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Maestro Spotlight: Jose Vences

Jose Vences is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and director with decades of experience in Mexican folk dance. He began his dance training at sixteen while studying at the Universidad Autonoma de Morelos. In 1985, he relocated to Mexico City to begin training at the distinguished Instituto National de Bellas Artes. In 1986 he was accepted into the touring company of the world-renowned Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. In 1990, Jose came...

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Maestro Spotlight: Texomazatl David Vargas

David Vargas, also known as Texomazatl (Blue Deer) among traditional Aztec dance circles, founded the original Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance in 1988 in San Jose, CA. As Executive and Artistic Director, Texomazatl continues to lead the group as a ceremonial dance group among traditional circles and community-based performing arts groups.   For the past 30 years, Texomazatl continues to study in the traditional schools (Calmecac) of Aztec dance and music. He has taught several new...

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Amalia Viviana Basanta to Teach at DUF 2016

Danzantes Unidos is honored to offer a class with the renowned Mexican Folklorico dancer and daughter of Amalia Hernandez, Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez at DUF 2016. Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez was born in Mexico City, the daughter of Mexican choreographer, Amalia Hernandez, and Argentine writer, Joaquin Basanta Crece.  She began her dance training at the age of five, studying classical ballet under Nellie Happee. At age thirteen, Ms. Basanta Hernandez joined the National Ballet...

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New Class at DUF 2016: Folklorico Media Workshop

Things That You Won't Want To Miss At DUF 2016:  #5 It is our story, our history, that gives meaning to our art and ignites our passion to continue its practice. Folklorico Media Workshop is a new initiative by Danzantes Unidos meant to encourage participants to take full advantage of technology and various media platforms to promote their passion for dance, tell their stories and share their art. Directors of registered groups will recommend...

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UFS 2016 “Leaders Today to Create Legacies Tomorrow”

University Folklorico Summit Convenes Leaders in Collegiate Mexican Folk Dance at San Jose State University February 19-21, 2016 San Jose, CA (December 17, 2015) – The leaders of collegiate (and high school) Mexican folk dance groups in the United States will come together for the 4th Annual University Folklorico Summit UFS 2016 “Leaders Today to Create Legacies Tomorrow”.  UFS 2016 will take place on February 19 to 21, 2016 at San José State...

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A huge appreciation for our DUF 2015 Supporters, Partners and Padrino Sponsors 

Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2015 "Reconquistando el pueblo con danza y cancion" taking place on March 27, 28, & 29 at Clovis West HS in Fresno, CA is around the corner! Amidst the last minute details, check-lists, check-offs and adrenaline rush as DUF draws near, Danzantes Unidos would like to thank its supporters, partners and padrino sponsors; this year’s celebration would not be the same without their help. Alliance for California Traditional Arts,   Artemex   Ballet Folklorico Raices Mexicanas   B + Limitless...

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DUF 2015 Multimedia Art Exhibit: Celebrating the beauty of folklorico through visual media

As you are taking a stroll at Clovis West High School, we invite you to explore one of this year’s newest exhibitions that highlights and celebrates the beauty of our cultural dances.  Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2015 Multimedia Art Exhibit will feature the artwork of three visual artists whose work was inspired by their participation in the folklorico community.  They are excited and honored to present their pieces which reflect various themes...

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Cultivating a Ground Para Zapatear: Collegiate folkloristas gather to network and strategize for their communities

Article written by Rosa Angelica Castañeda Photographs taken by Richard Magaña and Rosa Angelica Castañeda In mid-February, collegiate folkloristas set their shoes aside as they connected through an educational and insightful conference. “It is really interesting to see, not just the challenges that we all face, despite how different we are; it is interesting how we can come together,” Jazmin Rodriguez stated, an undergraduate student at UC Irvine. “Now we have connections, and we’ve...

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Danzantes Unidos Announces Folklorico Dance Companies to Perform at DUF 2015 Showcase Concert Series

Three days. 52 groups.  Over 600 dancers.  Danzantes Unidos is proud to announce the  folklorico dance companies performing at this year’s Danzantes Unidos Festival DUF 2015 Showcase Concert Series on March 27-29 at Warnors Center for the Performing Arts. The Children’s Noon Showcase Concert will be held on March 28 at Clovis West High School.  Tickets for the evening performances of the Showcase Concert series can be purchased at www.warnors.com for $15...

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Danzantes Unidos and Ballet Folklorico de UCI To Host University Folklorico Summit

The University Folklórico Summit (UFS) 2015 is coming to University of California, Irvine this Saturday and Sunday, February 14-15, 2015. UFS is an initiative of Danzantes Unidos that brings together collegiate folklórico groups to empower a new generation of university leaders. This year’s theme, “Fostering leaders, enriching our communities” captures a series of educational workshops in which participants will learn how to be sustainable as a student organization and establish a long-lasting...

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