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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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Maestro Spotlight – Manuel Ramirez

Incurciono en la Danza Folklorica a la edad de los 14 anos, mis conocimientos han sido graduales. En casas de la cultura de Instituciones de Arte, donde atravez de muchos anos sigo aprendiendo el misterio de la Danza que es muy basta y en riquicedora lo cual es una mision de diario, evidentemente sigo preparandome para mejorar mis conocimiento. En la Danza tengo el gusto de seguir disfundiendo la cultura. Cursado en el...

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Maestra Spotlight – Jenny Robles

Jenny Robles was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her love for the performing arts started at an early age, dance  is a form of living and an everyday part of culture in her family. Ms. Robles 16 years of dance experience and specializes in teaching Folklorico dance from the state of Oaxaca to children and adults for the past 6 years.  In 2009,  Jenny Robles joined Esperanza del Valle Dance Company...

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Maestro Spotlight – Oscar Bustos

Oscar Bustos was born in 1995 on the weekend of the Danzantes Unidos Festival to a family of lifelong folkloristas. He has been dancing with Teocalli Cultural Academy for fifteen years, and teaching for the Academy for four years now. As an instructor, he has had an opportunity to teach at Washington Union (Easton) and Kings Cultural Center (Hanford), Sol de Valle (Merced), and Orosi High School (Orosi). He is also the...

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Maestro Spotlight – Rafael Valpuesta

Rafael Valpuesta has served as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Resurrección Mexican Folk since 1998. Mr. Valpuesta’s extensive dance training has allowed him to create a stylized and theatrical interpretation of Mexican folk dance.  Dedicated to teaching the beautiful dances of México to the youth of his community, he shares his knowledge accumulated from more than 30 years of dance and directing experience with renowned teachers and organizations. Mr. Valpuesta began his...

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Maestro Spotlight – Christopher Sandoval

Christopher Sandoval is one of California’s emerging, premier Mexican folk interpretive, performing artists. He is the Artistic Director of Danza Folklorica Puro Corazon, and also has left his marks of leadership and preservation as founder of Ballet Folklorico de California State University, Fullerton and founding student member of Danzantes Unidos' University Folklorico Summit. For more than seven years Mr. Sandoval has brought innovation and imagination within traditional parameters to engage his students, staff,...

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Maestra Spotlight – Teresa Velez

Originally from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Maestra Teresa Velez has participated in multiple groups around the state of Nuevo Leon including: Ballet Municipal de Nuevo Leon de Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Ballet Folklorico del Estado de Nuevo Leon de Jose I. Ibarra in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Instituto de Investigacion y Difusion de la Danza de Mexico Delegacion Nuevo Leon, and Ballet Folklórico Nayapan de Patricia Guerrero in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. She has...

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Maestro Spotlight – Julio Cesar Flores

Maestro Julio Flores was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. After 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 in East Los Angeles in 1989. Maestro Julio has 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 – Erik 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...

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