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Announcing DUF 2018 “Cultura Sin Fronteras”

Danzantes Unidos de California announces . . . DANZANTES UNIDOS FESTIVAL DUF 2018 “CULTURA SIN FRONTERAS” MARCH 23, 24 & 25, 2018 REAGAN EDUCATIONAL CENTER (Clovis East High School and adjacent Reyburn Intermediate School) 2940 N Leonard Avenue in Fresno, CA THE THREE DAY FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE 70 WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS FOR DANCERS (ages 5 to 85), PARENTS & GROUP ADMINISTRATORS 800+ PERFORMERS WILL PRESENT DURING THE DUF 2018 SHOWCASE CONCERT SERIES AT WARNORS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ¡PACHANGA! AT THE HISTORIC RAINBOW BALLROOM [caption...

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DUF 2018 Spotlight – Maestra Blanca Araceli 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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Festival Sin Fronteras NAYARIT 2017

Danzantes Unidos in collaboration with the Fundación Cultural Decanos de la Danza “Jaime Buentello Bazán” present a Fall seminar in music and dance in Tepic, Nayarit from September 20th to 24th. Festival Sin Fronteras NAYARIT 2017 will include movement sessions, folk handicrafts, evening performances, and excursions to neighboring towns of Pantanal, Nayarit, and a day trip to the Island of Mexcaltitan. The focal point of the research will be “Sones y danzas tradicionales de la...

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Maestro Spotlight – Erik Diaz

Maestro Erik Noel Diaz was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He began his training in Mexican Folklorico with Compañia Estatal de Danza Folklorica, Danza Matlachines del Cerro de la Bufa, and Instituto Superior de Danza Folklorica in Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico. Continuing his passion for Folklorico, in California, Maestro Erik has choreographed pieces for Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, Ballet Folklorico las Estrellas, Ballet Folklorico Anahuac, Ballet Folklorico Nube de Oro, and Ballet Folklorico...

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Maestro Spotlight – Omar Quezada

Dancer/Director/Choreographer/Actor/Artist--Maestro Omar Quezada began his career in dance at the age of fourteen in Tlaxcala, Mexico. While earning a Bachelor’s in Communication and Education, Maestro Quezada began his education in dance, theater and fine arts along with studies in cosmetology and image design. He currently serves as Artistic Director for  Ensamble Folklorico Tierra Mestiza de Los Angeles, CA. At DUF 2016 Estado de Puebla Maestro Omar Quezada will cover the following in his class: Sones Antiguos de...

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Maestro Spotlight – Alfredo “El Godo” Herrera

Alfredo “El Godo” Herrera, began his journey in son jarocho at a very young age via the local fiestas and fandangos in his hometown of Veracruz.  In 1989, he joined Mono Blanco’s workshops in son jarocho and in 1990 founded his group, Son La Plaga. By the age of thirteen, this prodigy received his teaching credential in ‘zapateado and jarana’ (dance and music) from the IVEC, Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura.  By 1999, and...

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Maestro Spotlight: Manuel “Manny” Vizcarra

Manuel Vizcarra’s passion for folklorico dance began at the age of eight.  Throughout the years he became interested in other dance disciplines, jazz & ballet; while continuing his study of folk dances of Mexico. As he gained more experience in dance, he became so inspired by all of the different dance forms that it led him to create his own choreographies. He then decided it was time to take on a bigger...

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Announcing DUF 2017 “Alma Indigena”

Danzantes Unidos de California announces . . . DANZANTES UNIDOS FESTIVAL DUF 2017 “ALMA INDIGENA” April 7, 8 & 9, 2017 CLOVIS EAST HIGH SCHOOL (and adjacent Reyburn Intermediate School) 2940 N Leonard Avenue in Fresno, CA   [caption id="attachment_28384" align="aligncenter" width="792"] Aerial view of Clovis East High School[/caption]     THE THREE DAY FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE 70 WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS FOR DANCERS (ages 5 to 85), PARENTS & GROUP ADMINISTRATORS     [caption id="attachment_28385" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Los Mejicas de UCSC at DUF 2015[/caption]   800+ PERFORMERS WILL...

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Parade Season Is Here!

Congratulations on your group having been invited to represent your community! [caption id="attachment_28363" align="alignleft" width="400"] Flor de Mexico of Union City , CA[/caption] Considerations for participating in a parade . . . Most parade organizers will provide clear instructions, call times, area maps and preferred viewing areas. Be sure that you share all information, in particular with parents that will be dropping off and picking up their children. Share contact information of who the parent/chaperones...

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Maestra Spotlight: Guadalupe Castro Paramo

Born and raised in Morelia, Maestra Guadalupe Castro Paramo began dancing classic ballet at the age 9. At the age of 15, she began dancing Folklorico under the direction of Juan Antonio González Soria, in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. Deeply invested in the practice of Folklórico, Maestra Guadalupe also attended the Instituto Michoacano de Arte Popular, also under Maestro Juan Antonio's direction where she continued her studies and practice. Subsequently, and concurrently she...

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