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The Legacy of Maestro Sergio Sartiaguín

Native to San Blas, Nayarit, México, Maestro Sergio Sartiaguín carries an undying passion in the study of the traditions of Nayarit, specializing in all that is related to folklorico dance and traditional music. His career in the field of Folklorico has created his legacy as a public administrator for over 30 years with innumerable cultural preservation projects in diverse areas. Dedicated to the preservation and exploration of the richness of Danza Folklorica,...

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Maestro Spotlight: Ramon Olvera

Maestro Ramon Olvera desires to preserve traditional Folklorico dance and Mexican culture alive on this side of the border, in the United States, by inspiring young dancers to embrace and explore the traditions and cultural heritage of the dances of Mexico. His passion for Folklorico in the States extends back to his deeply rooted career in Mexico. Native to the state of Nayarit in Mexico, Maestro Ramon continued his education and passion for Folklorico in various...

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Maestro Spotlight: Carlos Santoyo

One of the pioneers of Folklorico in the State of California, Carlos Santoyo, has dedicated his life to the Folklorico community. Mr. Santoyo’s legacy extends from his education in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, to the various groups he has founded and directed and his undying passion to the preservation of our culture. Maestro Carlos worked 38 years for the Sweetwater District from 1973 to 2011 as a Cultural Awareness Facilitator & Dance Instructor. During that time, he...

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Maestra Spotlight: Rosalie DeVerona

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Maestra Rosalie began her career in Folklorico at the early age of seven in 1975. For the past 31 years, she continues to study Folklorico at various workshops and conferences. She has had opportunities to study with various group directors in the United States and in Mexico. With lifelong devotion to Folklorico, Maestra DeVerona spreads her passion and knowledge at Danzantes Unidos Festival; she is also an active participant at Asociación...

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“Sew Much Fun!” Workshop at DUF 2016

Things That You Won't Want To Miss At DUF 2016:  #8 “Sew Much Fun!" Learn to make costumes from pattern to sewing! Make a practice skirt in half the time! Come take this FREE class to learn how to sew short cuts that will help you cut your work time in half. Sew smarter not harder. You will start from making your own pattern to having a finished pieces: Jalisco blouse and a practice skirt. Instructor: Director & Designer...

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Maestra Spotlight: Maria Cerda

Maestra Maria Cerda has been dancing with Teocalli, a Fresno based adult folklorico group at Teocalli Cultural Academy for about 19 years now. With Teocalli, she has participated in several events at a local and national level, including: Fiesta en la Mision, Baja California; Festival de Bailes Tradicionales de Mexico, San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, MX; International Dance Festival, Las Vegas, NV; Folkclovisco, Calidanza, Festival Los Reyes, San Diego; and Ethnic Dance...

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Maestra Spotlight: Teresa Velez

Originally from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Maestra Teresa Velez has participated in multiple groups around the state of Nuevo Leon including: Ballet Municipal de Nuevo Leon de Enrique Estrada in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Ballet Folklorico del Estado de Nuevo Leon de Jose I. Ibarra in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Instituto de Investigacion y Difusion de la Danza de Mexico Delegacion Nuevo Leon, and Ballet Folklórico Nayapan de Patricia Guerrero in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. She has extended her...

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Maestra Spotlight: Melissa Somoza

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Maestra Melissa Somoza was first fascinated with Folklorico during her sophomore year in high school after attending a school performance. That is where she began her dance career as a Folklorico dancer, at Bravo Medical Magnet High School. Within a year of learning how to dance, Maestra Melissa became one of the group’s Folklorico instructors with an opportunity to teach her fellow classmates during her senior year...

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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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