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It's All About Folklorico blogger Sabrina Valles (left) and Christopher Sandoval at Danzantes Unidos Festival 2014

It’s All About Folklorico blogger Sabrina Valles (left) and Christopher Sandoval at Danzantes Unidos Festival 2014

(Disclosure: I am the Marketing Director of Danzantes Unidos de California, the organization that hosts Danzantes Unidos Festival)

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 attend the three-day event on March 27-29, 2015.

The 2015 Festival will offer over 50 Mexican folk dance workshops to participants of all ages and skill levels at Clovis West High School in Fresno. Each workshop will highlight the music and dances of specific regions in Mexico.  Danzantes Unidos de California will select maestros to educate the participants on the dances, history and culture of the region over a two-day period.  On the last day of workshops, the participants will perform one of the dances learned to their family, friends and the folklorico community.  Participating dance organizations will have the opportunity to feature their repertoire at the DUF Showcase Concert series scheduled each night of the festival at Warnors Center for the Performing Arts.

In addition to the cultural dance workshops and the DUF Showcase Concert series, DUF 2015 will host a variety of cultural activities throughout the weekend that will be free and open to the general public.  The cultural activities open to the public include:

  • DUF Mercado
  • DUF Multimedia Lecture Hall
  • DUF Fandango
  • DUF Concierto de los Niños
  • DUF Ofrendas y Altares
  • DUF University Meet and Greet

This is the fifth consecutive year DUF will be held in Fresno, and the 12th year in the festival’s 36 year history.  Fresno has been selected as the site location more times than any other city. Danzantes Unidos de California board of directors and staff will work alongside local folklorico groups and volunteers to run the festival.  Anyone interested in participating in the Danzantes Unidos Festival 2015 activities are encouraged to visit http://www.danzantes.org and follow its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for additional information.

Correction: December 6, 2014

An earlier version of this article misstated the number of years Danzantes Unidos Festival was held in Fresno. This is the fifth consecutive year DUF will be held in Fresno; not the fourth consecutive year as originally noted in the article.

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Rhythmo Mariachi Kids at Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2014

Grandma and I at the Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2014

On Saturday, October 11, I had the opportunity to attend the Anaheim Mariachi Festival at the Pearson Park Amphitheatre.  I wouldn’t have known about the event if it wasn’t for Oscar of Folklórico Page and his great coverage and promotion of cultural and folklorico events. (You should follow him if you haven’t already)  I invited my grandma, one of the reasons why I began my folklorico journey, to accompany me at this local event.  I really liked how the event featured young and local mariachi groups and how the folklorico group showcased different regions.  In addition to, all of the proceeds benefited Rhythmo Inc Mariachi Academy, an Anaheim based non-profit dedicated to teaching youth about the Mexican culture through mariachi music.  My grandma and I had a fantastic night out and cannot wait to attend the event next year.  To learn more about Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2014, visit www.anaheimmariachi.com.  Check out some photos from this year’s event below.

Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2014 programMonica Rojas and Mariachi Camino Real at Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2014

Ivette Sanchez and Mariachi Anacatlán at Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2014

Ballet Folklorico Tierra de Sol at Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2014

Ballet Folklorico Tierra de Sol at Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2014

The Las Vegas Mariachi and Baile Folklorico Conference offers workshops and a performance opportunity at the Las Vegas International Mariachi Festival.

Once again, approximately 250 folklorico dancers and mariachi musicians will learn and perfect choreography and music at the third annual Las Vegas Mariachi and Baile Folklorico Conference.  Hosted by Arizona-based CHISPA Foundation, the conference will occur on September 18 through 20, 2014 at Harrah’s Resort and Casino.

At the end of the conference, all of the participants will take the stage at the Las Vegas International Mariachi Festival on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Axis Theatre in Planet Hollywood.

“The opportunity to perform on the Planet Hollywood Axis Theatre is just an experience within itself…it is very exciting to be apart of it,” said Julie Gallego, Executive Director of the CHISPA Foundation.

This year, Silvia Lozano of Mexico City will be the Baile Folklorico director and her dancers from her company, Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México Aztlán will instruct the Master and Advanced folklorico workshops.  Lozano is very interested in young people and their knowledge about our culture, dance, music, costumes and the meaning behind them.  “The moment they know their own culture, that thing is going to give them an identity which is very important,” said Lozano.

Last year’s participant Michael Cervantez is excited to attend the Las Vegas Mariachi and Baile Folklorico Conference again and to learn from Silvia Lozano this year.  “I have seen her stuff. Her dances are beautiful and I am looking forward to learning from her,” said Cervantez.

Last year’s conference attracted 220 participants from across the U.S. and Canada and this year’s folklorico participants will learn dances from several regions of Mexico including Jalisco and Yucatan.  For more information about the Las Vegas Mariachi and Baile Folklorico Conference, visit www.lasvegasmariachiconference.com.

Photos provided and used with permission by CHISPA Foundation.

I am super excited to be attending ¡Viva Fest! 2014 on July 25 – August 1 in San Jose, California. For those who don’t know, ¡Viva Fest! is San Jose’s annual Mexican Heritage and Mariachi Festival hosted by the Mexican Heritage Corporation.  This event features quality music and dance workshops that educate its attendees about the Mexican culture. This event has a lot in store for participants attending the 23rd annual event. Listed below is the top 5 reasons why folklóristas should attend ¡Viva Fest! 2014.

5. Networking with the folklórico community – Meeting people is very beneficial for one’s personal and professional life. I love networking with the folklórico community because we all share a common bond and passion. I am always amazed by the number of folklóristas I meet at the festivals/conferences and learning our six degrees of separation. Wherever you go, I feel a folklórista can find a folklórista to visit. I will be seeing my Nor Cal folklórista friends when I am at ¡Viva Fest!.

4. The Location – San Jose is about an hour away from San Francisco and is a great place to visit for all ages.  There are many events happening in Downtown San Jose throughout the month of July.  I plan to see The Tech Museum of Innovation and to explore the nightlife in Downtown San Jose.  I also want to make a pit stop at Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

The Tech Museum of Innovation Pier 39 San Francisco

3. The Price – According to the ¡Viva Fest! website, the registration fee for the dance workshops is $85 from July 1- July 20.  After July 20, the registration fee is $150.  If you do the math, it will cost about $12 to $13 a day for the classes.  I paid about $150 dollars for round-trip airfare from LAX/SNA to San Jose Airport.  I am hoping to pay $80-$90 per night on a hotel room and if multiple people share a room, it becomes cheaper.

Low Price

2. Quality Folklórico Instruction – Maria Luisa Colmenarez and Jose Tena are very influential maestros within the folklórico community.  They have done their own research on the different Mexican folk dance regions and have developed innovative choreographies. They both co-choreographed the Unofficial Guinness World Record for the Largest Mexican Folk Dance at Danzantes Unidos.  As maestros, they teach the steps and the cultural significance behind them.

My folklórico family jose tena

(I also heard that Rudy García will be guest teaching as well.)

1. An opportunity to perform with Mariachi Sol de Mexíco and Symphony Silicon Valley – I grew up listening to Mariachi Sol de Mexíco in my grandma’s car which makes this opportunity a dream come true for me.  All workshop participants will perform at the ¡Viva Fest! concert at San Jose State University on August 1.  I am positive every folklórista loves the opportunity to perform on a big stage with a live mariachi.  Do not forget your rancheras and your charros!

Mariachi-Sol-De-Mexico-De-Jose-Hernandez_583x336 Symphony Silicon Valley

If networking with the folklórico community, San Jose, a low price, quality folklórico instruction and an opportunity to perform with Mariachi Sol de Mexíco and Symphony Silicon Valley sounds appealing to you, you should attend ¡Viva Fest! .  As a folklórista blogger, it is my duty to inform you of quality workshops that will teach you about the Mexican culture and benefit you as a dancer.

For more information about ¡Viva Fest!, visit vivafest.org.

University Folklorico Summit

I will be attending the first annual University Folklorico Summit on February 15-17 at UCR. I am so excited to spend an entire weekend talking about my passion folklorico through an educational standpoint. In addition to, I am on the committee to help bring the summit to life. I am the co-coordinator of social media. I am currently handling the summit’s Facebook, twitter, and blog. Pretty soon, instagram and youtube will be added to mix. In addition to, I am one of the emcees for this year’s summit. Chris Sandoval, a fellow CSUF student and I will be leading discussion forums and rallies for the participants. If you are interested in signing up, click here . Registration costs $4o.
I cannot wait to meet all my fellow folkloristas!