SAVE THE DATE FOR 2025: April 23rd to 27th

Workshop Levels

Students will register as follows:

  • Level I: (Ages 8 and up). Students must know the basics of the zapateado and must be able to follow basic instructions with at least one year of dance experience.
  • Level II: (Ages 8 and up). Students must know the basics of the zapateado and coordination (including skirt work) and have at least two years dance experience
  • Level III: (Ages 13 and up): Students must demonstrate an advanced level of zapateado technique, coordination, and performance. Must have six or more years of dance experience.
  • Master Class: (Ages 18 and up): Designed for participants who have experience in dance, directing, and choreography. Minimum age is 18. NO EXCEPTIONS. Emphasis will be on dance. Must have at least eight years of dance experience.

Please Note: The master instructors will ask students to step down to the appropriate level, if a student registers for a class that may be determined too difficult for them. If moved down from the master class, refunds will be made after the conference.

Levels I, II and III registration is $115 per student

Masters level registration is $165 per student



Required Apparel

  • Folklórico students bring Vestuario if you are participating in Student Showcase.
  • Masters only: Please bring your Jalisco and Ranchera vestuario to participate in the Espectacular Concert.
  • All Students: For Friday’s student exposition presentation please wear a plain black tshirt or leotard and black bottoms.
  • All female dancers please bring the following to each session: your shoes, practice skirt, rebozo, a paliacate.
  • All male dancers please bring the following to each session: your boots, a paliacate.
  • Wear appropriate and comfortable attire.
  • Tennis shoes AND dance shoes are required.

Registration fee Includes:

  • Instruction by Folklorico master level instructors

Workshops are not meant to be private lessons. One-on-one instruction is not available. The Education Committee reserves the right to reassign participants at the recommendation of an instructor during the initial session.

I.D. Bracelet

Must be worn to gain entrance to any LFTIMC events. I.D. bracelets are non-transferable and non-replaceable. Replacement bracelets will be charged the full amount. If bracelet is altered in any way, for any reason, this will result in your immediate expulsion from all conference events.

Participant Pick-Up, Drop-Off

Pick up and drop off will be at the west entrance. If you will be staying it is recommended you park in Lot B for $10.

Workshop Books

Workshop participants will receive ONLY ONE workbook. A $10 fee will be charged to replace a lost or stolen workbook. Replacements are subject to quantity on hand.


Aggressive behavior or physical confrontation will result in dismissal from the conference without a refund. Alcohol or use of uncontrolled and illegal substances during the conference is also grounds for dismissal.


Folklorico Instructors

Masters Level

Maestro Ignacio Sánchez

  • Maestro y Coreógráfico del Ballet Folklórico Infantil
    de la Secretaría de Educación del Estado Colima
  • Teaching: The Material covered that will be presented
    in the Espectacular Show – all repertoire will be music
    by Sol de Mexico de Josè Hernàndez

Level III

Maestro Cristian Azael Gutiérrez

  • Maestro Fundador de Ballet Folklórico Infantil de la
    Secretaría de Educación del Estado Colima
  • Teaching: Alegorias Charras

Level II

Matisse Azul Rainbolt is a 22-year-old dancer from San Bernardino, California. She has been dancing since the age of four and teaching since the age of 15. Her favorite regions to dance are Jalisco, Veracruz, and Huastecas!  She enjoys learning and dancing lots of different regions. 

Level II

Maestra Kareli Montoya

  • Artistic Director Ballet Folklorico Los Angeles
  • Teaching: Maestra Montoya’s Original Mariachi
    Disney Suite

Level I

Jose Luis Baca was part of the first generation of Ballet Folklorico Tapatio formed in 1997 and is still a part of the master dance level. In 2007 he was appointed as the new director of award-winning Ballet Folklorico Tapatio by Maestro Sergio Valle Vasquez, and he takes pride as his successor.

Level I

Maestra Lilana Gonzalez Rodriguez

  • Maestra de Ballet Folklórico de la Secretaría de
    Educación y Cultura del Estadio de Colima
  • Teaching: Sones Colimotes
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