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Maestra Spotlight: Melissa Somoza

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Maestra Melissa Somoza was first fascinated with Folklorico during her sophomore year in high school after attending a school performance. That is where she began her dance career as a Folklorico dancer, at Bravo Medical Magnet High School. Within a year of learning how to dance, Maestra Melissa became one of the group’s Folklorico instructors with an opportunity to teach her fellow classmates during her senior year...

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In the spotlight: Cesar Alejandro Orta

The accomplished Maestro Cesar Alejandro Orta began his dance career in the year 1989 under the direction of Maestra Rita Cobos Lugo. Post this, he formed part of the Ballet Folklórico Rarajipame del Cbtis 122 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; and also an alumni from Escuela de la Danza Mexicana in...

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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: 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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UFS 2016 Presenter Dr. Olga Najera-Ramirez

University Folklorico Summit UFS 2016: Leaders Today to Create Legacies Tomorrow UFS 2016 will take place at San Jose State University on February 19-21 and is being hosted by Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol de San Jose State.  The organizing committee is proud to announce the participation of Dr. Olga Nájera-Ramírez as the workshop presenter on "Channeling Your Folklórico Interest into a Career".  Learn how you can carry folkloric traditions forward into your...

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UFS 2016 Panelist Blanca Sanchez Cruz

University Folklorico Summit UFS 2016: Leaders Today to Create Legacies Tomorrow UFS 2016 will take place at San Jose State University on February 19-21 and is being hosted by Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol de San Jose State.  The organizing committee is honored to announce the participation of Blanca L. Sánchez-Cruz as the workshop presenter for "Putting Technology to Use".  Living in the Silicon Valley, technology is an integral part of life. This workshop will explore...

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SJSU Hosts UFS 2016 “Leaders Today To Create Legacies Tomorrow”

The University Folklorico Summit (UFS), an initiative of Danzantes Unidos, is a three-day leadership and cultural arts conference designed for collegiate folklorico groups. UFS provides a forum for university folklorico group leaders to meet, share their best practices, and strategize for their communities. UFS strives to educate the next generation of folklorico student leaders of the multiple facets and characteristics that make up an efficient and sustainable university folklorico group. REGISTRATION IS OPEN...

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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: Rudy 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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