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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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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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