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Patricia Astorga-Casey

Patricia Astorga-Casey

Artistic Director/Founder/Choreographer

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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Mariann Sanchez

Mariann Sanchez

Vice President/Treasurer

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, collaboration of live Music and Dance from México, Spain and West Africa.

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Patricia Cuevas

Patricia Cuevas

Community Partners Liaison

Ms. Cueva from San Diego, has always had a passion for the Arts. In 1998 she formed the Ballet Folklorico Tapatio (A Logan Heights Community based group) that performed at local Events. Ms. Cueva taught Ballet Folklórico for 22 years. Ms. Cueva has been very involved in local San Diego organizations such as creating the Logan Height Neighborhood Council, board member of Sherman height community center, Our Lady's school Alumni Association, and a few more. Her professional background includes Bilingual Studies, Child Development and a Bachelors in Human Resources. Ms Cueva loves being a member Danzarts because she wants to help promote the importance of the Arts through music and dance and this dance company is a perfect example of the arts. She especially enjoys the diversity of cultures DanzArts has within its dance company.

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Monica Ferraro

Monica Ferraro

Business Development

San Jose State University, B.S. International Business/Minor: Latin America Studies 1989 Community advocacy activities focused on improving the lives of children have been a part of Monica's life since the early 90's starting with the Bay Area Big Sister's organization and later, the San Diego Chapter. After relocating to San Diego, she taught Sunday school for over 12 years at several local Catholic churches followed by participation in AWANA's. Employing her 20+ years of experience in the technology sector with such companies as Motorola and Hewlett Packard, several San Diego nonprofits have utilized her Marketing/PR, Community Development/Outreach and Grant Writing expertise: Project Concern International, Birthline Pregnancy Support Centers, Maranatha Christian Schools and DanzArts Children's Academy. Of greater focus in the last two years is securing DanzArts as a cultural arts pillar in the community. Being a part of the DanzArts family is EXCITING because there are numerous opportunities to bring Patricia's vision of a world class academy to fruition; ultimately sharing the vibrant plethora of Latin cultures with ALL our inner city neighborhoods and one day, the world!

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DanzArts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Mexico & Spain’s heritage by raising cultural awareness and giving back to the community through dance.