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DUF 2019 “40th Anniversary Gala”

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DUF 2019 Workshops

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DANZANTES UNIDOS FESTIVAL 2019

“40th Anniversary Gala”

April 12, 13 & 14

FRESNO, CA

Workshops:  Sunnyside High School, 1019 South Peach Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727

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



DUF 2019 is pleased to announce workshop offerings and Maestros.  Whether you are enrolling one student or many, you must first create a username and password.  If you are using your profile and student list from last year, please ensure that you update the list AND t-shirt sizes BEFORE enrolling in classes.  If you forgot your information from last year, simply click “forgot password” button.  The following list can be used as a guide in selecting a DUF workshop.


 

Please note:  All classes are listed here.  At the time of your enrollment, ONLY THE AVAILABLE OPEN CLASSES will be listed as options.

DUF 2019 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 AND WILL BE ASSISTED INTO OTHER CLASSES THAT WERE OPEN AT THE TIME OF THEIR ENROLLMENT.

 

  • When you enroll to participate in a DUF 2019 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.Class jumping will result in expulsion. During the enrollment process, you will be notified if a workshop is full.
  • Enrollments are non-transferable and non-refundable.  NO REFUNDS, NO EXCEPTIONS.  We encourage you to enroll early, because we fully anticipate to reach workshop capacity in advance of enrollment deadline. Class jumping will result in expulsion.
  • 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 submit the  WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY signed by their parent or guardian in order to receive enrollment materials and participate in DUF 2019 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 2019 offers 60+ workshops divided by age and level.

Following is a complete listing of class offerings for DUF 2019.  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, Featured 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 5th and above must present their school or government issued ID upon check-in to DUF 2019 to participate in a workshop.

FolkloricoPlus . . . and then some

FolkloricoPlus features courses which combine multiple disciplines in the specific areas that our folklorico community needs support.  Please check the listing for each class to determine if you meet the criteria.

Baja California Sur – Folklorico for Veteran Adults Ages 40+

Instructor:  Dr. Maria Guadalupe Castro Paramo

Danzantes Unidos is honored to welcome back Dr. Maria Guadalupe Castro Paramo as a featured DUF 2019 Maestra. This class is designed for Veteran Folklorico Dancers ages 40+, regardless of present technical level.

There is a great difference between the populations that conform folk dance groups of young people and those of the senior dancers that are beginning to spring up in many communities. The needs and expectations are radically different.  For the senior dancers the time for rehearsals and performances is more limited. Physical and mental abilities are somewhat diminished, although life experience greatly compensates the deficiencies in certain areas of this art form. Finally, senior dancers are faced with issues that include family, work, economy, and health, that younger dancers do not have to consider.

On the other hand, the benefits for the dancer are many and varied; beginning with the most obvious: exercise in a fun way, and with an objective that goes beyond the sole lose of weight—the public performance. Other benefits include: to raise self image, create a new social network  based in a common interest in this art form; and in general stimulate brain functions.  The format of a group of senior dancers creates, and reinforces the very reason for its existence.  In other words, a folk dance group of seniors is as  viable as that of youngsters, both in terms of the point of view of the dancer, as that of the viewer who enjoys the performance, but emphasizing dignity and elegance vs. explosive energy.  The love for the activity is clearly the same among the two different groups.  These factors, then, determine the particular selection of the repertory, the rehearsals and the performance.  Therefore, this workshop with begin with a brief discussion of the philosophy, organization and choices that will  form the base, and will enhance the participation of the members in a group of this type. 

To summarize, the workshop will cover two areas:  1) A repertoire specially selected for this group, and 2)  Discussion of the reasons why to form a group of this type in one’s own community, and how to organize it’s functions.

Repertoire will include Bailes y danzas de Baja California Sur.

With so many retired dancers, all communities should have one such a group.  The love for the activity does not die with age.

Please note: All participants must arrive in proper dance attire. Men will need to bring their boots and paliacate. Women will need to bring their shoes, practice skirt and paliacate.  All students should bring a notebook and writing instrument and if possible a cell phone or video camera to capture notes. 

FOLKLORICO FUN – PARENT & CHILD (AGES 3-5)
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 2/20, you may purchase a Showcase Bundle for $50. After 2/21, individual tickets are $20 per night, plus service fee.

“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 basic skirt for all regions.

Please bring (checklist):
__portable sewing machine
__15 yds of 50/50 poly/cotton fabric (broadcloth) for blouse and skirt and thread to match
__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, fabric pattern 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 ten 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.

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 ten 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 Tonatiuh, the dance of the Sun.

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.

 

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REPERTORIO: Grades K – 5

Elementary school students are divided by grade school levels into 14 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.

Repertorio Kindergarten: Chiapas, Chihuahua, Yucatan - Rosalie DeVerona

1st Grade Beg/Int: Coahuila, Veracruz, Zacatecas - Mayra Ornelas

1st Grade Beg/Int: Aguascalientes, Chiapas, Nuevo Leon - Sara Moguel

2nd Grade Beg/Int: Baja California, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa - Mayra Villalobos

2nd Grade Int/Adv: Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa - Maria Valdovinos

3rd Grade Beg/Int - Baja California, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa - Maria Cerda

3rd Grade Int/Adv - Chihuahua, Nayarit, Veracruz - Sharon Benitez

4th Grade Beg/Int: Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Sinaloa - Jenny Robles

4th Grade Int/Adv: Colima, Michoacan, Puebla - Mariana Romo

4th Grade Int/Adv: Chihuahua. Veracruz, Zacatecas - Alexander Manazanares

5th Grade Beg/Int: Baja California, Colima, Yucatan - Dr. Karina Farias

5th Grade Int: Chiapas, Jalisco, Veracruz - Yolanda Beniquez

5th Grade Int/Adv: Jalisco, Michoacan, Veracruz - Ashley Lopez

5th Grade Adv: Guerrero, Jalisco, Sinaloa - Maria de Lourdes Romero

EnrollFolklorico Jr. High: Grades 6 – 8

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

Folklorico Jr. High was created in 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 Beg: Jalisco,Veracruz - Carmen Dominguez

Folklorico Jr. High Int: Jalisco, Tamaulipas - Samuel Gonzalez Betancourt

Folklorico Jr. High Int: Michoacan, Zacatecas - Manuel Ramirez

Folklorico Jr. High Int: Chihuahua, Jalisco - Francisco Salinas

Folklorico Jr. High Adv: Nayarit, Quintana Roo - Manny Vizcarra

Folklorico Jr. High Adv: Guerrero, Veracruz - Victor Rosas

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.  Classes for advanced dancers transitioning into adulthood will have the opportunity to enroll in ‘comprehensive’ classes that will focus intensely within one state and explore its’ various regions.

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:

Azteca Dance & Drumming - David Vargas

Veracruz Jarana y Fandango - Alfredo ``Godo`` Herrera

Folklorico Music - TBA

Latin Rhythms - Alejandro Rey

Folklorico Media - Antonio Sarabia

Sew Much Fun - Alicia Mendibles

New Directors - Teresa Velez

Folklorico 101 - TBA

Folklorico High Beg/Int: Coahuila, Guerrero - Oscar Bustos

Folklorico High Beg/Int: Baja California, Sinaloa - Karlen Cordero

Folklorico High Int: Puebla, Zacatecas - Irene Hernandez

Folklorico High Int: Aguascalientes, Guerrero - Christopher Sandoval

Folklorico High Int/Adv: Sonora Bronco, Guerrero - Jaime Morales

Folklorico High Adv: Tamaulipas, Veracruz - Cindy Padilla

Folklorico High Adv: Baja California, Nuevo Leon - Juan Gil Martinez Tadeo - CLOSED 1/10

Folklorico High Adv: Sinaloa, Zacatecas - Erik Diaz

Folklorico High Adv: Sinaloa, Sonora Bronco - Martin Corella Fierro

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.

Folklorico for Veteran Adults Ages 40+ - Dr. Maria Guadalupe Castro Paramo

``Revolucion`` de Amalia Hernandez - Viviana Basanta

Folklorico 101 - TBA

New Directors - Teresa Velez

Azteca Dance & Drumming - David Vargas

Veracruz Jarana y Fandango - Alfredo Herrera

Folklorico Music for int/adv musicians - TBA

Latin Rhythms - Alejandro Rey

Folklorico Media - Antonio Sarabia

``Sew Much Fun`` - Alicia Mendibles

Baja California Norte - Anel Alvarez

Chihuahua - Jose Tena

Estado de Mexico (Tierra Caliente) - Osvaldo Ramirez

Guanajuato - Gabriel Avila

Guerrero - Rudy Garcia

Jalisco - Cecilio De Castro

Jalisco Antiguo - Ana Rosa Valle Vasquez

Michoacan - Rumaldo Valenzuela

Morelos - Jose Vences

Nayarit Costa - Ramon Olvera

Nayarit Mestizo - Luis Oceguera

Nuevo Leon - Carlos Santoyo

Puebla - Marco Antonio Sanchez

San Luis Potosi - Miguel Ponce

Sinaloa - Netza Vidal

Tamaulipas Norte - Eleazar Rodarte

Veracruz - Omar Quezada

Veracruz Huasteca - Cesar Orta

Yucatan - Sergio Sartiaguin

Zacatecas - Rafael Valpuesta