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Maestro Spotlight: Rafael Valpuesta

Maestro Rafael Valpuesta has served as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Resurrección Mexican Folk since 1998. Maestro Valpuesta’s extensive dance training has allowed him to create a stylized and theatrical interpretation of Mexican folk dance. With over 30 years of dance experience and directing, experience dancing with renowned teachers and organizations, Valpuesta is dedicated to teaching the dances of Mexico to the youth of his community. Mr. Valpuesta began his dance...

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Maestro Spotlight: Miguel Ponce

Maestro Miguel Ponce began his career as a Folklorico dancer in junior high school in the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico under the direction of Maestro Jesus Trevino Gallegos. He continued to dance in Grupo Folklorico Mextli in the City of Nuevo Laredo.  As a Folklorico maestro, he began his studies in the Academia de Danza Mizoc in the city of Mexico under the director Tizo Fuentes Yaco and the Maestra Mimi....

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Maestro Spotlight: Christopher Sandoval

For the past two years, Christopher Sandoval has invested himself into the South Texas public school system as an educator and Founder and Co-Director of Alvarez Elementary Folklorico Dance Academy in McAllen, TX.  In this role, he has continued to invoke innovation and imagination within traditional parameters to engage his students, staff, and audience; not just to preserve and promote danza Mexicana, but to use it as a proactive means to empower...

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Maestro Spotlight: Erik Noel Diaz

Maestro Erik Noel Diaz was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He began his training in Mexican Folklorico with Compañia Estatal de Danza Folklorica, Danza Matlachines del Cerro de la Bufa, and Instituto Superior de Danza Folklorica in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico. Continuing his passion for Folklorico, in California, Maestro Erik has choreographed pieces for Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, Ballet Folklorico las Estrellas, Ballet Folklorico Anahuac, Ballet Folklorico Nube de Oro, and Ballet Folklorico IMBA....

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Maestro Spotlight: Julio Flores

Maestro Julio Flores was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. After later graduating from Roosevelt High School in Southern California, he began to dance with Ballet Folklorico Cuitlahuac of Profesor Juan Hernández in Tijuana. He then founded Ballet Folklorico Mixteco East Los Angeles in 1989. Maestro Julio worked and studied with Eleazar Rodarte in Grupo Folklorico Mexcaltitan. He continues his love of the Mexican traditional art by studying and investigating the history...

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Maestro Spotlight: Eleazar Rodarte

Eleazar Rodarte was born in the Mexican State of Nayarit where he graduated from a special arts school specializing in folkloric dance. His passion for dance began at the early age of 7 years old. He belonged to the group Danza Nayar for fifteen years. He also had the opportunity to direct the children’s group in La Casa de la Cultura de Tepic Nayarit in 1986. He is a current member of...

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Maestra Spotlight: Karina Estrella

Born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Maestra Karina Estrella was influenced by the richness of the Mexican Culture and its Danzas Folkloricas. At age 5, she joined La Casa De La Cultura de Ensenada. Her family later immigrated to the San Fernando Valley in California, where she joined Ballet Folklorico Ollin. At age 18, she began to utilize her dance experience and skills to promote bailes folclóricos as a volunteer at various...

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Maestro 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. At DUF 2016 Maestra Irene will be teaching Repertorio: Baja...

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Maestro Spotlight: Irvind Garcia

Irvind Garcia was born and raised in East Los Angeles, CA. He has been dancing Folklorico for ten years and has taught Folklorico to children for three. Irvind danced under the direction of Benjamin Hernandez, whom Irvind considers a mentor and a form of inspiration for the work he does. Being first-generation in the States, for Irvind, Folklorico became an integral part in keeping him connected to his roots; more personally, it...

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Amalia Viviana Basanta to Teach at DUF 2016

Danzantes Unidos is honored to offer a class with the renowned Mexican Folklorico dancer and daughter of Amalia Hernandez, Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez at DUF 2016. Amalia Viviana 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...

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