Guadalupe Dance Company
The Dance Program offers educational classes and programming and is home to the professional resident Guadalupe Dance Company and Dance Academy. The company creates and performs new works in Mexican Folklorico and Flamenco Dance styles and has performed with groups such as the San Antonio Symphony and is available for touring.
The Guadalupe Dance Company, based out of San Antonio, Texas, is the professional dance company of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Unique among the nation’s dance ensembles, the Guadalupe Dance Company is one of the leading professional Folklorico and Flamenco companies. Founded in 1991, the unparalleled skill, choreography and costuming of its corps of dancers make for exceptional artistry that is both culturally enlightening and technically stunning in its execution. With artistic guidance of visiting artists, the Dance Company produces original both contemporary and traditional dance productions throughout the year. Performing in and around San Antonio venues, the Company has been invited to dance for The Dallas Cowboys, Texas A&M, The Tejano Music Awards, the Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth and the Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston, TX to name a few. The Dance Company has also had the great honor to share the stage with the San Antonio, Houston and Nashville Symphonies. In addition, the Company has also been invited to perform for local and national Television shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show and Despierta America and was also featured in the dance segment of traveling media exhibition CHICANO NOW!
Meet our dancers:
Jeannette Chavez (Dance Company Artistic Director) has been teaching in San Antonio for twenty years in the Guadalupe Dance Academy, Palo Alto College and in several after school programs and community centers. She has had the opportunity to work with Miguel Vargas, Rafael Zamarripa and Serafin Aponte. An original member of the Guadalupe Dance Company, Jeannette currently directs the Guadalupe Dance Company and Academy.
Sabrina Latigo began dancing at the age of three. Her studies began in Folklorico Basics with the Guadalupe Dance Academy at the age of six. Throughout her studies with the Guadalupe Dance Academy she has been part of many Company productions and she is now a member of the Guadalupe Dance Company.
Belinda Menchaca (Company Director 1992 – 2011) became Director of the Dance Company in 1992 and has choreographed many original pieces in collaboration with the San Antonio Symphony. Belinda began her training through the City Parks and Recreation program, and from 1977 to 1990, she was the principal dancer for Compañía de Arte Español, a former local flamenco dance company. She then studied Flamenco and Spanish classical dance with several instructors while living in Madrid, Spain.
Marisa Perez first began dancing with San Antonio Parks and Recreation at the age of three. She studied Folklorico under the direction of Huemantzin Lopez and Flamenco with Carmen “Chiqui” Linares for several years as part of Danza Hispana Infantil. She also danced with Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico in Austin. Marisa has been part of the Guadalupe Dance Company since 2008.
Marlene Pita started dancing at the age of 11, after being introduced to the Guadalupe Dance Academy by her brother, Jesse Borrego. She later became a company member in 2000. After a brief hiatus, she has been invited to work with the Company as an apprentice.
Denise Rios has been dancing for over 30 years. Her studies bagan at the age of three under the direction of Teresa Champion. She has also performed with Fandango, Danza Hispana, Entre Flamenco, and the Guadalupe Dance Company. Besides all of the wonderful maestros the Guadalupe Dance Company has worked with Denise has also studied with Chiqui Linares, Stephanie Ramirez, and Antonio Granjero. For many years Denise was the dance instructor for Fandango, San Antonio Parks and Recreation, and the Guadalupe Dance Academy.
Crystal Zuniga has been dancing with the Guadalupe Dance Company for ten years. Aside from performing with the Dance Company, Crystal is a Folklorico Instructor for the youngest dancers of the Dance Academy. She has performed in several productions such as Alma de Mujer, Historias y Recuerdos, Fiesta POPS with the San Antonio Symphony and many more.