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Danzantes Unidos Festival 2020

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  • $130.00Ends: December 15, 2021
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DUF 2020 Workshops

Selection Guidelines




April 3, 4 & 5


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.



  • When you enroll to participate in a DUF 2020 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 2020 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 2020 offers 60+ workshops divided by age and level

Following is a complete listing of class offerings for DUF 2020.  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 2020 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.


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 protected] 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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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