Living the Culture of Mexico through the Dance

Taught by Jonathan Trejo
Assisted by María Guadalupe Hernández

August 2026, 2017

Jonathan Trejo in Class and Performance
Hold mouse over image to pause scrolling.

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 Ravel’s Boléro, Huapango de Moncayo (a symphonic work by José Pablo Moncayo), and Tchaikovsky’s 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 Jonathan’s 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

“When you led at Bearnstow I felt you were very charismatic and clear. Very versatile with many techniques that reach out to a broad range of dance styles and levels. I especially loved the physical consistency of your Horton class—it challenged me. Your class for Adriana was unexpected and broadened my understanding of the capacity for dance and empathy. I was also impressed by the way you engaged the Day Campers in their class—you clearly introduced fundamental technique while having fun; they all left smiling.”  —Ellen Oliver, dancer and choreographer, Resident Artist at Bearnstow 2016

“Jonathan hace un par de años más o menos cuando te conocí, simplemente el saber que eras alumno del gran Maestro Rafael Zamarripa, me entusiasmó muchísimo. Después de integrarme a uno de tus talleres, me fascinaste! Eres simplemente exce­lente como maestro; mucha técnica, mucho enfoque en el cuerpo total y súper ejemplo a seguir. Muy profesional y estricto! Mi hija Citlali opina lo mismo!”  —Adriana Martinez, former folklorico dancer, California

“Mi experiencia con él ha sido bastante satisfactoria, enriquecedora y por qué no formativa, su metodología para la enseñanza de la danza en la técnica Horton, es bastante buena e interesante, con usted aprendí a mover y accionar partes de mi cuerpo que muy pocas veces utilizamos de manera consiente, el desarrollo de la clase es emocionante y de forma gradual el nivel de complejidad que se maneja en la misma, aprendí demasiado de usted ya que ahora tengo una enorme curiosidad por ahondar más en esta técnica, le agradezco Maestro Jonathan excelente Licenciado en Danza Escénica orgullo de nuestra alma mater Universidad de Colima.”  —Gustavo Caudillo, bailarín profesional y Licenciado en Danza Escénica

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 bachelor’s 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
for the Ballet Folklórico of Los Angeles. For more than seven years she has taken courses and master classes throughout Mexico with such masters as Christine Dakin, Maxine Steinman, and Duane Gosa, among others. She has a bachelor’s degree in Art with a major in Stage Dance from the University of Colima.

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.

Download flier for this event (PDF):
English version or Spanish version

Contact for more information.

Apply for this workshop now:  Workshop Registration Form Summer 2017