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  • Gema Sandoval is a Performing Diaspora Resident Artist at CountePULSE. See her and Danza Floricanto/USA at weekend 1 of Performing Diaspora, November 12-15. Buy tickets now! Floricanto’s Journey at CounterPULSE Although I have worked as a dance artist and choreographer for over 30 years, I am still a neophyte to many aspects of the creative […]

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  • When you choreograph folk dance and work to transfer movement from its natural habitat to the stage the considerations are: : Is the representation accurate? Am I being true to the spirit of the dance? Have I accurately reflected the integrity and idiosyncracy of the music, dance and people of that area? As important as […]

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  • Mexican folk dance has been a part of California since the the late 18th century. In those days the itinerant dance “maestro” went from Rancho to Rancho teaching the latest European dance fads to a multigeneretional clientele. When the Californios held their “meriendas” and “bailes”, this was the perfect opportunity for every elegible bachelor and […]

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