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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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Maestro Spotlight – Samuel G. Betancourt

Maestro Samuel G. Betancourt is the Executive and Artistic Director of Orgullo Mestizo Folk Ballet in Fontana Ca. His dance training extends beyond Folklorico, he has also trained in classical ballet, jazz and modern dance. His dance training in Folklorico has gone as far as dancing with Grandeza Mexicana and also trained with Pacifico Dance Co. Maestro Samuel was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. He began his dance training at a young...

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Maestra Spotlight – Ana Rosa Valle

Maestra Ana Rosa Valle estudio la carrera de Danza en La Universidad de Guadalajara;  Tres Diplomados en Colegio de Jalisco.  Ha sido integrante de: Grupo Folklorico Universidad de Guadalajara Decanos, Bellas Artes. Maestra en Universidades de: Ann Arbor Michigan, Granada España, e Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. En California: jurado en competencias, y cursos a grupos y Maestros en diversas ciudades. At DUF 2017 Jalisco (Adults 18+) Maestra Ana Rosa Valle will cover the following in...

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Maestro Spotlight: Francisco Salinas

Born in the Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, Maestro Salinas Morales was part of all the dance groups at the institutions he attended. After finishing high school, he became part of the Instituto de la Danza Mexicana in Acapulco, Guerrero. There, he became an investigator in the field of Folklorico for nine years until he finished his Bachelor’s in Danza Regional Mexicana, Regional Mexican Dance. To strengthen his passion, he then studied to obtain a...

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Maestra Spotlight – Maria Valdovinos

Maria Valdovinos was born in Los Angeles and raised in Stockton, CA.  She became fascinated with Folklorico dance ever since she saw a local group perform while she was in elementary school. Soon after, she joined the group and has been dancing ever since. Her passion to preserve our culture fuels her motivation to continue to learn about Mexican culture and to share it with a larger audience and in public spaces....

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