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Patricia Astorga-Casey

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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Mariann Sanchez

Mariann Sanchez

Vice President

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.

Tracy Kuhns

Tracy Kuhn


Although Tracy’s roots aren’t directly stemmed from Latin America, she has loved the culture since childhood. She was born and raised in beautiful San Diego and has been married since 2004 to her husband of Hispanic heritage and together they raise their 2 wonderful daughters. Upon completion of High School, Tracy went on to Southwestern College to finish her Associate degree while taking medical classes at a nearby trade school. She found a love for bringing positivity into a child’s life while working for the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. Tracy was able to work as a school clerk, a teacher’s aid, as well as a paraprofessional in Special Education within the district’s various schools and quickly, saw the way a positive attitude can change a child’s outlook on their own capabilities.

Before Tracy found DanzArts, she knew she wanted a dance company that would encourage and push her daughters to do their absolute best while building confidence and self-esteem; a company that cares about the child as a whole, with each one being unique and with abilities that vary. With much joy, she came upon DanzArts!

Tracy and her family have been a part of DanzArts since 2015. In 2017, Tracy was chosen by Patricia Astorga-Casey to be the Treasurer of the DanzArts fast-growing company. Patricia has a passion for a dancer’s success that is inviting and contagious! Tracy feels blessed to be not only the Treasurer of a growing company but a tool in bringing Patricia’s dream to fruition.

Tony Valencia

Tony Valencia


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.

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.