Living the Culture of Mexico through the Dance
Jonathan Trejo in Class and Performance
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Mexico is home to a variety of climates and fauna and flora, and has a diversity of music and dance that has made it culturally rich and full of color. Mexican folkloric dance is a wide mixture of cultures, including Arab, Christian, African and Caribbean influences that fuse to create the immense scale of traditions of dance and music celebrated during holidays across the length and breadth of the country. It is this great cultural mosaic that has identified Mexico throughout the world.
This workshop will focus on Mexican folk dance and is divided in two parts: a traditional section that will include dances from various regions of Mexico and with a variety of rhythms, and a creative part where we will explore Ravels Boléro, Huapango de Moncayo (a symphonic work by José Pablo Moncayo), and Tchaikovskys Waltz of the Flowers where the motives for movement are inspired by the aesthetics of Maestro Rafael Zamarripa.
The workshop will conclude with a formal Mexican Folklórico performance on Saturday, August 26, at the Union Hall in Vienna, Maine.
Comments from dancers who have taken Jonathans classes :
My experience with the workshops that you have given me have been nothing but a huge pleasure! You are very professional, knowledgeable, and know how to make the class fun and entertaining, and above all, super respectful! I am immensely happy with what you have taught me, for it has helped me grow so much as a folklorico dancer. You have inspired me to continue growing in the field of folkorico, and I am sure you will continue to do so for others! Victor Alvarez, dancer, Ballet Folklórico of Los Angeles
Jonathan Trejo, from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is a professional dancer at Ballet Folklórico of the University of Colima, Mexico, and is a consultant, choreographer and honorary assistant director for Ballet Folklórico of Los Angeles. He also teaches art in elementary school in Colima. He has a bachelors degree in Art with major in Stage Dance from the University of Colima.
Jonathan has been dancing his entire life. After beginning foklorico with a small group in his hometown, he began his study as professional at the University of Colima with the great Mexican artist Rafael Zamarripa (choreographer, sculptor, artist, director). From there, he continued with several courses, workshops and seminars with such masters as Christine Dakin, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Julius Brewster-Cotton, Duane Gosa, among others.
Jonathan has been teaching and promoting the Mexican folk dance and Zapateado technique in California, Nevada and Texas as well as in Mexico. He specializes in the training of Mexican folk dancers, dance for children, stage lighting, and in creating movement from the exploration of emotion and energy.
María Guadalupe Hernández is a professional dancer for the Ballet Folklórico of the University of Colima and has been a guest artist
Maria specializes in education and artistic training for children and teaches preschool, elementary and middle school students in Colima. She is also a teacher, choreographer and assistant director for the Children's Ballet Folklórico of Colima.
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