José Soto, Mexican Folklórico Dancer

José Soto, Mexican Folkloric Dancer, Phoenix, AZ | 2018

José Soto is a dancer and teacher of traditional Mexican folkloric dance. He learned the form from his mother, a seamstress and costume maker, during his childhood in Sinaloa, Mexico, where he regularly participated in annual school festivals and community events. He later studied formally at California State University Fresno with the late Ernesto Martinez and learned not only the significance of the dances throughout Mexico, but also their role in the Chicano movement in the United States. Since 2010, Soto has directed Tradiciones Dance Company in Phoenix. He will work with apprentice Hector Villalba who joined Tradiciones seven years ago at age 13.

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