class, try-outs were held for a local performing children’s group, Marisela's Dancers & Marimba taught by Marisela Saavedra.  Not only was it a performing folklorico group,...

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DUF 2020 Spotlight on Maestro David “Texomazatl” Vargas – Azteca Drum & Dance

David Vargas, also known as Texomazatl (Blue Deer) among traditional Aztec dance circles, founded the original Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance in 1988 in San Jose, CA. Still active today, Texomazatl has led the group as a ceremonial dance group among traditional circles, as well as, a community-based performing arts group. For the past 30 years, Texomazatl has continually studied in the traditional schools (Calmecac) of Aztec dance and music and has taught several new...

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