Corazón de México: "The Heart of Mexico" Dance & Live Music Spectacular at Bob Hope Theater
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The last date listed for Corazón de México was Sunday May 22, 2011 / 3:00pm.
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Learn more about Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes at their website.
A highly valued cultural and artistic resource throughout the western United States as well as in international markets, the Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes boasts a repertoire that includes traditional folkloric dance pieces as well as indigenous rituals that are fused with elements from contemporary movement. Last December, their sold-our performances of the “Posada Navideña” at the historic Crest Theatre (Sacramento, CA), The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts(Santa Rosa, CA) )and The Gallo Center (Modesto, CA) won rave reviews and an immediate return engagements for holiday time in 2011.
Formerly known as the Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes, the performing arm of the IMBA changed its name to Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes (CMBA) in order to differentiate its training academy and other organizational activities from its professional performance group.
Steven Valencia, Artistic Director *
Steven Valencia, a Sacramento native, has always been greatly interested in his heritage and its artistic expressions. He began his training in Mexican folk dance at the early age of eight and subsequently approached his dance training with an eye towards inclusiveness and diversity. Apropos this perspective, Steven spent two semesters at San Jose State University studying Limon modern dance technique while also dancing folklórico with the famed Los Lupeños de San Jose. In his numerous travels to Mexico, he trained with the prestigious folklórico dance departments at the Universidad de Guadalajara, the Universidad de Colima, and the Universidad Veracruzana. His studies have further extended to the Ballet Folklórico de México, Ensambles de San Francisco, with the notable maestro Zenón Barron, and the National Folkloric Organization ANGF. As a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at Sacramento State University, Steven studied classical ballet as well as Graham, Duncan and other modern techniques in the dance department at that institution.
Mr. Valencia’s has taught dance to at-risk youth in a Gang Violence Reduction Project at Sacramento’s McClatchy High School, at workshops for dance convocations of Danzantes Unidos de California—a folklórico membership organization— as well as in workshops and master classes for schools, professional dance companies and community agencies throughout northern California. He has been the major artistic voice behind three Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes productions: “Mosaico,” “Posada Navideña” and “Corazon de Mexico,” all of which have been presented at some of California’s most prestigious venues.