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Maestra Spotlight: Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez

Danzantes Unidos is delighted to welcome back the renowned Mexican Folklorico dancer and choreographer, Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez to DUF 2017.  Maestra Basanta Hernandez was born in Mexico City, the daughter of Mexican choreographer, Amalia Hernandez, and Argentine writer, Joaquin Basanta Crece.  She began her dance training at the age of five, studying classical ballet under Nellie Happee. At age thirteen, Ms. Basanta Hernandez joined the National Ballet of Mexico under the...

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Maestro Spotlight: Alejandro Rey

Alejandro Rey, a.k.a. “The Biggest Mexican” is the 6-time Los Angeles Area Bachata Dance Champion. He is the Director of Paso De Oro Dance Company Latin Dance division. Alejandro has headlined as a performer and choreographer of the top Latin Dance Festivals throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, China, Mexico, Canada and Brazil. He has performed live in concert with Bachata recording artists such as Toby Love, Xtreme, Carlos y Alejandra, Andy Andy,...

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Maestro Spotlight – Gabriel Avila

[caption id="attachment_24118" align="alignleft" width="283"] Maestro Gabriel Avila at DUF 2015[/caption] A Native of Mexico, Maestro Gabriel Avila has been dancing since the age of ten.  Mr. Avila has been educated in many disciplines of Dance & Movement, including African, Ballet, Flamenco, Folklorico, Modern, Jazz and Movement for Musicals. He attended Hollywood High for the Performing Arts, and has a degree in Art History. Mr. Avila is a former principal dancer with Pacifico Dance...

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Maestra Spotlight: Blanca Soto

Maestra Blanca Araceli Soto is a veteran and accomplished actress, choreographer, director, producer and dancer. Her passion for the performing arts led her to study theater and dance at the University of Guadalajara, in her home-town.  As a dancer, she has 40 years of experience working with international dance companies such as: Ballet Folklorico del Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, Floricanto U.S.A., Los Angeles Mexican Dance Company,...

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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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