Director, General & Artistic
Manuel Vizcarra Jr.
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 interested in other dance disciplines aside from the folk dances of Mexico . By the time he started high school, Mr. Vizcarra knew he would form part of the theater arts department to enhance his artistic vision. His dance classes allowed him to explore new dance styles and fundamentals. As he gained more experience in dance, he then began to assist as dance instructor for the beginner and intermediate classes in Ballet Folklorico Xochiquetzal. As time went by he was promoted to Principal Dance Instructor of the intermediate class. In college, he continued to gain skills by joining the college dance program. Mr. Vizcarra was so inspired by all of the different dance forms that led him to create his own choreography's. 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, And has had the privilege of working with many professional directors and their company's including 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.
Assistant Instructor, Company Level I
Ms. Sanchez has been a dancer for 11 years and has had a wonderful experience sharing her passion with the students of Tradición. She is a co-captain of her high school dance team at Diamond Ranch High School. She will be graduating soon and hopes to continue dancing after graduation as dance has become one of her biggest passions. She enjoys spending time with her students and helping them develop their dancing skills while learning about the Mexican culture.
Assistant Instructor, Company Level II
Ms. Aaliyah’s interest in the arts initiated at the early age of four, dancing ballet, tap and jazz. Her interest in folklorico started a couple years later when she joined Tradición Dance Company in 2011. Although she had limited knowledge of the Mexican culture she was astonished by the colorful costumes, music and zapateados. In 2017 Ms.Aaliyah was offered to assist with the level I class and since then has been overjoyed in working with her students. This has been one of the best experiences of her life and credits her director Mr. Manny Vizcarra and her parents who have always been so supportive. She is currently expressing herself as an actor and cheerleader at school and wishes to expand her knowledge in the arts. school and wishes to expand her knowledge in the arts.
Instructor, Academy Level I
Instructor, Academy Level II, Adult
Ms.Vizcarra has been dancing since the early age of 9. As a child taking ballet and dance classes Ignited her interest in dance. Later her mother enrolled in a Mexican folklorico class that interested her because of the upbeat music and skirt movements. She quickly gained a strong dedication and passion in folklorico which got her the position of assistant for the group where she was dancing. Through her career she has been able to participate in multiple workshops, festivals and is a current company dancer with Tradición Dance Company. As a folklorico instructor through the years she has gained so much joy and appreciation seeing her students enjoy and grow their skills in dance.