2017 LMIDC JUDGES
Mr. Vizcarra's passion for dance began at the age of 8 when he joined "Ballet Folklorico Xochiquetzal" under the direction of Georgia Isela Mercado. Throughout the years he became interestedin other dance disciplines aside from the folk dances of Mexico .By the time he started high school, Mr. Vizcarra knew he would formpart of the theatre arts department to enhance his artistic vision.His dance classes allowed him to explore new dance styles andfundamentals. As he gained more experience in dance, he then began toassist as dance instructor for the beginner and intermediate classes inBallet Folklorico Xochiquetzal. As time went by he was promoted toPrincipal Dance Instructor of the intermediate class. In college, hecontinued to gain skills by joining the college dance program. Mr. Vizcarrawas so inspired by all of the different dance forms that led him to createhis own choreographies. He then decided it was time to take on a bigger challenge and create his own dance company. This was the origin of Tradición Dance Company. Till this day, Mr, Vizcarra continues to gain knowledge of the art form by artistically expressing himself as a professional dancer. He is a member of "Resurrección Mexican Folk" under the direction of Rafael Valpuesta. And has had the privalage of working with Amalia Viviana Basanta-Hernandez, director of "Ballet Folklorico De Mexico De Amalia Hernandez" His long term goals are to continue expanding his company's repertoire and to inspire his dancers to keep the cultural legacy alive.ude relevant degrees, experience or other special qualifications they may have.
Christopher Sandoval is one of California’s emerging, premier Mexican folk interpretive, performing artists. He is the Artistic Director of Danza Folklorica Puro Corazon, and also has left his marks of leadership and preservation as founder of Ballet Folklorico de California State University, Fullerton and the soon-to-be national organization University Folklorico Summit. For more than 7 years Mr. Sandoval has brought innovation and imagination within traditional parameters to engage his students, staff, and audience not just to preserve and promote la danza mexicana, but to use it as a proactive means to empower awareness and change in the community. Christopher has been mentored by amazing legacies in Mexican folk dance such as Benjamin Hernandez, Cecilio De Castro, Rafael Valpuesta, Rosie Pena, Gema Sandoval, and Maria Luisa Colmenarez to name a few. With such diverse exposure in the Mexican folk performing arts, he is recognized to bring the best out of his students and colleagues through commitment, collaboration, and creativity.
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Regine has had the privilege of bringing the joy of Cabaret Belly Dance,
Tribal Belly Dance, Flamenco, Mexican Folklorico, Bollywood dance, and Hip
Hop to her students all over the LA area for the last 20 years. Regine's
teaching draws from a wealth of experience: Regine has been a professional
performer since the age of eight when she began performing Mexican
Folklorico and Flamenco, the dances of her Spanish and Mexican parental
heritage. She is an Egyptian Master-trained Professional Belly Dancer and a
certified American Tribal Belly Dance Instructor (FCBD). She has toured
extensively in the United States and Hawaii. For her work as a teacher and
choreographer, Regine was awarded the California State Assembly Arts
Excellence Award and the Excellence in Arts Award in the Dance category of
the City of Torrance. As a solo artist, she is a seven-time trophy winner at
the annual Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition. Regine has also
coached several of her students to become winning performers in dance
competitions, and she directs and choreographs four performing groups.
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