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Maestro Spotlight: Eleazar Rodarte

Eleazar Rodarte was born in the Mexican State of Nayarit where he graduated from a special arts school specializing in folkloric dance. His passion for dance began at the early age of 7 years old. He belonged to the group Danza Nayar for fifteen years. He also had the opportunity to direct the children’s group in La Casa de la Cultura de Tepic Nayarit in 1986. He is a current member of...

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Maestro Spotlight: Marco Sánchez

Marco Antonio Sánchez began his training at the age of four in his home town of Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico. At age six, he was recruited by award winning dance group Grupo Folclorico Magisterial del Estado de Jalisco children’s performing company. In 1989, he joined Grupo Folclorico Alma de Nuestro Pueblo and also Ballet Folclorico de Jalisco before returning to Grupo Magisterial where he served as Assistant Instructor under the direction of Jose...

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Maestro Spotlight: Zenon Barron

Zenón Barrón began his career as a dancer at the age of four in the group Matlachines. Since then, he has studied classical and folkloric dance in depth. Zenon is a researcher of Mexican and Latin American folklore, costume design and scenic design.  He graduated from Instituto de Artes Escenicas in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and in 2009, he earned his certificate from the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.  In 2012, he received...

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Maestra Spotlight: Karina Estrella

Born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, Maestra Karina Estrella was influenced by the richness of the Mexican Culture and its Danzas Folkloricas. At age 5, she joined La Casa De La Cultura de Ensenada. Her family later immigrated to the San Fernando Valley in California, where she joined Ballet Folklorico Ollin. At age 18, she began to utilize her dance experience and skills to promote bailes folclóricos as a volunteer at various...

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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 ten years. BFA de CSUN instilled in her the love for Mexican folklorico dance. She has been teaching folklorico for five years in Ventura County and is now the director of her own group,...

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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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Maestro Spotlight: Jose Vences

Jose Vences is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and director with decades of experience in Mexican folk dance. He began his dance training at sixteen while studying at the Universidad Autonoma de Morelos. In 1985, he relocated to Mexico City to begin training at the distinguished Instituto National de Bellas Artes. In 1986 he was accepted into the touring company of the world-renowned Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. In 1990, Jose came...

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Maestro Spotlight: Alfredo “El Godo” Herrera

Alfredo “El Godo” Herrera, originario del puerto de Veracruz, inicia desde muy pequeño sus incursiones en el son jarocho en fandangos y fiestas populares. En 1989 se incorpora a los talleres de son jarocho impartidos por el grupo Mono Blanco, y es precisamente de esos talleres donde surge, en el año de 1990, el grupo Son la Plaga del cual es miembro y fundador. En 1996 apenas contando con trece años, fue nombrado...

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Maestro Spotlight: Mayra Selene Ornelas

Mayra Selene Ornelas has been teaching for over eighteen years. Her passion for Mexican folk dance started at a very young age when she lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she developed her foundations as a folklorico dancer. Selene, as all of her students know her, has been a member of folklorico groups companies Folklorico Mi Tierra & Danza Teocatl.   She currently directs her own company, Grupo Folklorico No Te Rajes Jalisco, based...

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Maestro Spotlight: Gabriel Avila

Gabriel Avila started dancing at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since. A Native of Mexico, Mr. Avila has been educated in many disciplines of Dance & Movement, including African, Ballet, Flamenco, Folklorico, Modern, Jazz and Movement for Musicals. Mr. Avila attended World Famous Hollywood High for the Performing Arts, and has a degree in Art History.  He is a former Instructor-in-residence for Paso De Oro Dance Company.   Mr. Avila...

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