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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 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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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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Danzantes Unidos Welcomes New Board Member, Raul Gonzalez

Danzantes Unidos is pleased to announce new board member, Raul Gonzalez. Raul Gonzalez is a Health Education Specialist and Folklorico instructor with Compania de Danza El Sol in Fresno, CA. He has been involved with Danzantes Unidos since 2011 when he began volunteering at Roosevelt High School. He has been a volunteer in DUF Onsite Registration since 2012 and has served as Onsite Registration Co-Chair since 2017.  Last year, he additionally took on...

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Danzantes Unidos Welcomes New Board Member, Manny Vizcarra

Danzantes Unidos is pleased to announce new board member, Manny Vizcarra. Mr. 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...

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DUF 2019 Ofrenda #RememberMe

DUF Ofrenda - The Danzantes Unidos Festival is the annual gathering where folklorico dancers come together to meet, greet and celebrate each other. It is also the time to remember those who live with us in spirit.   Please help us to celebrate their memory by sending a photo & a kind word about them--where they lived, who they danced with or served and what they are best remembered for. Send your submissions...

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DUF 2019 UFS Meet & Greet Luncheon

YES!!  There is such a thing as a FREE LUNCH.  If you are the leader (or potential leader) of the folklorico group on your campus, we want to meet YOU!! The UFS Initiative invites leaders and potential leaders of collegiate groups participating at DUF 2019 for the UFS Luncheon Meet & Greet.  Lunch will be provided and we ask that you RSVP by Friday, April 12 before midnight. The University Folklorico Summit (UFS)--an initiative...

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