Alejandro Góngora

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Alejandro teaches and choreographs ballet folklórico  as a means to create community con corazón in DC. Alejandro is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of Corazón Folklorico DC INC. His mission is to create art with people and showcase Mexico’s rich cultural diversity and history. His creativity comes from his upbringing in a Mexican immigrant household in San Diego, California 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 community. In each presentation, Alejandro leaves a little piece of Mexico for the audience to enjoy.

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Mr. Góngora has performed for ambassadors, diplomats, dignitaries, cultural attachés at events such as President Obama's Proclamation of National Hispanic Heritage Month (2016) and the Embassy of Mexico's Independence Day Gala (2018). Most notably, he trained in 2018 with Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernandez from Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez in New York City, Chicago, and Tulsa. Mr. Góngora has trained with instructors from: Compañía de Danza Ticuán (Tijuana, Mexico, 2006), Instituto Mazatlán Bellas Artes (Sacramento, CA, 2007/2009), Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company (Los Angeles, CA, 2012), UC Santa Barbara Dance Company (2009-2013), and L'Università di Bologna 2010-2011). 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 from UC, Santa Barbara.