Alejandro Góngora, Artistic Director

Alejandro teaches and choreographs folkloric dance as a means to connect with different people and celebrate diversity.

The word "folklore" speaks to many aspects of culture, and Alejandro harnesses that richness in his artistic expression and teaching methodology. He uses historical references, mythology, math, props, reseaerch, and technology as mediums for teaching choreography and expressing sentiment. 

In each presentation, Alejandro leaves a little piece of Mexican culture and essence for the audience to enjoy.

His creative instincts were first fueled by his upbringing in a Mexican immigrant working class home with musicians, artists and bakers as family members.

Alejandro believes dance and culture should be equally accessible to all and is proud to offer free classes to the public.

He has performed Mexican folkloric dances since 2005. Most notably, he performed at the White House Press Room on September 21, 2016 for President Obama's Proclamation of National Hispanic Heritage Month. In 2016, he also received a certification in Danza Folklórica Mexicana from the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) & the Mexican Cultural Institute. 

Mr.Góngora received formal training from various instructors associated with the following companies: Compañía de Danza Ticuán (Tijuana, Mexico, 2006), Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes (Sacramento, CA, 2007 and 2009), Pacifico Dance Company (Los Angeles, CA, 2010), and Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company (Los Angeles, CA, 2012). He also has west african dance training and ballet training from UC Santa Barbara and L'Università di Bologna.

Alejandro has a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. double major in Sociology and Italian Studies with concentrations in Latin American and Gender Studies. Some of his guest lectures include empirical analysis of gender performance intersecting with Mexican national political identity.