Jenny Robles was born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her love for the performing arts started at an early age. In her family, dance is a form of living and an everyday part of the culture. Ms. Robles has been dancing for sixteen years and teaching Folklorico dance from the state of Oaxaca to children and adults for the past six years. In 2009, Jenny Robles joined Esperanza del Valle Dance Company and danced under the direction of the late Maestro Ramon 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, California.
Jenny Robles is a member of the non-profit, Organization Senderos, formerly known as Vive Oaxaca. She is the Artistic Director of Centeotl Danza y Baile in Santa Cruz, California. In 2007, Ms. Robles was elected by the Oaxacan community of California to serve as La Diosa Centeotl USA (Corn Goddess) in Los Angeles. During this time, she traveled to Oaxaca to study, and learn first-hand the dances from the Pueblos, from people in specific towns. Jenny 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 a member of the Instituto de Investigacion de la Danza Mexicana, which allows her to continue refining her studies and broadening her knowledge of Baile Folklorico of Mexico.
It is Ms. Robles goal to continue to respectfully share and teach Mexico’s cultural traditions to future generations. Jenny Robles enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge of Mexican folkloric dance to her students and the greater community.
At DUF 2016
Maestra Robles will be teaching the region of Oaxaca for ages 18+ at an intermediate/advanced level.