Workshops: Sunnyside High School, 1019 South Peach Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727
Concerts: Roosevelt High School Theater, 4250 E Tulare Ave, Fresno, CA 93702
DUF 2020 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 2020 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.
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 “Huilotl” La Paloma /Partners Danza, Huehuetl (Drums) and Ayacaztli-(hand rattles).
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.
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.
Danzantes Unidos is honored to welcome back Maestra Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez teaching another iconic dance suite from the repertoire of the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez: “Boda en La Huasteca”.
Located in northeastern México, the Huasteca region is a land surrounded by tall boulders, flat plains and an extreme climate. Just like the land, its inhabitants are subject to extreme emotions that go from tenderness and love to passion and a violent hatred.
This suite tells the story about a young male rancher or vaquero indio (indigenous cowboy) who is on his way to his wedding where he meets a charming young indigenous girl. Not able to resist the temptation of her romance, the two individuals exchange a passionate encounter. Meanwhile at the village church, the bride who awaits her future husband initiates the nuptial dance in which she is crowned with the traditional nuptial flower corsage.
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.
Director & Designer Alicia Mendibles, Paso de Oro Dance Company; 5x winner of Best Costume Design Award leads you through Costume Design & Construction “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 twelve members, qualify for a ‘free pass’ to attend this class for themselves or a designated representative. It will be YOUR responsibility to contact email@example.com to obtain the pass code and register for this class before it fills up.
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.
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 - Chiapas, Guerrero, Sinaloa - Sara Moguel
1st Grade Int/Adv - Jalisco, Sinaloa, Veracruz - Susana Hinojosa
2nd Grade Beg/Int - Campeche, Guerrero, Jalisco - Mayra Villalobos
2nd Grade Int/Adv - Baja California, Michoacan, Sinaloa - Maria Valdovinos
3rd Grade Int - Chihuahua, Nayarit, Veracruz - Mayra Sosa Ornelas
3rd Grade Int - Baja California, Nuevo Leon, Yucatan - Maria Cerda
3rd Grade Int/Adv - Colima, Hidalgo, Veracruz - Sharon Benitez
4th Grade Beg/Int: Colima, Durango, Oaxaca - Maia Gonzalez
4th Grade Int - Jalisco, Sinaloa, Veracruz - John Gonzalez
4th Grade Int/Adv - Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas - Mariana Romo
4th Grade Adv - Baja California, Guerrero, Veracruz - Christopher Sandoval
5th Grade Int - Guerrero, Hidalgo, Veracruz - Christina Reynaga
5th Grade Int - Aguascalientes, Campeche, Yucatan - Dr. Karina Farias
5th Grade Int/Adv - San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Veracruz - Guillermo Mendez
5th Grade Adv - Jalisco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz - Kevin Mendoza
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.
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 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. Folklorico Jr. High students must show their school ID to be admitted into the classroom. Homeschooled students may present a copy of their birth certificate as proof of age.
Folklorico Jr. High Beg/Int - Jalisco, Nuevo Leon - Yolanda Beniquez
Folklorico Jr. High Beg/Int - Chihuahua, Jalisco - Manuel Ramirez
Folklorico Jr. High Int - Coahuila, Jalisco - Francisco Salinas
Folklorico Jr. HIgh Int - Michoacan, Yucatan - Irvind Garcia
Folklorico Jr. High Int/Adv - Sinaloa, Tamaulipas - Samuel Betancourt
Folklorico Jr. High Int/Adv - Campeche, Veracruz - Genesis Ibañez
Folklorico Jr. High Adv - Aguascalientes, Michoacan - Victor Rosas
Folklorico Jr. High Adv - Jalisco, Nayarit, Sinaloa - Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Folklorico Jr. High Adv - Tamaulipas, Quintana Roo - Manny Vizcarra
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
Latin Rhythms - Alejandro Rey
Sew Much Fun - Alicia Mendibles
Folklorico 101 - Rosemarie Olais Pantoja
Folklorico High Beg/Int - Baja California, Sinaloa - Anel Alvarez
Folklorico HIgh Int - Colima, San Luis Potosi - Hector Gonzalez
Folklorico High Int - Jalisco, Puebla - Blanca Soto
Folklorico High Int - Oaxaca, Sinaloa - Jenny Robles
Folklorico High Int- Oaxaca, San Luis Potosi - Sergio Sartiaguin
Folklorico High Int- Campeche, Michoacan - Mahdi 'Nino Carrillo' Najmi
Folklorico High Int/Adv - Nayarit, Yucatan - Ashley Lopez
Folklorico HIgh Int/Adv - San Luis Potosi, Veracruz - Gabriel Avila
Folklorico High Int/Adv - Chihuahua, Sinaloa - Jaime Morales
Folklorico High Adv - Chihuahua, Durango - Ignacio Hernandez
Folklorico High Adv - Durango, Yucatan - Erik Diaz
Folklorico High Adv - Hidalgo, Tamaulipas - Cindy Padilla
Folklorico High Adv - Queretaro, Zacatecas - Irene Hernandez
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.
Azteca Dance & Drumming - David Vargas
'Boda en La Huasteca' - Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez
Folklorico 101 - Rosemarie Olais Pantoja
Latin Rhythms - Alejandro Rey
'Sew Much Fun' - Alicia Mendibles
Baja California - Juan Gil Martinez Tadeo
Chiapas - Ana Rosa Valle Vasquez
Chihuahua - Jose Tena
Coahuila - Osvaldo Ramirez
Durango - Eleazar Rodarte
Guerrero - Omar Quezada
Jalisco - Marco Antonio Sanchez
Michoacan - Rumaldo Valenzuela
Nayarit Costa - Ramon Olvera
Nuevo Leon - Rudy Garcia
Oaxaca - TBA
Queretaro - Cesar Orta
San Luis Potosi - Luis Oceguera
Sinaloa - Carlos Santoyo
Veracruz - Willebaldo Galvan Ruiz
Tamaulipas Norte - Miguel Ponce
Yucatan - Rafael Valpuesta
Zacatecas - Netza Vidal