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Festival Sin Fronteras NAYARIT 2017

Danzantes Unidos in collaboration with the Fundación Cultural Decanos de la Danza “Jaime Buentello Bazán” present a Fall seminar in music and dance in Tepic, Nayarit from September 20th to 24th. Festival Sin Fronteras NAYARIT 2017 will include movement sessions, folk handicrafts, evening performances, and excursions to neighboring towns of Pantanal, Nayarit, and a day trip to the Island of Mexcaltitan. The focal point of the research will be “Sones y danzas tradicionales de la...

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DUF 2017 Hotel & Lodging Update

SPECIAL UPDATE:  At this late date, all hotels listed on our website will show "FULL".  This may not be the case.  You will need to contact the hotel directly.  Please do not expect the DUF RATE, as the deadline was two weeks ago.  Here are some hotels you can try.  Please call for rates and availability:   RODEWAY INN (559) 431-3557 Armando Torres   UNIVERSITY INN (559) 431-3557 Armando Torres   RAMADA UNIVERSITY (559) 224-4040 Jessie Garcia   PICADILLY AIRPORT...

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DUF 2017 BONUS Master Classes!

Danzantes Unidos de California is pleased to announce that as a special THANK YOU to group directors of registered groups we are offering a bonus Master Class on Friday, April 7, from 11am to 2pm, secret location TBA via text message the night before. Maestro Jose Vences will be teaching a Master Class featuring a small fusion of "Sones" from the State of Morelos that offer a polychromy of rhythms, characteristic of that region....

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Who’s Coming to DUF 2017!

With over 1,500 participants, this will be one of the largest folklorico convenings Danzantes Unidos has seen. We want to give a little shout out to the groups who go the extra mile to celebrate cultura, tradiciones, and their passions with us at DUF 2017!  Late Registration remains open until March 30.  For info, go to www.danzantes.org Bringing the largest group to DUF 2017 with 71 registered dancers, Resurreccion Mexican Folk de Rafael...

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Maestro Spotlight – Eleazar Rodarte

Eleazar Rodarte is originally from Tepic, Nayarit.  At the age of seven he began his studies at the Escuela de Danza del Casa de la Cultura..  He ultimately joined the Grupo de Danza Nayar, first as a dancer and later as an instructor.  Since then, his interest has been to disseminate the beauty of culture through dance. He was fortunate to have as teachers and role models the famous Maestros Angel Andrade and...

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Maestro Spotlight – Cesar Alejandro Orta Aldaba

Maestro Cesar Alejandro Orta began his dance career in the year 1989 under the direction of Maestra Rita Cobos Lugo.   Afterward, he became a member of the Ballet Folklórico Rarajipame directed by Maestro Victor Barriga Gallegos. He is a graduate of the Escuela Superior de Danza Folklorica in Chihuahua, where he studied under Maestro Marcelo Torreblanca.  He is also alumni from the Escuela de la Danza Mexicana in Tepic, Nayarit where he...

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Maestra Spotlight – Irene Hernandez

Irene Hernández has over 35 years of experience as a dancer and instructor. She has taught workshops in Italy, Hawaii, Mexico, Wyoming, Las Vegas and New Mexico. She has studied with over 30 Maestros from Mexico and the USA. She received a Key to The City of Carson, CA and was featured on K-ABC’s TV SHOW, “Vista LA” for all her accomplishments in folklorico. In June 2016 she received: At DUF 2017 Folklorico High: Durango...

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Maestro Spotlight: Oscar Hernandez

  My name is Oscar Hernandez. I was born in Fresno, CA and raised just south of there in the small town of Selma, CA. My parents migrated here from Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and worked the fields of the Central Valley. My folklorico path began my sophomore year in high school when I  joined Los Paisanos de Selma High School under the direction of Vicki Filgas and after high school, where I...

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Maestro Spotlight – Cecilio DeCastro

“Intricate and always eager to share his knowledge of dance with his students,” is how his students describe him. Dancing and teaching for the past 40 years, Maestro Cecilio De Castro was first introduced to Folklorico in Michoacan, Mexico in 1977. The richness of Folklorico motivated him to continue its practice. He has performed in Mexico, throughout the United States and in Europe. He began dancing in Los Angeles at the age...

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Maestra Spotlight – Cindy Padilla

Cindy Padilla began her dance career at the age of eighteen with the Ballet Folklórico Aztlan de CSUN dance organization on the CSU Northridge campus. The need to re-charter the resident Northridge group, Ballet Folklórico Aztlan in fall of 1996 after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, was a goal for Cindy and other members who helped reinstate the forty-five year old student and community based dance troupe to what it is today. She received...

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