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Maestra Spotlight – Ashley Lopez-Gonzalez

Ashley Lopez-Gonzalez is a folklorico dancer and instructor from San Jose, CA. She is the co-founder and Director of Grupo Folklorico Los Laureles; a traditional Mexican dance academy and professional company which in 2017 celebrates it's tenth anniversary. With over twenty years of dance experience, she has presented her work all over California and studied under the top folk instructors of Mexico. As Los Laureles Director, Ashley is responsible for conceiving, developing,...

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Maestra Spotlight – Sara Moguel

Sara Moguel was born in Villaflores, Chiapas and moved to California in 1992. She graduated with a Master degree in the Arts of Teaching in 2011. Sara Moguel has been dancing with Ballet Folklorico Aztlan de CSUN for over 12 years. BFA de CSUN instilled in her the love for Mexican folklorico dance. She has been teaching folklorico for six years in Ventura County and is now the director of her own...

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Maestra Spotlight – Maria de Lourdes Romero

Maria de Lourdes Romero was born and raised in the City of Santa Clarita, California. Her love for the performing arts began when she joined a local folklórico group, The Santa Clarita Community Center Ballet Folklórico. She later joined Grandeza Mexicana, a well-known Mexican Folklorico dance company in Los Angeles under the artistic direction of Jose Vences. Maria has performed with the company in many prestigious theaters and performing arts centers such as...

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Maestro Spotlight – Rudy F. Garcia

Dancer and musician, Rudy F. Garcia began his dance training while a student at Stanford University. His expansive career has been formed through his experience as a member of various San Francisco Bay Area performing art groups: Ballet Folklorico de Stanford, Flor de la Esperanza, Los Lupeños de San Jose, Xochipilli de San Jose and Jubilee American Dance Theater. He has served as Artistic Director for Alegria de San Jose and Los...

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Maestra Spotlight – Dr. Maria Guadalupe Castro Paramo

Born and raised in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, Maestra Guadalupe Castro Paramo began dancing classic ballet at the age nine. At the age of 15, she began dancing Folklorico under the direction of Juan Antonio González Soria. Deeply invested in the practice of Folklórico, Maestra Guadalupe also attended the Instituto Michoacano de Arte Popular, also under Maestro Juan Antonio’s direction where she continued her studies and practice. She graduated from Academia de la Danza...

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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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Maestra Spotlight – Maria Cerda

Maestra Maria Cerda has been dancing with Teocalli, a Fresno based adult folklorico group at Teocalli Cultural Academy for twenty years. With Teocalli, she has participated in several events at a local and national level, including: Fiesta en la Mision, Baja California; Festival de Bailes Tradicionales de Mexico, San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, MX; International Dance Festival, Las Vegas, NV; Folkclovisco, Calidanza, Festival Los Reyes, San Diego; and Ethnic Dance Festival in...

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Maestra Spotlight – Yolanda Chacon Beniquez

Yolanda Chacon Beniquez researched through Summer-long intensive courses at the Instituto de la Investigacion del Folklor y la Danza in Mexico, Artes y Ciencias in Tijuana, Mexico, and at Mazochoquim in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. These intensive Summer-long courses were comprised of instructors teaching at institutions across Mexico. Maestra Beniquez has been teaching at Chula Vista Park and Recreation Centers since 1983. She has taught Folklorico curriculum courses at Palomar College, Eastlake and Olympian...

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Maestra Spotlight – Rosemarie Olais Pantoja

Rosemarie Olais Pantoja is a Fresno native who first began to learn Folklorico through a City of Fresno Parks and Recreation class offered to the public. That class awakened a love for Folklorico that now manifests in her thirty-seven years practicing this cultural and traditional art. 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...

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Maestro Spotlight – Alexander Manzanares

Alexander Manzanares, a son of Mexican immigrants from the state of Chihuahua, was born in Dodge City, Kansas and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a teenager his love for dance began with his high school folklórico dance group. Upon graduation, he dedicated his time attending festivals, conferences and focusing his attention on traveling across Mexico, visiting maestros in their homes and learning folklórico at its roots. He has been an active member...

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