Festival Sin Fronteras MICHOACAN 2019 - Danzantes Unidos®
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Danzantes Unidos invites you to an adventure beyond compare.

A true folklorico expedition to the root source!


July 22 -27

Danzantes Unidos in collaboration with the honorable Ayuntamiento Casa de Cultura y Direccion de Cultura de Patzcuaro & Maestro Romualdo Valenzuela of Patzcuaro, Michoacan present a Summer seminar in music, dance & crafts in Patzcuaro, Michoacan from July 22 to July 27, 2019. FESTIVAL SIN FRONTERAS: Michoacan 2019 will include movement sessions, music and language (in Spanish & Purepecha), folk handicrafts, evening performances, with the focal point of the research being “Sones y danzas tradicionales de Michoacan”.

La Organización Cultural Estadounidense Danzantes Unidos a través del “Festival Sin Fronteras Michoacan 2019” en coordinación con el honorable Ayuntamiento Casa de Cultura y Direccion de Cultura de Patzcuaro & Maestro Romualdo Valenzuela of Patzcuaro, Michoacan, con el propósito de contribuir en la profesionalización de estudiantes, ejecutantes y especialistas radicados en los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica convocan al Seminario teórico práctico de la tradición dancística  por efectuarse en la  Ciudad de Patzcuaro, Michoacan, del 22 de Julio al 27 de Julio, 2019.

Laca – Laquerware

Bordado Tipico

Taller de Vestuario

Taller de Vestuario

Categories & Registration Fees:

A) Dance Program
B) Crafts Program
C) Music Program
D) Full Program (moving between tracks A, B & C)
E) Companion (non-workshop; late afternoon/evening activities)

Registration fees for Tracks A, B & C:
Early Registration ends Tuesday, May 28 – $265
Regular Registration ends Thursday , June 27 – $285
Late Registration ends Wednesday, July 17 – $300
Onsite Registration will NOT be available.

Registration fee for Track D:
Early Registration ends Tuesday, May 28 – $275
Regular Registration ends Thursday , June 27 – $295
Late Registration is not available for this track.

Onsite Registration will NOT be available.

Companion Rate is $200 and is available ONLY until Wednesday, July 17th .

Please note that space is limited for this event and that registration deadlines apply ONLY until capacity is reached. Persons enrolling in the Full Program will be sent an additional form to select classes.

HOW TO REGISTER: Please read carefully.  On the first line of the payment portal, please enter “FSF2019” followed by your date of birth-month, date, year (00/00/0000). Example:  FSF2019-01/01/2001.  In the comments section, please indicate which track you are registering for and your years of experience.  If you are signing up for music, additionally add which instrument(s) you are playing: violin, vihuela, guitarron, guitarra, bajo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

SERIOUS dancers, musicians, educators, group directors, researchers & folk artists (ages 16 and over) interested in studying Mexican folk dance and culture at the root source. The Instructors are all practicing artists from the communities they represent. This program has been developed specifically as a vehicle to respectfully approach, learn from and interact with the indigenous and mestizo communities. All classes will be in Español.  Classes are available in Dance, Music & Artesanias; as well as, a Companion Track for those joining in on evening activities. Dancers & Musicians must have at least two years of experience and be at an intermediate/advanced skill level. Since space is so limited–anyone taking a spot is expected to fully commit to attending all classes ON TIME.

What is included in the registration fee?

Welcome Reception with dinner, local cultural tour, evening concerts, lectures, field excursion to neighboring towns, workshops in dance/music/crafts.

Companions–all of the above, minus the workshops.

Hotel, travel and meals are on your own.

You might wonder . . . why does the price go up?  It is an enticement to get you to commit to the project.  We are making preparations in Patzcuaro that must be done in anticipation according to the numbers of persons that will participate.  Your commitment to the project at an earlier date will ensure that we are aptly prepared to receive you in Mexico.  To the same end, registrations will be capped in each track when we have reached capacity.

What is the best way to get there?

Morelia (MLM). Morelia is the closest airport and some US cities provide direct flights.  Once you arrive and before you exit the terminal on the left-hand side, there is a stand inside the airport to buy your ticket for the official taxis. You can either take the taxi to the bus station or direct to Patzcuaro.  If you opt for the bus, go to the second class terminal where buses leave every 15 minutes or so to Patzcuaro. If you are told that a bus won’t be leaving for hours, that means you are in the first class terminal–go to the second class terminal. If you have more money than time, you can take a taxi from the Airport all the way to Patzcuaro.  This might be the fastest option–and economical if you can split the fare with others. Travel: 1 hour bus ride to Patzcuaro; 45 minutes by taxi.

Uruapan (UPN) You can fly to Uruapan from Tijuana and take a bus or taxi to Patzcuaro.   Travel: 1 hour bus ride to Patzcuaro; 45 minutes by taxi.

Guadalajara (GDL). Flights to GDL are typically less expensive than flights to MLM. Fly to Guadalajara and take a taxi to the bus station. Travel: 5 hour bus ride to Patzcuaro.

Mexico City (MEX). Flights to MEX are typically the least expensive option. Travel: 5 hour bus ride to Patzcuaro.

If you are interested in the project, please join our FaceBook Festival Sin Fronteras Event Page for up to the minute information.

Where can I stay?

There are many nice, clean & economic hotels in Patzcuaro. You will need to contact the hotel to confirm rates and availability:

Where to stay in Patzcuaro


Our workshop classes will be held at La Casa de La Cultura in the Sports Complex (Unidad Deportiva), Acapulco, Unidad Deportiva, 61600 Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico.  Click here for Nearby Hotels.  However, if you want to experience the historic Patzcuaro, we would recommend that you attempt to get a hotel near the Plaza Grande or the Plaza Chica.  Any hotel in the central area will be walking distance to historical sites, restaurants and shopping.  Please read the reviews by other hotel guests to know what to expect. Below are some recommendations from Maestro Aldo.  Also, be aware that there are two hotels with the same name and two locations. There are TWO Hotel Mision Patzcuaro and there are TWO Posada de Don Vasco–please check the map and ensure that you are getting the location that you desire.  Also, cannot stress enough that you lock in your rooms ASAP as there is a YUGE festival coming in at the tail end of ours–Festival de Cantoya (international paper lantern festival)


In the Historic District:

Hotel Mision Patzcuaro
Alvaro Obregon 10
Col. Centro, 61600
Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico


Hotel La Parroquia
Padre Lloreda #24
Plaza Gertrudis Bocanegra
Col. Centro, 61600
Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico
[email protected]


Hotel Mision San Manuel

Aldama 12,
Col. Centro, 61600
Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico


Near the Sports Complex:

Hotel Mision Patzcuar0

Avenida Lázaro Cárdenas 321,
Col. Centro, 61600
Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico


Best Western Plus Posada de Don Vasco

Calle Prol Lázaro Cárdenas 450
Col. Centro, 61600
Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico


Hotel Posada de Don Vasco

Calle Prol Lázaro Cárdenas 509
Col. Centro, 61600
Pátzcuaro, Mich., Mexico

Are you ready for international travel?

You must prove that you are a legal resident of the United States, not a citizen, to get in to and out of Mexico. Americans returning from Mexico require a passport, or birth certificate, or resident alien or a SENTRI card. If you travel by air, you must have a valid passport for travel in both directions.  Is your PASSPORT in order?  What is the quickest way to get a passport?

Headsup for future travel! A real ID is a form of identification that meets increased security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards. Travelers will be required to provide either a real ID or another TSA-approved form of identification in order to fly after October 1, 2020

The Fine Print

There will be absolutely NO REFUNDS on registration orders once they are placed. Please be sure that your travel documents are in order.

Photo & Video Policy – Photographs are permitted in class, however, Danzantes Unidos reserves ALL videotaping rights inside festival workshops.

More about Michoacan:

We hope that you will join us for this memorable excursion into one of Mexico’s most beautiful colonial cities.

While you contemplate your adventure, be sure to visit these links:

Patzcuaro, Michoacan Sin Postal – Patzcuaro en Michoacan es un bello pueblo mágico, lleno de historia, gastronomía, arquitectura y tradiciones.

Patzcuaro y Janitzio – Costo X Destino – Pátzcuaro y Janitzio son lugares fascinantes que presume nuestra herencia prehispánica y colonial. Visitarlos es sumergirse al pasado para conocer más sobre la riqueza histórica de estos sitios.

Michoacan Encanto y Belleza

Danza de Kurpites –Danza de los Kúrpites de San Juan Nuevo durante el XLV Concurso Artístico de la Raza P’urhépecha realizado el día 18 de octubre en Zacán, municipio no de Los Reyes, Michoacán.

Tsitsik Sapichu – Autor: Tata Hugo Cuiriz Fabian, integrante de la orquesta Tata Vasco de Santa Fe de la Laguna en el Encuentro de Pireris en Comachuen 2011

Festival de Cantoya – The International Festival de Cantoya will be held from June 19-21 in Patzcuaro, Michoacan.  Arrive early to witness the launch of thousands of paper lanterns all over town. Be sure to reserve your hotel TODAY before they are gone.