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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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Maestro Spotlight: Alfredo “El Godo” Herrera

Alfredo “El Godo” Herrera, originario del puerto de Veracruz, inicia desde muy pequeño sus incursiones en el son jarocho en fandangos y fiestas populares. En 1989 se incorpora a los talleres de son jarocho impartidos por el grupo Mono Blanco, y es precisamente de esos talleres donde surge, en el año de 1990, el grupo Son la Plaga del cual es miembro y fundador. En 1996 apenas contando con trece años, fue nombrado...

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Maestro Spotlight: Manny Vizcarra

Mr. Vizcarra’s passion for dance began at the age of eight when he joined "Ballet Folklorico Xochiquetzal". 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...

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Maestro Spotlight: Mayra Selene Ornelas

Mayra Selene Ornelas has been teaching for over eighteen years. Her passion for Mexican folk dance started at a very young age when she lived in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she developed her foundations as a folklorico dancer. Selene, as all of her students know her, has been a member of folklorico groups companies Folklorico Mi Tierra & Danza Teocatl.   She currently directs her own company, Grupo Folklorico No Te Rajes Jalisco, based...

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Maestro Spotlight: Gabriel Avila

Gabriel Avila started dancing at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since. A Native of Mexico, Mr. Avila has been educated in many disciplines of Dance & Movement, including African, Ballet, Flamenco, Folklorico, Modern, Jazz and Movement for Musicals. Mr. Avila attended World Famous Hollywood High for the Performing Arts, and has a degree in Art History.  He is a former Instructor-in-residence for Paso De Oro Dance Company.   Mr. Avila...

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DUF 2016 “El Corazon del Pueblo” – Enrollment for classes is OPEN

Danzantes Unidos presents its annual gathering (DUF) 2016, “El Corazón del Pueblo” on March 18, 19 & 20. Danzantes Unidos is pleased to announce the return of DUF to it’s place of origin --- Los Angeles, CA!! REGISTER TODAY AT:  WWW.DANZANTES.ORG DUF 2016 is a three-day celebration of Mexican folk dance with 65 dance workshops and seminars to accommodate 1500 participants. Curriculum will include movement sessions from various states of Mexico, as well as...

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It’s Jose Tena Week!

In keeping with the tradition of celebrating our Living Legends, we are happy to announce Jose Tena Week and invite you to join in on wishing a very Happy Birthday (11/12) to Maestro Tena of Las Cruces, New Mexico. History Jose Tena arrived to Las Cruces from Chihuahua to visit his sister in the summer of 1978. Little did he know that the ‘visit’ would keep him in Las Cruces for the next thirty...

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Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2016 Returns to Los Angeles, CA

Danzantes Unidos is pleased to announce the return of DUF 2016 to Los Angeles, CA on March 18-20. Venues will include locations in East Los Angeles. Online registration will open in December of 2015 at www.danzantes.org On October 4, 2015, Danzantes Unidos celebrated International Son de La Negra Day with spontaneous expressions of dance throughout downtown Los Angeles. We were joined in the merrymaking by members of Los Angeles based dance companies: Paso...

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Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2015 “Mil gracias”

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff & Volunteers of Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2015 “Reconquistando el pueblo con danza y cancion” we extend a warm, mil gracias, to the group directors, participants, parents, chaperones and family members that attended DUF 2015 in Fresno on March 27, 28 & 29. [caption id="attachment_22473" align="alignnone" width="300"] Their job well-completed, DUF 2015 Registration Committee opened the Showcase Concert on Saturday. Photo credit:  Jaime Morales[/caption] [caption id="attachment_22467" align="alignnone"...

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