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Patricia Astorga-Casey

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Patricia Astorga-Casey

Artistic Director/Founder/Choreographer/Barre-Pilates Instructor

Throughout her artistic career, Mrs. Astorga has undertaken various dance disciplines including classical ballet, tap, modern dance, Folklore Mexicano and Flamenco. She began her training at the early age of 7yrs old at the world-renowned school of Amalia Hernández (Ballet Folklórico de México), for 5 consecutive summers. She was one of the founding members of Ballet Folklórico de Pacifico (currently under the direction of her sister Adriana Astorga-Gainey. In 2005, she moved to Houston, Texas and formed "Sabor Mexico Theatrical Dance Co." (Folklórico Mexicano). In Houston, she presented her work at the most respected theaters, including Hobby Center (Zilka Hall), Verizon Wireless Theater and Houston's Museums.

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Stefania Gorski

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Stefania Gorski

Sabor Mexico Dance Co. (Ballet Mistress) & Soloist

Stefania Gorski has been dancing since the young age of 8. Her dance background includes flamenco, jazz, belly dancing, Hip Hop, tap and extensive ballet training from Houston Ballet. She has performed at various well-known theaters, including Miller Outdoor Theatre, Hobby Center (Zinka Hall) and Houston Museums. Throughout her flamenco training, she has taken many workshops and traveled to many cities across the U.S and Europe. Her flamenco teachers include Omayra Amaya, Juana Amaya, Manolete, Inmaculada and Domingo Ortega. In 2006 she began dancing with Patrica Astorga-Casey and joined her flamenco companies "La Esencia Flamenca" and "Sabor México Theatrical Dance Co." in Houston, Tx. In 2011 she moved to San Diego, where she continues for both companies as ballet mistress/soloist and as an instructor in the DanzArts Children’s Academy. She is currently in school achieving her degree in Liberal Arts in dance.

Catherine Kellaway

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Catherine Kellaway

Children's Flamenco Instructor & Esencia Flamenca Bailaora

Catherine Kellaway began dancing flamenco in 1999 in Albuquerque, NM at the University of New Mexico and the National Institute of Flamenco. She performed as a member of the pre-professional dance group Alma Flamenca and was an understudy with the professional dance group Yjastros. After moving to San Diego, CA in 2005 she took many classes and workshops throughout southern California and traveled to Spain to study under various professional dancers. She began dancing as a member of DanzArts’ La Esencia Flamenca in 2010 under the direction of Patricia Astorga-Casey. She has performed in a wide variety of venues throughout San Diego. In 2013 she began teaching the children’s flamenco class for DanzArts and loves sharing the art of flamenco and seeing her students grow and improve.

Juan Ayala

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Juan Ayala

Ballet Master/Asst. to the Director

Juan has trained in Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance for nine years, and on and off in Folklorico for ten years; he has also recently become a certified Yoga Sculpt Instructor. His training has been received primarily here in San Diego but also in San Francisco. Juan believes that applying a basic understanding of technique, with the strength of the body, and the purpose of culture, dancers can transcend and embody the music, stories, and ideas of all dance forms. Juan has always had a special place for Folklorico in his heart with being born Mexican in the US and being able to experience his heritage, his culture, and his passion through it. 

Tony Valencia

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Assistant to the Director & Soloist

Tony was born and raised in San Diego CA. Always had a passion for dance and started with Ballet Folklorico Ixcuintla (in San Diego) at age 7. In 2011 joined Sabor Mexico Theatrical Company and have been a seasoned dancer as well as teaching the children’s Dance Academy. Tony has worked in Radio and TV since 2005 as Promotions Director & On-Air talent. Currently On-Air Talent on “Z90” (“Local Media of America”) & Production for “M.T.V”. Giving back to our community is always a must and also serves as a Trustee for “Spreckels Organ Society” (Balboa Park) since 2015. By dance, we hope to help preserve our roots, culture, and traditions. After 26 years of dancing, it is important to encourage new generations to express themselves in dance and hold them to the highest standard in representing our culture.

Mariann Sanchez

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Mariann Sanchez

Flamenco Dance Instructor

Mariann Sanchez was born in México City and raised in San Diego. She has both a B.A. and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego and is currently employed at the University of San Diego. In 2010, Mariann joined Danzarts and became a company dancer in both of La Esencia Flamenca and Sabor México Theatrical Company. To date, Mariann has been fortunate to have been able to study in Spain and San Diego with Flamenco masters such as Domingo Ortega, Farruquito, Oscar Valero, María Serrano, Emilio Ochando, and Jesús Carmona. Additionally, she has been able to collaborate and perform with tremendously talented local artists. As a dancer, her goal is to transmit the love and passion she feels for this art form while educating the audiences about its history and culture. As the Vice President and company member of Danzarts, Mariann is constantly seeking out different opportunities for offering affordable classes, scholarships, community performances and creative collaborations. This year Mariann had the privilege of co-producing a show called “Drums & Strings of the World,” with Patricia Astorga Casey, a collaboration of live Music and Dance from México, Spain and West Africa.

DanzArts is a non-profit organization which provides a creative and relevant space for artistic and cultural expression, as well as preserving and raising cultural awareness of Mexico and Spain by giving back to the San Diego County community through dance and music.