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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 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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Danzantes Unidos de California Announces Fresno as Site Location for its Annual Mexican Folk Dance Festival

Over 1,000 Mexican folk dancers across the United States are anticipated to attend the Danzantes Unidos Festival on March 27-29, 2015. Fresno, CA – November 25, 2014 – Danzantes Unidos de California, a 501(c)(3) Mexican folk dance network organization, announces the city of Fresno as the site location of its annual Mexican folk dance festival, Danzantes Unidos Festival (DUF) for 2015. Over 1,000 Mexican folk dancers across the United States are expected to...

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Danzantes Unidos president responds to Washington Times opinion

I wear my culture on a daily basis.  My research in folklorico dance and the limitless color, weave, fabric & patterns available are what first attracted me to begin seeking out and collecting prime examples of my cultural heritage.  To keep these beauties hidden away in bins would be sinful.  So, I wear my culture on daily basis. I’m generally met with compliments and questions about the origins, construction, history, etc and I’m...

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