Director / Faculty

Francisco Nevarez-Burgueño

Folklórico Director

At the age of 14, Francisco became part of Compania de Danza Folklórica in Chihuahua, Mexico. From 1978 to 1990, under the direction of Leonor Avalos, he learned a large repertoire of traditional and popular Mexican dances, costume design, choreography, lighting and set design. In 1992, he founded and served as general director and choreographer for Mexico: Images and Traditions Folkloric Group for adults and children in the New York City metro area. He was also the Princeton University Ballet Folklórico Artistic Director from 2000 to 2002.

Jesús Rowéndolas

Jesús was born in Ciudad Juarez Mexico. At age 14 he joined the renown Grupo de Danza Makahui del Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico industrial y de Servicios 114 (CBTIS 114), under the direction of Salvador Estrada Madrid (Chava), in which he was the lead instructor, music technician and costume organizer for five years, giving him the opportunity to learn from some of the most renowned dance teachers in Mexico, and to places like Iguala Guerrero, Guadalajara Jalisco, Nayarit, la Paz Baja California Sur, Tecate Baja California Norte, etc. In 2009 he created the company “Alma Danzante” in Albuquerque, New Mexico producing more than 60 performances in two years and in 2016, “Grupo Folklorico Desoluna” was born under his direction. He hopes his passion in teaching leaves a mark on the next generation of professional dancers.