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DUF 2020 Let’s Get DUF’ing!!

Good afternoon DUF’ers it’s DUF Friday!! . . . and between sobs and wails, here we are STILL. We hope that you are all staying safe and at home.  That said--Let the festivities begin!   DUF 2020 Registrants received an update last Tuesday, detailing Danzantes Unidos’ #BeTheLight Campaign.  The purpose of the campaign is to foster a forum for celebration and togetherness throughout this isolation.  If you are a DUF 2020 Registrant and are...

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DUF 2020 Spotlight on Maestra Susana Hinojosa

For over 40 years, Susana G. Hinojosa has dedicated her life to studying, performing and teaching Mexican folkloric dance. She began dancing as a young child and by the time she was a teen, became a member of the longest established folklorico dance ensemble, Danza Floricanto USA, directed by her mentor Gema Sandoval.  Floricanto, was the unique opportunity for dance internship and performance.  In 1980, Plaza de La Raza's School of Performing and...

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DUF 2020 Spotlight on Maestro David “Texomazatl” Vargas – Azteca Drum & Dance

David Vargas, also known as Texomazatl (Blue Deer) among traditional Aztec dance circles, founded the original Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance in 1988 in San Jose, CA. Still active today, Texomazatl has led the group as a ceremonial dance group among traditional circles, as well as, a community-based performing arts group. For the past 30 years, Texomazatl has continually studied in the traditional schools (Calmecac) of Aztec dance and music and has taught several new...

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Maestra Spotlight: Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez at DUF 2020

Danzantes Unidos is delighted to welcome back the renowned Mexican Folklorico dancer and choreographer, Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez to DUF 2020.  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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Danzantes Unidos Welcomes New Board Member, Raul Gonzalez

Danzantes Unidos is pleased to announce new board member, Raul Gonzalez. Raul Gonzalez is a Health Education Specialist and Folklorico instructor with Compania de Danza El Sol in Fresno, CA. He has been involved with Danzantes Unidos since 2011 when he began volunteering at Roosevelt High School. He has been a volunteer in DUF Onsite Registration since 2012 and has served as Onsite Registration Co-Chair since 2017.  Last year, he additionally took on...

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WHO is coming to DUF 2018??

Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2018 “Cultura Sin Fronteras” will take place on March 23, 24 & 25 in Fresno, CA and honors the ongoing work of folklorico artists sharing culture and traditions across the United States and in Mexico. For more information, please visit www.danzantes.org WHO is coming to DUF 2018?? Over 1500 dancers in 60+ workshops! 135 dance companies & Maestros; with representation from throughout California, as well as: Colorado Idaho Indiana Illinois Louisiana Nevada New Mexico New York Oregon Texas Washington and Mexico!! Congratulations, DUF'ers!!  The Danzantes Unidos Festival...

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YOU can be a “Folklorico Rock Star”!!

OK, maybe that's a bit much. But you CAN upgrade from drab workshop participant to ** DUF 2018 Maestro Liaison** and earn a GOLD DUF shirt and lunch on Sunday.  Interested?  Read on . . . The Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2018 “Cultura Sin Fronteras” will take place in Fresno on March 23, 24 & 25. DUF 2018 is seeking bright, energetic and self-motivated volunteers to serve as classroom facilitators and Maestro Liaisons. Requirements: •Must...

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DUF 2018 FEATURED WORKSHOP – “SEW MUCH FUN” FOLKLORICO SEWING CLASS AGES 14+

IMPORTANT UPDATE 3/21/18:  DUE TO AN UNFORESEEN MEDICAL EMERGENCY, MAESTRA ALICIA MENDIBLES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN US AT DUF 2018.  ONCE SHE HAS RECUPERATED WE WILL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SCHEDULE HER FOR A SUMMER FOLKLORICO-ON-WHEELS.  IN THE INTERIM, HER STUDENTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED BY EMAIL AND PHONE FOR RELOCATION OR REFUND.   Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2018 "Cultura Sin Fronteras" will take place on March 23, 24 & 25 in Fresno,...

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DUF 2018 MAESTRO SPOTLIGHT – MAESTRO SERGIO DAMIAN SARTIAGUIN MONTES

Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2018 “Cultura Sin Fronteras” will take place on March 23, 24 & 25 in Fresno, CA and honors the ongoing work of folklorico artists sharing culture and traditions across the United States and in Mexico. Registration is OPEN at www.danzantes.org . Early Registration ends January 14, 2018.   EL PROFESOR SERGIO DAMIAN SARTIAGUIN MONTES El Profesor Sartiaguín nació en  San Blas Nayarit y radica en la ciudad de Tepic, es un...

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UFS 2018 PRESENTER – MARIA LUISA COLMENAREZ

UFS 2018 "Bailando Sin Fronteras" will take place at the University of California, Santa Cruz on February 2, 3 & 4 and is being hosted by Los Mejicas de UC Santa Cruz.  The organizing committee is proud to announce the participation of Maria Luisa Colmenarez as the workshop presenter on “Career Paths Integrating Folklorico”. Maria Luisa Colmenarez Mexican Folk Dancer/Cultural Activist Maria Luisa has served as Artistic Director for Grupo Mizoc de Sacramento, Danzantes del Alma de UC Davis,...

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