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DUF 2022 “GRACIAS A LA VIDA” Showcase Concerts

This blog post will be updated to reflect the latest news regarding DUF 2022 Showcase Concerts.  As of this date we have not identified the venue for the evening shows. It is with great pleasure that we announce that Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2022 "GRACIAS A LA VIDA" will take place on April 8, 9 & 10 at Sunnyside High School in Fresno, CA.  DUF 2022 Showcase Concerts will take place each evening....

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday >>En Español<<   #GivingTuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is touted as a "global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world". Danzantes Unidos, along with the rest of the world and other nonprofit organizations, brought their work to a grinding halt in March of 2019.  Although we offered an online version of the festival in DUF 2020, we have not...

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#Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday es el martes después del Día de Acción de Gracias en los Estados Unidos. Se promociona como un "movimiento de generosidad global que libera el poder de las personas y las organizaciones para transformar sus comunidades y el mundo".   Danzantes Unidos, junto con el resto del mundo y otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro, detuvieron su trabajo en marzo de 2019. Aunque ofrecimos una versión en línea del festival en DUF 2020,...

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RIP Carla Valeria “Patita” Diaz

✞ Carla Valeria “Patita” Diaz ✞ September 18, 1975 - October 7, 2021 We extend our most sincere condolences to Barbara & Pato Diaz and to the extended Perez-Diaz Family on the passing of our beloved Carla “Patita” Diaz. Carla Diaz wore many hats during her brief time with us.  She shone brightly on many stages worldwide as a vocalist and violinist with Mariachi Santa Cecilia, Mariachi Mujer 2000 and Mariachi Azteca de Pato Diaz;...

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Raul Gonzalez, Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors

Danzantes Unidos Board Member, Raul Gonzalez was born and raised in Los Angeles CA .  He currently resides in Fresno, California and is a board member for Compania De Danza El Sol and the Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors. You may recognize him as the individual who runs the registration table at Danzantes Unidos Festivals. He is also the instructor for the Compania De Danza El Sol Junior Group. In the past, he...

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Laura Mendoza, Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors Secretary

Laura Mendoza is a Senior Manager of Credentialing and Administrative Compliance at Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC). Where she oversees the verification and enrollment process for all healthcare staff at TVHC. Laura has been in the Community Health Industry for 26 years where she has applied her analytical acumen, degree in business administration, and her commitment to community health to support TVHC and its mission to provide accessible, high-quality care. Laura became a parent volunteer for Flor De Mexico,...

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Manny Vizcarra, Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors President

Danzantes Unidos Board of Directors President, Manny Vizcarra, is a health care professional for the county of Los Angeles. He is the director and founder of Tradición Dance Company from Pomona California.He has been a participant in the Danzantes Unidos Festival since his early childhood years and has always looked forward to it year after year. He has gained so much knowledge about Mexican culture and folklorico through the festival, he now...

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Maria Luisa Colmenarez, Danzantes Unidos Festival Director

[caption id="attachment_45915" align="alignright" width="218"] Maria Luisa Colmenarez, Lecturer San Jose State University, California[/caption] [caption id="attachment_45918" align="alignleft" width="235"] Maria Luisa Colmenarez and Rudy Figueroa, Alegría de San José[/caption] For over 45 years, cultural “artivist” Maria Luisa Colmenarez has played a large role in ensuring Mexican folk dance remains accessible to the community while advocating for a larger presence in the performing arts space. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Danzantes Unidos...

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DUF 2020 Spotlight on Maestra Sara Moguel

Sara Moguel was born in Villaflores, Chiapas and moved to California in 1992. She graduated with a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching in 2011. Sara Moguel has been dancing with Ballet Folklorico Aztlan de CSUN for over 13 years. BFA de CSUN instilled in her the love for Mexican Folklorico dance. She has been teaching folklorico for seven years in Ventura County and is now director of her own group, Ballet...

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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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