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About Us

Our Mission

Danzantes Unidos is THE cultural network of Mexican folk dancers and artists. Our organization promotes and supports the Mexican Folk experience through the performing and visual arts, including, but not limited to, the annual three-day festival known as the Danzantes Unidos Festival.

History

The first Danzantes Unidos Festival was held at UCLA in 1979 and organized by Sue Welsh & John Estrada. John Estrada passed the mantle to Elena Robles in 1985 for the move to San Jose. Since then, the festival has been organized in a collaborative spirit.
In 1994, Danzantes Unidos incorporated to fulfill its mission of promoting and supporting the Mexican folk dance community. In 2001, the organization was awarded its federal nonprofit status.

The board of directors consists of representatives whom reside throughout six regions of California: Gold Country, Greater SF Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, Greater LA Basin and San Diego.

Programs

Danzantes Unidos serves the folklorico community with a variety of programs and resources.

Danzantes Unidos Festival

Danzantes Unidos Festival

Directors' Dialogue

Directors' Dialogue

University Folklorico Summit

University Folklorico Summit

Educators' Conference

Educators' Conference

Folklorico on Wheels

Folklorico on Wheels

MusiDanza

MusiDanza

Festival Sin Fronteras

Festival Sin Fronteras

Board of Directors/ Staff

Maria Luisa Colmenarez, Executive Director
[email protected]

Rudy Garcia, Treasurer
[email protected]

Francisca Saludado, Board Member

Andrea Hernandez, Maestro Coordinator
Maestro Coordinator

Richard Delgado, Board Member
Board Member

Raul Gonzalez, Board Member
Board Member

Antonio Sarabia, Festival Artist
Festival Artist

Manny Vizcarra, President
Board Member

Sabrina Valles, Marketing Director
Marketing Director

Amber Valdez, Mercado Coordinator
Mercado Coordinator

Laura Mendoza, Board Member
Board Member

Rebecca Valles, Board Member
Board Member

Collaborations

Danzantes Unidos welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with cultural arts organizations to further promote traditional arts in Mexico and the U.S. If you are interested in collaborating with Danzantes Unidos, email [email protected].