Traditional Mexican Folk Dance
San Jose CA USA

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2017 marks his third season as Los Lupeños de San Jose’s Artistic Director. Since his arrival LLDSJ has re-emerged as one of the finest dance companies in the United States with a brand new repertoire and a vision that continually excites dancers and audiences Samuel Cortez, was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, México. He started dancing at the age of 5 but it wasn’t until he became a member of the Ballet folklorico de la Universidad de Guanajuato when he became interested in teaching, this being the reason why he started traveling and taking classes with several companies across the country.
In 2001, funded Mexican Dance Ensemble, one of the most important companies in the Midwest with who he directed many performances at important and historical venues, won various international competitions, and sent on tour to countries including: Greece, Turkey, France, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, and Dubai. Created works for MDE to share stage with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mariachi Vargas and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, Mariachi Reina de los Angeles, Eugenia Leon, Che Malambo, Aida Cuevas and Sones de Mexico, among others.
He has been the recipient of awards such as Mexicanos Exitosos en el Extranjero from Mexicanisimo Magazine, 2010 Choreographer of the year and the Coty Award presented on behalf of the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation and Dance Chicago Festival, recognition twice on behalf of the Mexican government of Guerrero, commendation from Senator Harry Reid for increasing international multicultural awareness in the arts congressional recognitions by congresswoman Shelley Berkley for contributions to the arts and cultures, and In 2014 having October 10th proclaimed as Mexican Dance Ensemble day in Illinois.

  • Artistic Director of Los Lupeños de San José.
  • Founder Director Mexican Dance Ensemble, Chicago IL.
  • Dance Professor Santa Clara University.
  • Multicultural Arts Lidership Institute 9th Generation.
  • Instructor School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza.
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International Dance Council member

CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the unesco headquarters in paris, where it is based..

Mexicanos Exitosos en el extranjero.

Mexicanísimo is a magazine dedicated to provide a high quality reflection of the magnificence of mexico. with a critical and passionate look, it gives voice to a diversity of topics that shows the best and most valuable of mexican culture.

Choreographer of the year. Dance Chicago.

Dance Chicago is widely recognized as the largest dance festival of its kind in the world.23 years, 150,000 individual performers, 7,000 choreographers, 250,000 audience members and 600 spectacular dance shows

  • Performance Experiences

    Directing numerous performances at several venues tours and festivals, including: Greece tour 2014, Turkey Summer Tour 2012, France-Spain tour 2011, Flower Festival Taiwan 2011, Taiwan tour 2010, Nan Ying Festival 2010, Europe Tour 2010 (France, Spain, Portugal), Portugal tour 2011, Spain and Portugal summer tour 2008, UAE Shopping Festival Dubai 2008.
    Dance Chicago and The Best of Dance Chicago 2007, 2008,2009, 2010, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Family Program, Fiestas Patrias Mexicanas 05,06,07,08,09, 11 Millennium Park, Fiestas Patrias in Queens NY 07, 2nd Mexican Dance Competition NY (1st Place), Gran Competencia de Cuadros Folkloricos Dallas TX (1st Place), 1st Mexican Dance Competition NY (2nd Place), Harris Theatre (Premier 5 different programs ), Athenaeum Theatre (Premier 2 different programs), Chicago Theatre, Latin Dance Revue and recently selected as part of Music and Movement Festival of the Auditorium Theatre.
    Created works for MDE to share stage with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mariachi Vargas, Nuevo Tecalitlan, Mariachi Angeles, Eugenia Leon, Che Malambo, Aida Cuevas and Sones de Mexico among so many others.
    To date, created two productions for Los Lupeños de San Jose, Antaño and Tierra Mestiza. Collaborated for the play Conference of the birds and 2016 production of Macario with Teatro Vision.

  • Profesional Experiences

    2017 Santa Clara University Professor
    2015-date Los Lupeños de San Jose, San Jose CA Artistic Director
    2001–2014 Mexican Dance Ensemble, Chicago, IL Director
    2002–2005 Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl, Elgin, IL Artistic Director
    2000–2001 B.Y. N.C., Ballet Folklorico, Chicago, IL Artistic Director
    1994-1996 B. F.Universidad de Guanajuato, Guanajuato Assistant Director

  • Dance Education

    Universidad de Colima, Ballet folklórico de la Universidad de Guanajuato, Insituto Pavlova, Ballet Folklorico Placetas, Centro Cultural Tijuana, ANMDPM.
    Attended professional level training seminars, including classes with well known teachers as Juan Carranza Soriano (President of the IIDDFM AC and Personal Mentor), Rafael Zamarripa (U de Colima), Miguel Velez Arceo (U de Veracruz), Jaime Guerrero (Nuevo Leon, Mexico), America Balbuena (Guanajuato, Mexico), Dorilian Martinez (Tabasco, MX), Juan Carlos Gaytan (U de Colima), Cecilio Cordero (Tijuana), Lucia Arciniega (Jalisco), Talleres del Instituto Cabanas (Jalisco), Talleres BF del H. Ayuntamiento (Jalisco), Juan Gil Martinez Tadeo (Baja California), Ernesto Luna (Veracruz), Canizalez Dietrich (Tamaulipas) Marco Antonio Ojeda (BCS), Orquidea Giselle Figueroa (Guerrero) among so many others.

  • Workshops Imparted

    Estampas Folkloricas Mexicanas (New York City, NY), Estampas y Tradiciones (New York City, NY), BF San Nicolas Tolentino (New York City, NY), BF Mexicano (Milwaukee, WI), BF Alegre (Dallas, TX), Aspen Santa Fe BF (Aspen, CO) Danzantes Unidos 2003.(North California), BF Corazon de Mexico (Toledo, OH), Special Guest and instructor at The Texas Association for Hispanic Dance and Culture Leadership Institute (Dallas TX), Princeton University Ballet Folklorico, BF Sabor Latino (Denver, Co), Roy Lozano’s BF (Austin TX), BF Nuestra Herencia (Lubbock TX), BF Bailadores de Bronce (Seattle WA), BF Sol de Fort worth (Dallas TX). Bailes de mi tierra Festival 2011,2012, 2013,2014, 2015, 2017 (Austin TX) –Instructor and Judge-, Viva Aztlan Festival 2011, 2012, 2013,2014, 2017 (Lubbock TX), Instructor and Judge- Festival de los Danzantes, BFU Stanford, Mariachi and folklorico festival Tucson AZ 2015 and 2016, Bf Sol y Luna San Jose State University, Mejicas from UCSC and Sol Huasteco in Vegas Nevada, Los Mestizos del Valle, Fresno CA., Danzantes Unidos 2017