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Raul Gonzalez, Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors

Danzantes Unidos Board Member, Raul Gonzalez was born and raised in Los Angeles CA .  He currently resides in Fresno, California and is a board member for Compania De Danza El Sol and the Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors. You may recognize him as the individual who runs the registration table at Danzantes Unidos Festivals. He is also the instructor for the Compania De Danza El Sol Junior Group. In the past, he...

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Laura Mendoza, Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors Secretary

Laura Mendoza is a Senior Manager of Credentialing and Administrative Compliance at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC). Where she oversees the verification and enrollment process for all healthcare staff at TVHC. Laura has been in the Community Health Industry for 26 years where she has applied her analytical acumen, degree in business administration, and her commitment to community health to support TVHC and its mission to provide accessible, high-quality care. Laura became a parent volunteer for Flor De Mexico,...

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Manny Vizcarra, Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors President

Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors President, Manny Vizcarra, is a health care professional for the county of Los Angeles. He is the director and founder of Tradición Dance Company from Pomona California.He has been a participant in the Danzantes Unidos Festival since his early childhood years and has always looked forward to it year after year. He has gained so much knowledge about Mexican culture and folklorico through the festival, he now...

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Maria Luisa Colmenarez, Danzantes Unidos Festival Director

[caption id="attachment_45915" align="alignright" width="218"] Maria Luisa Colmenarez, Lecturer San Jose State University, California[/caption] [caption id="attachment_45918" align="alignleft" width="235"] Maria Luisa Colmenarez and Rudy Figueroa, Alegría de San José[/caption] For over 45 years, cultural “artivist” Maria Luisa Colmenarez has played a large role in ensuring Mexican folk dance remains accessible to the community while advocating for a larger presence in the performing arts space. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Danzantes Unidos...

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DUF 2021: BAJA CALIFORNIA I

DUF 2021: BAJA CALIFORNIA Instructor: Maria Cerda Cohort I - Grades 3-5 Int/Adv Dance: Tres Con Todo In this class students will be learning a Calabaceado dance from Baja California. Students will learn basic Calabaceado steps and combinations. Please have students wear tennis shoes first for warm-ups. Norte hat is suggested. Lifelong Central Valley resident, Maestra Maria Cerda was born in Hanford, CA, and raised in Kettleman City, CA.  She currently resides in Clovis, CA.  She is...

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Thrive To Survive – DUF 2021 is coming!

Feliz Año Nuevo!  We hope that you have all been sheltering safely with familia and at home.  Sadly, this pandemic will not end anytime soon and DUF days are upon us once again. For Danzantes Unidos, 2021 will be a real test of our ability to survive as an organization.  In order to do so, we must thrive through this pandemic and we hope that you will join us. The good news...

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How to Write Your Artistic Biography by Sabrina Valles

How to Write Your Artistic Biography These seven tips will impress your audience with your accomplishments and endeavors. By Sabrina Valles   Directors and artists are often called upon to submit an artistic biography (or bio) for themselves or their group whenever they participate in large productions, festivals, or projects. If you have never written an artistic bio before, this request may catch you by surprise. COVID-19 truly is the perfect time to draft and refine...

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DUF 2020 Let’s Get DUF’ing!!

Good afternoon DUF’ers it’s DUF Friday!! . . . and between sobs and wails, here we are STILL. We hope that you are all staying safe and at home.  That said--Let the festivities begin!   DUF 2020 Registrants received an update last Tuesday, detailing Danzantes Unidos’ #BeTheLight Campaign.  The purpose of the campaign is to foster a forum for celebration and togetherness throughout this isolation.  If you are a DUF 2020 Registrant and are...

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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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