Maestra Robles is also part of the non-profit, Organization Senderos, formerly known as Vive Oaxaca. She is one of the founding members and currently the Artistic Director of Centeotl Danza y Baile in Santa Cruz, Ca. In 2007, Ms. Robles was elected by the Oaxacan community of California as to be Diosa Centeotl USA (Corn Goddess) in Los Angeles. During this time, traveled to Oaxaca to study and learn firsthand dances from the “Pueblos” / People of specific town. Ms. Robles is also fortunate to have the opportunity to study under the mentorship of well known, Maestro Juan Roman Viloria, where she bolstered her study on the cultural performance of La Guelaguetza.
In 2010, she became part of the Instituto De Investigacion de la Danza Mexicana, which allows her to continue refining her studies and broadening her knowledge on Baile Folklorico of Mexico. In 2022, she became part of the staff at PalenkeArts, a non-profit organization in Seaside, CA as well to serve as an advisor for the Guelaguetza Event “Oaxaca by the Sea” that took place in the same city.
Jenny Robles was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her love for the performing arts started at an early age and dance has always been emphasized in her family. Ms. Robles has over twenty years of dance experience and specializes in teaching dances of the Guelaguetza from the state of Oaxaca. In 2009, Jenny Robles joined Esperanza del Valle Dance Company under the direction of the late Maestro Ramón Morones and Janet Johns. Maestro Morones and Maestra Johns have been mentors and serve as an inspiration for the work she carries out in Santa Cruz, CA.
Maestra Robles is a member of the non-profit organization ‘Senderos’, formerly known as ‘Vive Oaxaca’. She is one of the founding members and Artistic Director of Centeotl Danza y Baile in Santa Cruz, CA. In 2007, Ms. Robles was elected by the Oaxacan community of California to be the Diosa Centeotl USA (Corn Goddess) in Los Angeles. During this time she traveled to Oaxaca to study and learn firsthand dances from the pueblos. Ms. Robles is fortunate to have had the opportunity to study under the mentorship of Maestro Juan Roman Viloria, under whom she bolstered her study on the cultural performance of La Guelaguetza.
In 2010, she became a member of the Instituto De Investigación de la Danza Mexicana, which allows her to continue refining her studies and broadening her knowledge on Baile Folklorico of Mexico. Since 2022, she has been a staff member of the non-profit PalenkeArts and has served as an advisor for their Guelaguetza event “Oaxaca by the Sea” in Seaside, CA. She enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge of Mexican folkloric dance to her students and the greater community.
FOLKLORICO HIGH: OAXACA MIXTECA & OAXACA MIAHUATLAN
(Ages 13 to 17)
Maestra: Jenny Robles
Oaxaca Region Mixteca “Jarabe Mixteco” and Miahuatlan de Porfirio Díaz.
This year I will be teaching Sones de Miahuatlán de Porfirio Díaz from the State of Oaxaca.
Miahuatlán is the gateway to the southern mountains, a land with an abundance of natural aroma of coffee and woods that come from its mountains.
The music of this Pueblo has characteristics of being ancient, popular, and anonymous and it is transmitted from generation to generation in a lyrical and oral form. This version of the sones was compiled and performed by maestro Ranulfo Vera Ruiz, it contains famous sones which date back to the Mexican Revolution, such as:
El Palomo Miahuateco, El Guajolote and El Siranananai. These are some of the best-known dances of this region.
Maestro Ciro Jiménez was a key person in this research. Thanks to his advice and help I was able to learn about the music, dances, and wardrobe.
Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Danzantes Unidos!
DUF 2024 “SEGUIMOS ADELANTE” will take place on March 22, 23 & 24, 2024 in Fresno, CA.
Early Registration ends on January 19, 2024 at www.danzantes.org