DUF 2024 FEATURED WORKSHOP - "Sew Much Fun" with Maestra Alicia Mendibles - Danzantes Unidos®
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DUF 2024 FEATURED WORKSHOP – “Sew Much Fun” with Maestra Alicia Mendibles

Maestra Alicia Mendibles is a third generation Mexican-American born and raised in Southern California. She started dancing at the age of eight. It was in the sixth grade that she began to form dance groups at her schools. She studied Mexican Folklorico under the direction Lily Aguilar and Maria Quiroz. She has shared the stage with many performers including: Linda Ronstadt, Lalo Guerrero, Mariachi Cobre, and Mariachi Sol de Mexico.

Maestra Alicia envisioned a place where she could promote cultural pride and self-worth through the art of dance. From this dream, she created the performing dance troupe Paso de Oro Dance Company in 1994. The dream flourished as she has produced thousands of performers and dancers over the years. Maestra Alicia represents the American born Mexican–she is dedicated to preserving the Mexican culture embracing current traditions and ideas established by Mexican-Americans who have culturally participated in United States since the 19th century. With courage, character and commitment, she takes pride in fusing the best of both her cultures.

(Ages 13+)
Maestra: Alicia Mendibles

Director & Designer Alicia Mendibles, Paso de Oro Dance Company; 5x winner of Best Costume Design Award leads you through “Sew Much Fun!” Learn to make costumes from pattern to sewing! Make a practice skirt in half the time! Learn sewing short cuts that will cut your work time in half. Sew smarter not harder. You will start from making your own pattern to having a finished piece: Practice skirt or Men’s Jalisco vest & corbatin/moño (bowtie).

You will need to bring the following:

__portable table top sewing machine
__extension cord (to reach the power outlet)
__tools for patterns: fabric pencils or tailor chalk (any color white/yellow/blue/red), pattern weights, one knitting needle, measuring tape, scissors for fabric; scissors for paper; tracing wheel; stapler and staples; 18 inch clear ruler; seam rippe

Practice Skirt supply list:

__13 yds of 50/50 poly/cotton fabric (broadcloth) for practice skirt
__trim for practice skirt: 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon 20 yds and 12 yds 1” wide color your choice -thread to match
__If you want multi ribbons on your skirt It’s 20 yds of each color you like

*If you prefer to sew a Charro vest & corbatin/moño (bowtie) . . .

Vest supply list:

• 1 1/2 yards of gabardine fabric • Any color you like
• A yard and half of black lining
• 1 yard of iron or fuse, medium     white /black
• 1 yard of Velcro black Unless you pick white or light color white Velcro
• 1 yard trim of your choice iron on preferred ( Joann’s fabrics
• Thread to match
• 4 bobbins full for machine

corbatin/moño (bowtie) list:

• 1 yd of heavyweight satin your choice of color .
• 1 yard of iron on trim your choice
• You can purchase iron trim at Joannes fabrics they have gold, black, white, and red
• You can also check downtown Los Angeles if you’re in that area


Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Danzantes Unidos!

DUF 2024 “SEGUIMOS ADELANTE” will take place on March 22, 23 & 24, 2024 in Fresno, CA.

Late Registration ends on March 8, 2024 at www.danzantes.org


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