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.