Maestro Spotlight - Rafael Valpuesta - Danzantes Unidos®
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Maestro Spotlight – Rafael Valpuesta

Img 0247Rafael Valpuesta has served as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Resurrección Mexican Folk since 1998. Mr. Valpuesta’s extensive dance training has allowed him to create a stylized and theatrical interpretation of Mexican folk dance.  Dedicated to teaching the beautiful dances of México to the youth of his community, he shares his knowledge accumulated from more than 30 years of dance and directing experience with renowned teachers and organizations.

Img 1662Mr. Valpuesta began his dance career at the age of seven under the direction of Alberto Muriel.  During the early years of his dance career, he learned the folk dances of México with great professionalism far beyond his age. At the age of 17, Mr. Valpuesta began his professional dance career when he was given the opportunity to teach his fellow classmates and to direct his alma mater’s Mexican folk troupe at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles.

Mr. Valpuesta has traveled throughout the United States and Europe to promote the Mexican culture through dance.  He has danced with many renowned Los Angeles-based companies including Pacifico Dance Company and Grandeza Mexicana to name a few. He has also worked with great dance master artists in different dance disciplines including José Vences of Grandeza Mexicana; Viviana Basanta-Hernández of the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández; Davincci Burkes, former Alvin Ailey soloist; and Juana Amaya, under who he learned the art of flamenco in Seville, Spain.  In addition to directing Resurrección Mexican Folk, Mr. Valpuesta has directed several local dance companies like Folklorico Mi Tierra of Mariachi U.S.A., Ballet Folklórico Imperio Azteca and Ballet Folklórico Mis Raíces.  He also conducts many workshops throughout the country.


At DUF 2017

“Campeche Sarao” (Adults, 18+)

The folk dances of Campeche were created as a result of the largest religious festival in the state; the famous “Carnaval de Campeche. Carnaval was introduced in 1582. By 1688, the annual event featured orchestras and in 1815, formal dances called “Saraos” were organized which originally were held only in the homes of the elite. Later in the 19th century, events in the streets for the masses became popular, with the various neighborhoods of the city organizing their own events. Eventually, these merged into a city-wide celebration featuring various traditional dances such as Baile del Pavo, Son de la Guaranducha, the fandango, fandanguillo and various forms of tropical jaranas. Sarao is strongly influenced by Spanish music and dances that entered the state after the Spanish conquest.

-Jarabe Criollo


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