I'm a n the summer of 1973, several families who in the past had taken adult lessons in Folklorico Dance realized that they had shared a common philosophy. The need to assure that children were taught the traditional dances of Mexico. Only by teaching our youth, the beauty and history of the traditional dances can we assure that the art form will continue and prosper in future generations. No groups existed at that time dedicated to instructing children, so these families together created "LOS MESTIZOS de SAN JOSE". The founding members were from the families Castro, Gutierrez, Rocha, Rodriquez, and Carrasco. Los Mestizos has been responsible for teaching thousands of children over those 32 years many of which have continued throughout their adult lives as dancers, directors and teachers.
Los Mestizos de San Jose has participated in the Danzantes Unidos Festival since its inception in 1979. They have ranked amongst the top groups in the company of over 1200 participants. Los Mestizos have participated in workshops with the DUF and ANGF for over 20 years, in cities such as Fresno, San Diego, and Salinas. They have also had the opportunity of participating in workshops with master folklorico instructors in the origins of folklorico dance in Guadalajara and Oaxaca, Mexico. Los Mestizos have also participated in
San Jose's Mexican Heritage Mariachi Festival every year.
In 2004 the directorship was passed down from Mrs. Theresa Rodriguez to Hector Gonzalez.
He has being doing a GREAT job with the group. It just keeps growing and growing with new dancers everyday..
» Beginning Dance
» Tuesday 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Mestizos Studio (Julian St.)
» Friday 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Emma Prusch Park
» Tuesday 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Mestizos Studio (Julian St.)
» Friday 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Emma Prusch Park
» Adult/Parents Class
» Tuesday 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Mestizos Studio (Julian St.)
» Friday 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Emma Prusch Park
» Advanced Dance
» Monday 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM - Mestizos Studio (Julian St.)
» Sunday 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM - Mestizos Studio (Julian St.)
For more information please send us a message. Thank you for you interest.
Los Mestizos de San Jose are also available to dance at private events.