DUF 2016 Maestros Archives - Danzantes Unidos®
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Maestro Spotlight: Cecilio De Castro

"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 of 15....

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The Legacy of Maestro Sergio Sartiaguín

Native to San Blas, Nayarit, México, Maestro Sergio Sartiaguín carries an undying passion in the study of the traditions of Nayarit, specializing in all that is related to folklorico dance and traditional music. His career in the field of Folklorico has created his legacy as a public administrator for over 30 years with innumerable cultural preservation projects in diverse areas. Dedicated to the preservation and exploration of the richness of Danza Folklorica,...

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Maestro Spotlight: Samuel Gonzalez-Betancourt

Maestro Samuel Gonzalez-Betancourt is the Executive Director and Artistic Directo of Orgullo Mestizo Folk Ballet. His dance training extends beyond Folklorico, also tapping into ballet, jazz and modern dance. In Southern California, Samuel has also danced with Grandeza Mexicana and trained with Pacifico Dance Co. Maestro Samuel was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. He began his dance training at a young age and has danced since. Passionate about communication through language, Mr. Gonzalez earned...

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Maestro Spotlight: Ignacio Delgado

Maestro Ignacio Delgado’s early dance training began in grade-school as part of an after-school program in Napa Valley. In high school, he trained in jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. There, he was awarded dancer of the year by the dance department. At 15, he joined Ballet Folklorico de Carlos Moreno in the Bay Area. Soon after, he joined Compañia Mexico Danza in Hayward. After relocating to Southern California for college, he continued his...

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Maestro Spotlight: Ramon Olvera

Maestro Ramon Olvera desires to preserve traditional Folklorico dance and Mexican culture alive on this side of the border, in the United States, by inspiring young dancers to embrace and explore the traditions and cultural heritage of the dances of Mexico. His passion for Folklorico in the States extends back to his deeply rooted career in Mexico. Native to the state of Nayarit in Mexico, Maestro Ramon continued his education and passion for Folklorico in various...

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Maestro Spotlight: Carlos Santoyo

One of the pioneers of Folklorico in the State of California, Carlos Santoyo, has dedicated his life to the Folklorico community. Mr. Santoyo’s legacy extends from his education in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, to the various groups he has founded and directed and his undying passion to the preservation of our culture. Maestro Carlos worked 38 years for the Sweetwater District from 1973 to 2011 as a Cultural Awareness Facilitator & Dance Instructor. During that time, he...

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Maestra Spotlight: Rosalie DeVerona

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Maestra Rosalie began her career in Folklorico at the early age of seven in 1975. For the past 31 years, she continues to study Folklorico at various workshops and conferences. She has had opportunities to study with various group directors in the United States and in Mexico. With lifelong devotion to Folklorico, Maestra DeVerona spreads her passion and knowledge at Danzantes Unidos Festival; she is also an active participant at Asociación...

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“Sew Much Fun!” Workshop at DUF 2016

Things That You Won't Want To Miss At DUF 2016:  #8 “Sew Much Fun!" Learn to make costumes from pattern to sewing! Make a practice skirt in half the time! Come take this FREE class to learn how to sew short cuts that will help you cut your work time in half. Sew smarter not harder. You will start from making your own pattern to having a finished pieces: Jalisco blouse and a practice skirt. Instructor: Director & Designer...

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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 about 19 years now. 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...

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Maestro Spotlight: Francisco Salinas Morales

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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