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DUF 2017 Pricing

  • Regular Enrollment

  • $90.00Begins: December 21, 2016
    Ends: February 8, 2017
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  • $100.00Begins: February 9, 2017
    Ends: March 30, 2017
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DUF 2017 Workshops

Selection Guidelines

 

 

DANZANTES UNIDOS FESTIVAL 2017

“ALMA INDIGENA”

APRIL 7, 8 & 9

FRESNO, CA

Workshops:  Clovis East High School, 2940 East Leonard Avenue, Clovis, CA  93619

Concerts:  Warnors Center for the Performing Arts, 1400 Fulton Street Fresno, CA  93721



DUF 2017 IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ITS WORKSHOP OFFERINGS AND MAESTROS.   ANY INDIVIDUAL THAT REGISTERS HIS OR HER STUDENT(S) FOR A DUF 2017 WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED TO CREATE A USERNAME AND PASSWORD PRIOR TO BEGINNING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS.  YOU MAY USE YOUR USERNAME FROM LAST YEAR. IF YOU FORGOT OR WISH TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD, CLICK THE “FORGOT PASSWORD” BUTTON.  THIS LIST CAN BE USED AS A GUIDE IN SELECTING A DUF WORKSHOP.


 

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL CLASSES ARE LISTED HERE, EVEN AS THEY FILL UP.  AT THE TIME OF YOUR CLASS ENROLLMENT, ONLY THE AVAILABLE OPEN CLASSES WILL BE LISTED AS OPTIONS.

DUF 2017 WORKSHOPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND/OR CANCELLATION IF CLASS SIZE IS FEWER THAN TWELVE STUDENTS.  REGISTRANTS IN THAT CLASS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.

 

  • When you enroll to participate in a DUF 2017 workshop, you will be signing up for one workshop. This will be your workshop for the weekend. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. During the enrollment process, you will be notified if a workshop is full.
  • Enrollments are non-transferable and non-refundable after February 8, 2017.  We encourage you to enroll early, because we fully anticipate to reach workshop capacity in advance of enrollment deadline.
  • All participants must check the box and agree to the terms outlined in the WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY in order to complete online enrollment. In addition, all participants under the age of 18 must present a hardcopy of the signed WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY onsite at DUF 2017 in order to receive enrollment materials and participate in DUF 2017 activities. Parents of minors, must name a chaperone and provide a primary phone number in case of an emergency. Group directors should obtain these signatures and deliver them to registration.

DUF 2017 offers 65 movement sessions divided by age and level.

Following is a complete listing of class offerings for DUF 2017.  At the time that you register, only the classes that have not been filled will pop up on your screen as ‘available’.  Classes have a limited capacity and are all filled, first-come, first-served.  In the following sections, Specialty Classes are listed first and each class will list the requirements. Classes in this section include multi-disciplinary, non-movement and multi-level courses.  These are followed by the movement classes detailed by age and dance level.  Students in grades 5 and above must present their school or government issued ID upon check-in to DUF 2017 to participate in a workshop.

SPECIALTY COURSES FOR YOUR EVERY NEED

Specialty Classes accommodate the need for classes which combine multiple disciplines and the specific areas that our folklorico community needs assistance with.  Please check the listing for each class to determine if you meet the criteria.

Guerrero: Tierra Caliente, Amarillas y Gusto (Ages 18+) – CLOSED 12/20/17

Instructor:  Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez

Danzantes Unidos is honored to welcome back Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez as a featured DUF 2017 Maestra. Ms. Basanta will be sharing the suite “Guerrero – Amarillas y Gusto” from the repertoire of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez.

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Guerrero (Tierra Caliente)
Costa Grande is home to “Tierra Caliente” (The Hot Lands) where the sound of Mexican music (Son) is masterfully executed by world renowned musicians and the dancing is a variation of the common son, found in most of Central and southern Mexico. The music is light and mainly played on violins or wind bands. 

“Las Amarillas”
Most Chilenas, especially from the Tixtla municipality have names that refer to animals particular to the local fauna: Birds, Ducks, Cats and Iguanas. The dances display movements that are made by these animals. In this choreography, the women represent calandra larks (birds) that are flying from tree to tree. The dance displays a very close association with nature. This suite is very classical/technical in nature, but captures essence of the folk dances from Guerrero. 

“El Gusto”
El Gusto is fast “son” that is saturated with intricate footwork, partnered choreography and also given to improvisation. The son “Calentano” as the style is known is competitive in nature and is usually danced on a “Tarima” (Wooden platform).

Please note: All participants must arrive in proper dance attire. Men will need to bring their boots, paliacate and Guerrero hat. Women will need to bring their shoes, practice skirt and paliacate.

Folklorico Fun – Parent & Child (Ages 3-6)

Instructors:  Irvind Garcia & Melissa Somoza

Join your child on a musical dance journey as they learn unique musical rhythms, are introduced to imitative dance movements and practice school readiness skills.

Coupled with hands-on arts activities, this “parent and me” workshop introduces the youngest members of the folklorico community to Mexican folk dance movement and music. This workshop is perfect for beginner dancers. Every student must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone.  Students are requested to bring their favorite nap blanket and stuffed animal.  Adults may bring theirs also.

Note: Please register only the child.  Parents are allowed a “free pass” for class, but we do ask your cooperation in purchasing your own Concert Showcase tickets. Before 2/8, you may purchase a Showcase Bundle for $40.  After 2/9, individual tickets are $15 per night.

“Sew Much Fun” Folklorico Sewing Class (Ages 14+)

Instructor: 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: Jalisco blouse and a practice skirt.

Please bring: portable sewing machine; 15 yds of 50/50 poly/cotton fabric; broadcloth (for blouse and skirt); trim for blouse: 3 ribbon colors 1 inch wide–5 yds each; 3 ribbon colors 5/8 wide–10 yds each; 10 yds of 1 1/2 wide flat ribbon 20 inch zipper or one yard of velcro; trim for practice skirt: 1 inch ribbon 12 yds, tools for patterns: pencils, tailor chalk set of patterns; weights; measuring tape; scissors for fabric; scissors for paper; tracing wheel; stapler and staples; 18 inch clear ruler; seam ripper; markers: black, red, green and blue.

Space-permitting, group directors registering more than six members, qualify for a ‘free pass’ to attend this class for themselves or a designated representative. It will be YOUR responsibility to contact registration@danzantes.org to obtain the pass code and register for this class before it fills up.

Veracruz Jarana y Fandango (music & dance)

Instructor: Alfredo “Godo” Herrera

This class is for ALL level dancers ages 14+ and will feature tecnica de zapateado in the improvisational style most commonly seen at a “fandango”. Repertoire will include a son de monton, son de pareja and a specialty dance. Son Jarocho is a musical tradition from the South of Veracruz, Mexico, that encompasses poetic lyricism, improvisation and dance. It was formed in the melding of Arab-Spanish, African and indigenous Mexican cultures. Son Jarocho is played at fandangos; important community celebrations where people come together to prepare food, dance, sing and play music, often all night long.

This class is also open to musicians who wish to expand their repertoire of chord and strum patterns. Musicians should have a basic knowledge of chord progressions and must bring their own jarana or guitarra de son.

The word Zapateado describes the percussive footwork central to the fandango and the music of Son Jarocho. Zapateado is performed on a tarima, a wooden dance platform that is itself considered one of the principal instruments of the fandango. In this class, you will learn basic steps that define each of the sones that are played in the fandango. You will learn repiqueteos (hard percussive footwork), cepillados (soft brush steps and patterns) and mudanzas (signature sequence of steps) for each son. Finally, you will learn to improvise steps and step patterns.

Theater Dance Drama (Ages 18+)

Instructor: Blanca Soto

“Historias y leyendas de México a travez de la danza- escénica” Maestra Blanca Soto will present a multi-disciplinary approach to staging “Stories and Legends of Mexico Through Theater Dance”. How will you tell your story? Which elements are necessary? Where does one begin? A different type of workshop; this class is a place where creativity and imagination combine with music and dance to uniquely express the history, myths & legends of Mexico.

All you need is dedication, love and deliverance! Mark your legacy. Class will include: history, dance, theater & poetry. This class is recommended for students ages 18+, with a minimum of 3 years of experience.

Una Historia, un mito o una leyenda…como contarla ? Que elementos usar? Como comenzar? Un taller diferente; donde la Creatividad e imaginación combinada con la música y la danza pueden contar las historias, mitos y leyendas de México de manera única.

Solo hay que poner dedicación, amor y entrega! Deja tu legado con sello propio. Taller incluye Historia, danza, teatro y poesía. Para mayores de 18 años con experiencia dancistica minima de tres años.

Folklorico Media (Ages 14+)

Instructor: Antonio Sarabia

It is our story, our history, that gives meaning to our art and ignites our passion to continue its practice. Folklorico Media Workshop is a new initiative by Danzantes Unidos meant to encourage participants to take full advantage of technology and various media platforms to promote their passion for dance, tell their stories and share their art. The class to be taught by Antonio Sarabia at Danzantes Unidos Festival 2017 is a general overview of the creative principles used to produce effective multimedia and marketing materials. Topics include basic design principles, developing a strong Folklorico group identity, video storytelling, creating a social media presence and taking advantage of technology to produce impactful media on a tight budget.

The class will have two parts: Saturday’s session will focus on the theory and an overview of best practices. Sunday’s session will be the practical application of these principles where students will get to apply what they learned to either document the Danzantes Festival itself, or work on a specific project for their own group.

No prior technical knowledge is required, but an open mind and willingness to take on a challenge is a must. Laptops and some type of video recording device are recommended. Helpful tools if you have have access to them: Adobe Photoshop. iMac with iMovie. DSLR camera. Not required, but we will be talking about these resources.

Space-permitting, group directors registering more than six members, qualify for a ‘free pass’ to attend this class for themselves or a designated representative.  It will be YOUR responsibility to contact registration@danzantes.org to obtain the pass code and register for this class before it fills up.

Latin Rhythms (Teens & Adults, Ages 14+)

Instructor: Alejandro Rey

Come learn the skills and techniques of today’s most popular Latin dances! This course will focus on the music and dances from the island nations of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Move to the vibrant sounds of Bachata, Merengue and Salsa, plus learn how and why these dances will complement you as a performer in other styles as well.

This fun course will be taught by Alejandro Rey, a 6-Time Bachata Champion who has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America to share his passion for Latin dancing.

Discover Latin dances, including salsa, bachata and merengue in this fun, high-energy workshop. Participants learn the basic techniques of these dances, such as timing, partnering, footwork and styling. This workshop incorporates dance techniques that students can apply to their folklorico training, performance and social dancing.

 

AZTECA DANCE & DRUMMING (Ages 14+)

Instructor:  David Texomazatl Vargas

This dynamic class will introduce students to Aztec dance, drumming, language and indigenous culture. This class is for intermediate level dancers with three years of folklorico dancing experience that are interested in learning a different type of dance discipline that will complement and enhance their current dance training.

This dance form is pre-Columbian and based on movements found within nature. Students will learn how to dance AND drum two traditional Aztec Dances; Tlaloc- the dance of the rain, and Tletl / Xiuhcoatl, the dance of Fire.

The class will begin with a short introduction of Aztec dance history, meaning and symbolism, introduction of musical instruments and use of Nauhatl (Aztec language) words and names. Students will then be led through a series of warm-up body calisthenics, followed by dance techniques including footwork, timing, and styling drills, and drumming techniques including timing, rhythm, and playing of musical percussion instruments that synchronize with dance steps.

If time allows, additional dances and drum beats will be covered based on the capacity of students to master basic class material. All students will participate in a final presentation and perform dances with accompanying drumming for the DUF Class Recital on Sunday.

Folklorico 101 – Basics for Beginners (Ages 14+)

Instructor: Rosemarie Olais Pantoja

Designed to focus on simplifying Mexican folk dance movement, this workshop is perfect for teens and adults with less than one year of experience. Educators and young directors who teach adults at the beginner’s level may find this workshop beneficial.

Folklorico ‘Come Back’ – Review for Veterans (Ages 21+)

Instructor:  Oscar Hernandez

The Folklórico Comeback Class is intended for intermediate to advanced dancers (ages 21+) who once participated in a folklórico group, but have not performed for a while, and feel a little rusty.

Perhaps school, work, marriage, kids or the overall busyness of life has kept you from being in a group, but you still love dancing and would love to reignite the passion you once had for folklórico. The class will review: Jalisco (Ranchero), Veracruz (Sotavento), Nayarit (Mestizo), and Nuevo León (Central).

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REPERTORIO: Grades K – 5

Elementary school students are divided by grade school levels into 15 classes known as “Repertorio”. Instructors for the Repertorio classes will prepare a dance from each of the three regions listed (plus a bonus region for classes that move along quickly). Enrollment proficiency levels are determined by the following criteria: Beginner Level–under four continuous years in a regular program; Intermediate Level–four to eight continuous years in a regular program; Advanced Level–eight or more continuous years in a regular program.

 

Note for parents/directors:  Please register your students by their ACTUAL current grade level  in elementary school.  Our instructors have prepared their material with maturity levels in mind and we will honor their request to transfer out students who are mistakenly registered outside of their age group.   Students must show their school ID to access grade levels 5th to 8th.  Homeschooled students, please bring a copy of your birth certificate as proof of age.

Kindergarten – Rosalie DeVerona

Repertorio: Campeche, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa

 

1st Grade (Beg./Int.) – Teresa Velez

Repertorio: Jalisco. Nuevo Leon, Yucatan

 

1st Grade (Beg./Int.) – Mayra Selene Ornelas

Repertorio: Guerrero, Nayarit, Veracruz

 

2nd Grade (Beg.) – Mayra Villalobos

Repertorio: Baja California, Sinaloa, Yucatan

 

2nd Grade (Int.) – Maria Cerda

Repertorio: Baja California, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon

 

3rd Grade (Beg. / Int.) – David Carrillo

Repertorio: Guanajuato, Guerrero, Oaxaca

 

3rd Grade (Int. / Adv.) – Maria Valdovinos

Repertorio: Chiapas, Michoacan, Sinaloa

 

3rd Grade (Int. / Adv.) – Manny Vizcarra

Repertorio: Jalisco, Michoacan, Puebla

4th Grade (Beg. / Int.) – Ashley Lopez

Repertorio: Jalisco, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa

 

4th Grade (Int. / Adv.) – Maria de Lourdes Romero

Repertorio: Guerrero, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa

 

4th Grade (Int. / Adv.) – Alexander Manzanares

Repertorio: Colima, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa

 

5th Grade (Beg. / Int.) – Sara Moguel

Repertorio: Chiapas, Michoacan, Tamaulipas

 

5th Grade (Beg. / Int.) – Francisco Salinas

Repertorio: Chiapas, Guerrero, Tabasco

 

5th Grade (Int. / Adv.) – Guillermo Mendez

Repertorio: Jalisco, Tabasco, Tamaulipas

 

5th Grade (Int. / Adv.) – Juan De La Rosa

Repertorio: Hidalgo, Jalisco, Veracruz

EnrollFolklorico Jr. High: Grades 6 – 8

Students must bring their student and/or government-issued ID.

Folklorico Jr. High was created new for DUF 2017 to accommodate our burgeoning middle school demographic attending the Danzantes Unidos Festival. These classes offer repertoire with two regions per class:  A ‘core’ region for in-depth survey and a ‘secondary’ region to compare and contrast.  Students in these classes will learn the differences between regions (history, geography, styling, music); and will be provided a forum for interaction and networking with peers.

Note for parents/directors: Folklorico Jr. High students must show their school ID to access these classes onsite.

Folklorico Jr. High: Chiapas & Sinaloa (Beg/Int) - Yolanda Beniquez

Folklorico Jr. High: Chiapas & Veracruz (Int/Adv) - Samuel Gonzalez Betancourt

Folklorico Jr. High: Jalisco & Tamaulipas (Int/Adv) - Christopher Sandoval - CLOSED 12/20

Folklorico Jr. High: Hidalgo & Veracruz - Julio Flores

Folklorico Jr. High: Chihuahua & Tabasco (Int/Adv) - Jose Manuel Cuellar - CLOSED 12/20

Folklorico Jr. High: Guanajuato & Tamaulipas (Int/Adv) - Manuel Ramirez

Folklorico Jr. High: Guerrero & San Luis Potosi (Int/Adv) - Oscar Bustos

Folklorico Jr. High: Jalisco & San Luis Potosi - Miguel Ponce

Note for parents/directors:  Please register your students by their ACTUAL current grade level  in middle-school.  Our instructors have prepared their material with maturity levels in mind and we will honor their request to transfer out students who are mistakenly registered outside of their age group.   Students must show their school ID to access grade levels 5th to 8th.  Homeschooled students, please bring a copy of your birth certificate as proof of age.

EnrollFolklorico High: Grades 9 – 12

Students must bring their student and/or government-issued ID.

Folklorico High was created in 2014 to address the growing population of teen and young adult participation attending the Danzantes Unidos Festival. These classes offer repertoire with two regions per class:  A ‘core’ region for in-depth survey and a ‘secondary’ region to compare and contrast.  Students in these classes will learn the differences between regions (history, geography, styling, music); and will be provided a forum for interaction and networking with peers.

Note for parents/directors: Folklorico High students must show their school ID to access these classes onsite.

Folklorico High registrants will have access to Danzantes Unidos finest faculty in the following sections:

Sew Much Fun - Alicia Mendibles

Folklorico Media - Antonio Sarabia

Folklorico 101 - Rosemarie Olais-Pantoja

Latin Rhythms - Alejandro Rey

Azteca Dance & Drumming - David Vargas

Veracruz Fandango - Alfredo Herrera

Folklorico High: Puebla & Veracruz - Anel Alvarez

Folklorico High: Guanajuato & Nuevo Leon - Gabriel Avila

Folklorico High: Baja California & Nayarit - Karlen Cordero

Folklorico High: Chihuahua & Zacatecas - Erik Diaz - CLOSED 12/9/16

Folklorico High: Durango & Jalisco - Irene Hernandez

Folklorico High: Sonora Bronco & Yucatan - Cindy Padilla

Folklorico High: Baja California Sur & Sinaloa - Sergio Sartiaguin

Folklorico High: Colima & Tabasco - Steven Valencia CLOSED 1/17/17

EnrollAdult Classes: Ages 18 and over
(Bring your government-issued ID)

Adult classes are open to ages 18 and over. Students in these classes will focus on dances from one particular region, as well as proper regional style and form.

With the exception of Specialty Courses, all classes will be geared toward the intermediate/advanced level dancer.

Guerrero: Amarillas y Gusto - Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez

``Sew Much Fun`` - Alicia Mendibles

Folklorico Media - Antonio Sarabia

Veracruz Fandango - Alfredo Herrera

Latin Rhythms - Alejandro Rey

Folklorico 101 - Rosemarie Olais-Pantoja

Folklorico Comeback - Oscar Hernandez

Theater Dance Drama - Blanca Soto

Azteca Dance & Drumming - David Vargas

Baja California Sur - Cesar Orta

Baja California - Juan Gil Martinez Tadeo

Campeche - Rafael Valpuesta

Chiapas - Carlos Santoyo

Chihuahua - Jose Tena

Coahuila - Luis Oceguera

Durango - Rudy Garcia

Guanajuato - Samuel Cortez

Guerrero Tierra Caliente - Jaime Morales

Jalisco - Ana Valle Vasquez

Michoacan Tierra Caliente - Cecilio DeCastro

Morelos - Jose Vences

Nayarit Costa - Ramon Olvera

Nayarit Mestizo - Juan Santana

Oaxaca - Jenny Robles

Sonora Bronco - Osvaldo Ramirez Vidales

Tabasco - Ignacio Delgado Hernandez

Tamaulipas: Huasteca - Eleazar Rodarte

Tamaulipas - Marco A. Sanchez

Veracruz Sotavento - Dr. Maria Guadalupe Castro Paramo

Zacatecas - Netza Vidal