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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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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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WHO’S COMING TO DUF 2020?!

Congratulations! to the over 140 dance companies from all over the United States that will convene for DUF 2020 on April 3, 4 & 5 in 65 tandem workshops that are already near capacity.  Danzantes Unidos thanks all directors, chaperones and parents of dancers that jumped on Early Registration this year. It was truly a new record for this weekend of celebration and sharing.  Please look for your group name and write...

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DUF 2020 Showcase Concerts News & Update

Danzantes Unidos announces the retirement of DUF Showcase Concert Director, Juana Saludado. She has been an active force in Danzantes Unidos since she joined the Board of Directors in 2007. She will remain as an advisor to usher in the next generation. We are grateful to Juana for her many years of service in the organization and we hope that you will join us in wishing her well in all her endeavors....

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DUF 2020 – FAQ 1/10/20

HOW DO I REGISTER MY DANCER/GROUP? There are two parts to getting your dancers into classes. Directors/chaperones REGISTER dancers by entering the group members data. Registered students ENROLL in a class by selecting a class that is OPEN and then proceed through the payment at checkout. If the registration fees will be covered by the group bank account, then one person can register the entire group . . . and it does not have to be...

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NEW CLASS FOR DUF 2020!! ADAPTIVE FOLKLORICO DANCE

NEW CLASS FOR DUF 2020!! ADAPTIVE FOLKLORICO DANCE FOR ALL CAPABILITIES (AGES 13+) INSTRUCTOR: IRENE HERNANDEZ Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2020 announces the creation of the Adaptive Folklorico Dance class for all students across the spectrum of disAbilities to participate within the Folklorico Community.  This class will require ONE Accompanying Caregiver per enrollee to accompany each student and participate in class. Class size will be limited to 16 students and there is a required minimum...

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Maestra Spotlight: Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez at DUF 2020

Danzantes Unidos is delighted to welcome back the renowned Mexican Folklorico dancer and choreographer, Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez to DUF 2020.  Maestra Basanta Hernandez was born in Mexico City, the daughter of Mexican choreographer, Amalia Hernandez, and Argentine writer, Joaquin Basanta Crece.  She began her dance training at the age of five, studying classical ballet under Nellie Happee. At age thirteen, Ms. Basanta Hernandez joined the National Ballet of Mexico under the...

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