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Maestra Spotlight: Rosemarie Olais Pantoja

Rosemarie Olais Pantoja is a Fresno native who first began to learn Folklorico through a City of Fresno Parks and Recreation class offered to the public. That class awakened a love for Folklorico that now manifests in her thirty-seven years practicing this cultural and traditional art. At the end of that first class, try-outs were held for a local performing children’s group, Marisela's Dancers & Marimba taught by Marisela Saavedra. Not only was it...

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Maestro Spotlight: The Legacy of Jose Tena

Internationally acclaimed Folklórico dancer and instructor, José Tena from Las Cruces, New Mexico has been dancing for more than four decades on his forever-young legs and has set thousands more in motion with his dance troupe of 30 years, Ballet Folklórico Tierra del Encanto. He has been the recipient of several coveted honors and supporting grants for his outstanding contribution to the arts and has been the subject of a bilingual children's...

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Danzantes Unidos Film Media Gallery

As we explore a permanent space on our new website for this genre, we will create a temporary space here to stage this growing media gallery of Danzantes Unidos film throughout the years. Enjoy! Every Palm Sunday Weekend, since 1979, the Danzantes Unidos Festival has brought together the largest (on either side of the border) gathering of Mexican Folk Dancers in a united celebration. The event features dance & music workshops, four Showcase...

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Maestro Spotlight: Christopher Sandoval

For the past two years, Christopher Sandoval has invested himself into the South Texas public school system as an educator and Founder and Co-Director of Alvarez Elementary Folklorico Dance Academy in McAllen, TX.  In this role, he has continued to invoke innovation and imagination within traditional parameters to engage his students, staff, and audience; not just to preserve and promote danza Mexicana, but to use it as a proactive means to empower...

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Maestro Spotlight: Rudy Garcia

Dancer and musician, Rudy F. Garcia began his dance training while a student at Stanford University. His expansive career has been formed through his experience as a member of various San Francisco Bay Area performing art groups: Ballet Folklorico de Stanford, Flor de la Esperanza, Los Lupeños de San Jose, Xochipilli de San Jose and Jubilee American Dance Theater. He has served as Artistic Director for Alegria de San Jose and Los...

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Maestra Spotlight: Cindy Padilla

Cindy Padilla began her dance career at the age of eighteen with the Ballet Folklórico Aztlan de CSUN dance organization on the CSU Northridge campus. The need to re-charter the resident Northridge group, Ballet Folklórico Aztlan in fall of 1996 after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, was a goal for Cindy and other members who helped reinstate the forty-five year old student and community based dance troupe to what it is today. She...

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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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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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